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.