Michigan State Football picked up its 10th recruit for 2011 in 6'1", 180 lb. safety Arjen Colquhoun from Windsor, Ontario. This is usually the part where I give you Colquhoun's star rankings, but since he's still a relative unknown - Scout, the only service who's ranked him, has him at two stars - I'll skip that part.
Colquhoun has 40 times ranging from as fast as 4.38 to as slow as 4.55, with a time of 4.42 at MSU's camp. He's ran the 400 (quarter-mile) in 48.4, and the 100 in 11.1 (wind-aided, but still). I'd say a time in the mid-4.4's sounds most plausible to me, but with a greater emphasis on the 100, the 40 time could improve. Training for the 400 (it sounds like his primary event) and the 100 can be completely different animals.
The only other offers Colquhoun received were from Central Michigan and Rice, but other Big 10 teams were interested, and it sounds like this commitment was a case of MSU being the first BCS team to offer - not always a bad thing. He recently camped at Notre Dame, and Yahoo's Greg Ladky had a radiant review:
Summer prospect camps are always an opportunity for relative unknowns on the recruiting market to get their name out to college coaches. No one accomplished that better Tuesday than Windsor, Ontario athlete Arjen Colquhoun. The 6-1, 180 pound prospect did not let a minute go by without jumping in for another rep. During one on ones, he literally took every other rep on one side of the field, either as a wide receiver or a defensive back. Though he showed some pass catching skills and some range with his taller frame, his most impressive trait is his ability to break on the ball on pass defense. Taller safety prospects usually have a rough time in one on ones against quicker receivers, but Colquhoun was fearless in breaking on the ball and being aggressive with receivers. On several occasions, he disrupted a shorter route, or broke on the ball to record a pass breakup. Colquhoun impressed at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp just one week ago, but Tuesday’s performance proves he is worth a long look north of the border.
Colquhoun ensures that the Spartans will continue to have at least one Canadian on the roster once J'Michael Deane departs this season.
A few notes on the video: Man Colquhoun looks fast, it's rare to see offense spelled "offence", and the opposing team looks like they haven't met an arm tackle they didn't like in some highlights, especially the punt return TD.