Michigan State Football: What to expect from incoming DB Darius Snow

Josiah Scott and Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State football (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Darius Snow represents the type of player new Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is going after for his secondary. Here’s what he brings to the field.

Committing to Michigan State in the 2020 class, Darius Snow was the highest-rated signee the Spartans landed and even though he dropped from a four-star to a high three-star, expectations are sky-high for the incoming safety from Texas.

Snow’s father is former Michigan State basketball standout Eric Snow and his uncle happens to be former Spartan football great Percy Snow.

Darius hails from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. He has the frame that Tucker wants weighing 215 pounds and measuring 6-foot-0. However, it is not just his size because he is a ballhawk on the field.

He’s a fringe four-star player, who had offers from Alabama, Texas, Baylor and Notre Dame. He loved the family atmosphere in East Lansing and was the 20th-best safety in the country and No. 234 overall.

Snow has excellent footwork and he’ll be learning from one of the most respected defensive minds in Harlon Barnett. Also, what I liked about his game was how quickly he turns his hips in coverage — he is fluid in his coverage. Barnett was coaching the defensive backs when the ‘No Fly Zone’ was in its hay day and it could make a return with Snow at safety.

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The incoming freshman is a kid who can play all over the field. Depending on Tucker’s defensive scheme, he could be playing some down in the box much like the old ‘Star’ position former coach Mark Dantonio used years ago. If there is a season in the fall, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play as a freshman.