The first early signing period for college football arrived on Wednesday, and the paperwork quickly started coming in. With that in mind, Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of that class to let you know what to expect once they arrive on campus.
We haven’t seen the best of Julian Major. We probably haven’t seen anything close to it.
The 6-foot-1 Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) wide receiver was flying high in the lead-up to his senior year. He had just come off a commitment to Michigan State in July. Then the speedy wideout went through two of the most frustrating injuries an athlete can have.
“I Folded on y’all boys this year partially tearing both of my hamstrings before senior year started,” Major wrote, “but it only gave me stronger character.”
Amazingly he missed only four games and helped lead Penn Hills to an 8-4 record in coach Jon LeDonne’s first season. Now he has some time to rest and heal as he won’t be playing prep sports any longer. He plans to enroll early at Michigan State on Jan. 5.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) December 20, 2017
It didn’t surprise LeDonne to see Major make that move. Though he won’t be the most outspoken player, his actions tell the tale, and he wants to be prepared to contribute as early as possible in college.
“He’s a team player,” LeDonne said. “He’s very humble, a very quiet guy. He’s a leader on that field, though. He gets vocal at times. But it’s more about the team than himself, and that’s one of the biggest things I’ve seen from him this year.
“You come in sometimes and you think big-time recruits are about themselves, but he was about the football team and doing what he had to do for the team to be successful.”
High School: Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 20 player in Pennsylvania, No. 100 wide receiver in the country
Commitment date: July 29, 2017
How he fits in: Major’s 6-1 size won’t really catch your eye on paper, but on the field, his length makes him look much more physically imposing. And though he’s slim, Major does not shy away from using his body. He’s a physical receiver who will do all he can to establish good positioning against opposing defensive backs. And even when slowed by injuries, he proved tough to stop in the open field. It will be interesting to see how fast and agile he is at 100 percent.
“I think he fits the mold of the type of receiver that they recruit at Michigan State, kind of tall, lengthy, rangy,” LeDonne said of Major. “I’m sure they’re going to put a little bit of weight on him in the weight room, but I think he fits that prototypical mold that they look for.”
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