I continue my breakdowns with cornerback.
Justin Cox (JR)
4 star juco transfer who originally signed with MSU out of West Point but had to go the juco route. At 6’2 190, he immediately fits into the bigger type of CB that Darius Slay and Jon Banks were. After watching him all spring, I’m sold on his ability. He plays extremely physical on the outside as an intimidator. He has speed to burn. Definitely an NFL type talent that has to prove it on the field. A big year and he could be 1 and done.
Cedric Jiles (Soph)
First off, I have Jiles listed as a sophomore but he’s a freshman on 247. I think he can get last year back via a medical redshirt on the back end of his career. I’m not an MSU official so don’t hold me to that listing. Anyway, at 5’10 and 190 Jiles isn’t the physically imposing CB that Cox is but he’s just as tough. In the spring he was neck and neck with Will Redmond but the suspension propels Jiles. He’s a well rounded CB who does everything well and needs to learn through experience.
Jamerson Love (JR)
The most experienced of all of MSU’s corners and the only returning one with an interception. He’s very similar in size to Jiles and ran a dead heat in the spring with Jiles and Redmond. Love is very agile and uses his quickness to jump routes. He constantly gets praise from coaches for his progress during off-season workouts. Very well could be the starter come week 1.
Taveze Calhoun (soph)
Somewhat of the forgotten man at corner for MSU. An injury kept him from competing this spring but he does return the 2nd most experience right behind Love. At 6’1 he does have really good size. He looked good in mop up duty last year. Fall camp is going to tell it all for Calhoun and his play time this upcoming season.
Will Redmond (soph)
Having him as a 3rd team guy is not indicative of his talent or his performance in the spring. Having him 3rd team is all about him sitting out 6 games and having to get in the swing of things in the 2nd half of the year. He’s 6′ 180, runs really well, and plays with route intelligence. The suspension is no doubt a set back but I fully expect Redmond to make a strong push at playing time as soon as its up.
Kivon Coman (true freshman)
Originally signed with MSU last year but had to do a year at Hargrave and was able to enroll in January and go through spring practice. I was actually very surprised to see him at CB and not safety but I began to see why. At 6’1 200 with long arms, he is quite the imposing corner. He is very raw but I like his future. Outside of coverage units I don’t see him getting a bunch of game reps but I really like Coman’s future in the defensive backfield.
Rishun McCaleb (SR)
He started his career as a walk-on from juco but he has competed in the defensive backfield at safety and corner from day 1. McCaleb is a hard worker with good size (6’3 200). From watching a bunch of practices and following McCaleb on twitter, its hard for him to not be a favorite of mine. He’s a guy you just root for.
Tolando Cleveland, Jahmere Irvin-Sils, Gabe Miles (true freshman)
All these guys turned down other major BCS offers to come play CB at MSU. All 3 bring different strengths to the table but I expect to see all redshirt considering what’s in front of them. The competition at CB the next few years will be intense.
Even though MSU lost 2 big time corners in Banks and Slay, I expect this group to do a really nice job replacing them. Cox gives gives you that immediate big time talent. Love, Jiles, and Redmond are in the middle of competition that makes everyone better. Love and Calhoun return the most experience but I’m not sure how much that matters. When you look at this position group and see no scholarship seniors and 7 guys sophomore or younger, you really have to like the future. That’s dog eat dog competition that will give you some quality starters.