Latest MSU football recruit raw at cornerback

Michigan State’s latest addition to its 2013 recruiting class is a speedster with a lot of potential to grow.
Port St. Lucie (Fla.) defensive back Justin Williams, who verbally committed to MSU during his official visit on Saturday, had spent most of his time as a running back before making the switch to the secondary as a junior.
Williams spent most of this year playing cornerback but occasionally played some safety for Port St. Lucie. He also excelled as a kick returner.
“Justin is a nice sized defensive back who is very fast, who has a lot of straightaway speed. He ran a 10.5 in the 100. He actually still is new to the position so he only can get better,” Treasure Coast coach Irvin Jones said.
“Some of the stuff we do on defense is similar to a lot of the stuff that Michigan State does so I think he understands a little bit of the concept of what they do on defense and coverage. I think he was comfortable with that as well.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Williams is regarded a three-star prospect by recruiting sites Rivals.com and Scout.com and received interest from South Carolina, Purdue, Cincinnati and Marshall. He became the 16th verbal commitment for the Spartans, and can officially  sign a national letter of intent on Feb. 6.
The Treasure Coast program has¬† produced a few other Division I players, including Florida State redshirt freshmen defensive backs Lamarcus Brutus and Keelin Smith. But Williams’ speed makes him stand out to Jones.
“We’ve had other defensive backs come through our program before that were similar to him but I don’t think as fast as him,” Jones said. “When we saw his speed and size, he kind of fit the mold of what we liked to do with our secondary.”

MSU 2013 recruits
Dylan Chmura, Waukesha (Wis.) – TE
Demetrius Cooper, Chicago Julian – DT
Dennis Finley, Detroit Cass Tech – OL
Michael Geiger, Ottawa Hills (Ohio) – K
Jay Harris, Downingtown East (Pa.) – WR
Darian Hicks, Solon (Ohio) – CB
Gerald Holmes, Flint Carman Ainsworth – RB
Shane Jones, Cincinnati Moeller – LB
Trey Kilgore, Cincinnati Xavier – WR
Jalyn Powell, Warren Harding – S
Jon Reschke, Brother Rice – LB
Devyn Salmon, Plant City (Fla.) – DE
R.J. Shelton, Beaver Dam (Wis.) – RB
Damion Terry, Erie Cathedral Prep – QB
Delton Williams, Erie Cathedral Prep – ATH
Justin Williams, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast -DB

Note: It appears the Spartans have added another recruit to this list in Fort Lauderdale Dillard defensive tackle Noah Jones, according to a report from 247Sports. Jones is 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds.

Also the MSU women’s basketball team moved to 16-2 and 4-1 overall in the Big Ten with a 56-46 victory over Indiana today. The Spartans are now tied for third in the Big Ten with Purdue and a half-game behind co-leaders Penn State and Michigan. Penn State and Michigan play each other in Ann Arbor at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

This entry was posted in Football, Michigan State and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to Latest MSU football recruit raw at cornerback

  1. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Flying airplanes in combat, speed is life. For a D back it is just as essential. Welcome aboard young man. I’ll be heading back to the Michigan about the same time as you are, looking forward to seeing you on the gridiron for the Spartans.

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey Chris, with Siri you can text by talking. join the techno-world of ’13, man!

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Women prove they belong in the conversation, folks. Congratulations on another great win!

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    That’s a pretty good looking recruiting class, I’d say the sum of the parts will out shine the individuals. (but then football is a team sport unless you are on TMZ-EAST where it’s all about ONE player doing it all.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Coach Dantonio is a good judge of speed in D-Backs he was one himself at South Carolina welcome aboard Justin. Good class so far look forward to seeing young Chmura.

  5. avatar The Tanner says:

    Apps get best of Kraft baby !!!

    LaMatta go home unhappy baby !!!

    Justice Williams got speed baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the goods baby !!!

  6. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Pretty surprised not to see any comments on the men’s basketball game…..great win by the Spartans!! If not for the future NBA player Thomas, this game could’ve been a blow out.

    IMO, the next thing this team needs to do is learn to keep their foot on the gas….they seem to jump out to a good lead and then coast on both offense and defense, making for closer games than necessary.

    I think it will be huge to grab at least one win out of the next 2 road games…..beating either Wisky or the Hosers will go a long way!!

    Go Green!!

  7. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The also picked up a D-lineman from Fl:

    On Sunday, defensive tackle Noah Jones of Fort Lauderdale Dillard High School in Florida became the 17th commitment of 2013. On Saturday, defensive back Justin Williams of Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast High School committed.

    Jones, at 6-foot-3, 276 lbs., has added size over the past year without losing speed, according to SpartanMag.com’s Matt Dorsey, leading to his stock rising significantly.

    “My visit went very well, I would give it an A+,” Jones told Dorsey. “I loved how the school is like a family and not just a football team, but the students as well. My mom and grandma came with me and they loved it too.”

    Jones also had offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut and Florida Atlantic.

    • avatar headeast says:

      Saw a brief clip of this kid…gets off the ball very well…makes me think of Worthy…

    • avatar GreenGuy says:

      I for one am pleased to see a pair of late additions to the ’13 class from Florida. A key to MSU developing into a consistent B10 contender is to re-establish a strong recruiting network in Florida. Look for example at Louisville…nearly half the roster is from Florida. Mix a great QB with athletes all over the field and you’ve got BCS potential.

      Start in your backyard, be strong and connected in Ohio, add quality players from Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and…Wisconsin.

      Specifically – a 6-1 CB with wheels continues to address the need for CB’s that can handle tall receivers and still run in press man coverage. I’ve said it here before, but I’d suggest MSU start looking for taller safeties as well. Note – Kerrick @ 6-3 195 has moved from WR to safety (it happened before the bowl game – he was in pre-game warmups with the DB’s since mid-season). Future starter Cox is 6-1, other CB’s are 6-0 or so. Lippett could play FS, but he doesn’t like to hit/get hit.

      The DT @ 6-3 275 4.9 looks like he’ll be groomed to be a gap shooting NT (e.g. Jerel Worthy).

      Next year’s class will have to focus on OL and DE – in my mind at least as important as resecuring D. Harris as a dominant WR.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>