MSU offered multiple players at its junior day Saturday, and one jumped at the chance to become a Spartan.
Jalyn Powell, an unranked athlete from Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, became the third verbal commitment for the class of 2013.
“Officially a Michigan State Spartan. #gogreengowhite” Powell tweeted.
Buckeye Grove rates him as the 29th best player in Ohio. Powell is listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds.
He is the cousin of former Spartans cornerback Chris L. Rucker. He also is a relative of Lavaile Richardson, another former Spartan who played in the late 1990s. All three played at Warren Harding.
According to Scout.com, Powell also had offers from Michigan and West Virginia.
Powell is a wide receiver and safety, thus he is listed as an athlete by Rivals.com. Scout.com and 247sports list him as a safety.
Based on this tape, it is clear he is a threat on both sides of the ball. In my humble opinion, I think safety is the best projection for him. He hits hard and reads the play incredibly well. He has that nose for the ball and play making ability that Mark Dantonio loves.
Time will tell, but this is a kid who looks to be very talented with a lot of potential all over the field. Other offers reported from junior day are Alec James, a defensive end from Brookfield, Wisc., and Matt Miller, a two-way lineman from Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (same high school as quarterback Brogan Roback).
Miller’s brother, Jack, is an offensive lineman at U-M. Stay tuned for more news following junior day, as far as offers, a list of visitors and hopefully more commits in the near future.