March 6, 2013

Detroit DB is getting major attention

One of the in-state prospects that Michigan state is very interested in for the class of 2014 is cornerback Jalen Embry of Detroit Martin Luther King High School. Embry is seeing his stock rise this spring and SpartanMag.com has some details on this standout recruit from the Motor City.

A few weeks ago SpartanMag.com attended the Best of the Midwest Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of the players we were most anxious to see was Embry. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect did not disappoint and was one of the top recruits at the event. Embry excelled in both the testing portion and the skills portion of the camp. Rivals.com Midwest Analysts had the following to say about Embry's performance.

"Defensive back was by far the deepest position group at Monday's camp, and Embry was one of the best in attendance. Embry was physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage, but he had the recovery speed to stay with those who got by him and he had his hands on a number of passes throughout the day."

We spoke with Embry briefly at the Best of the Midwest Combine and he indicated that he was very interested in Michigan State and was looking forward to heading up to East Lansing with his family for the Indiana basketball game.

As most prep fans know, Detroit King is one of the top football programs in the state of Michigan. Not only do the Crusaders routinely field quality teams, but they also have a strong tradition of producing Division 1 players. Last year Michigan State took a very long look at Mycial Allen and likely would have offered if they had more scholarship room available. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with King Assistant Coach Terel Patrick and get some details about Embry and the Spartans recruitment of him

We asked Coach Patrick what type of player Embry is and what are his strengths both on and off the football field?


"As a player Jalen can process instruction and translate those instructions immediately to the field, Coach Patrick said. He has blind faith in the coaching staff and would run though a brick wall for his coaches and teammates.

As a person Jalen is simply a great young man. He has all the off-field attributes that don't show up in the stat sheet leadership, high moral character and a great sense of humor. Jalen has one of the highest ceilings of any player that has come through the program. That's a huge statement considering the likes of Dennis Norfleet, Nick Perry and Chris Greenwood have all come through the program."

Michigan State would certainly like to add a quality player from King to the roster if things work out. Coach Mark Dantonio know the type of program they run at King and appreciates the type of football players nd young men they are developing. We spoke with Coach Patrick about the relationship that has been developed with Michigan State the past few years.

"We have great respect for the Michigan State program. It's a family, Christian atmosphere and we respect the fact that they really try to establish a relationship with the kids prior to offering. They seem very exciting about Jalen and schematically he fits their system defensively. I'm sure the interest is mutual on both ends.

Coach Samuels and Coach Collins has done a great job always being accessible and making King feel a part of the Spartan family."

The defensive scheme that the Spartan mainly employ is very similar to what King runs. The fact that Embry has size and likes being very physical are hallmarks of the Spartan defensive backfield under Coach Dantonio.

As far as scholarship offers, Coach Patrick informed us that Embry now holds offers from 5 schools, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State and Toledo. Big Ten teams such as Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and Indian are all in frequent contact.

Having followed recruiting for quote a while, player that have nearly half a dozen MAC offer this early in the process usually end up with multiple BCS offers before all is said and done. We expect that Embry's will continue to see his stock rise as he performs at camps and combine sin the coming months.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Embry's recruitment as it unfolds over the coming months. We predicted earlier this winter that Embry would likely be one of the top dozen prospects in Michigan for the class of 2014. Based on how he recruitment is progressing, we fully expect Embry to have double-digit scholarships offers before all is sad and done.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Landing an offer from Michigan state will probably come down to how well he test at Michigan State. SpartanMag.com clocked Embry at the Best of the Midwest and our time was around 4.5 seconds. If Embry shows up in East Lansing for camp and runs that type of time, do not be shocked if the staff asks him to leave campus momentarily and return so that they can officially offer him as scholarship.

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