July 7, 2018 8:18:47 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 56 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: Whop had 56 receiving yards in the spring game. It's Whop day on the countdown.
Devonta "Whop" Jason. The tale of the tape:
- 6-foot-3, 215 pounds out of Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, the same school that produced quarterback Keytaon Thompson
- Probably the biggest late get in MSU's 2018 signing class, as he made his commitment in December and signed so he could enroll early.
- One of the top prospects in the state of Louisiana by any recruiting service. He was originally a part of Kansas' big push in recruiting southern Louisiana, but decommitted from there as the big schools such as Notre Dame, LSU, Miami and Alabama came on, but ultimately chose MSU after Joe Moorhead and co. made their final pitch.
I think Whop is going to benefit from the same thing Thompson benefitted from in his first season: his experience in Landry-Walker's diverse spread attack relative to most high school offenses. I imagine certain postsnap reads are going to be foreign to Whop, especially in this offense that does more of that than most, but a lot of the basic concepts, route combinations and the like are going to be pretty familiar to him. On top of the edge he gained as an early enrollee that made it through every practice of the spring, I think Whop is the easy pick for a breakout player for 2018. Almost to the point that you need to pick someone else, given there are expectations for Whop.
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