Pony Stampede caught up with some of FOXSports/Scout.com's national football recruiting analysts to see what they think of some of SMU's 2012 commits:
From Mike Coppage:
DT Nick Reed—Athletic defensive lineman with a great attitude, who is a blue-collar, hard-working guy. Has a great deal of potential. It's up to him to be how good he can be.
WR Gehrig Dieter—He's a big, physical receiver whose production at the prep level has been unmatched. Taking a look at his ability on the field, Dieter displays the athletic ability to go up and grab jump balls. He also does an excellent job of adjusting to passes thrown behind him or otherwise off the mark. He's tough to bring down in the open field, shedding tackles with ease and doing whatever it takes to eek out extra yardage.
QB Neal Burcham: Neal Burcham stayed under the radar during most of his recruitment, but he also showed what he could do against the nation's big-name quarterbacks in head-to-head competition at the Elite 11. SMU looks solid for the future at QB with Burcham and Conner Preston both in the fold.
WR Daijuan Stewart: Daijuan Stewart's production on the prep level is second to none. He had over 400 yards receiving in one game as a senior - a feat he shares with Gehrig Dieter. Stewart needs to add weight and is working on that. In fact, he's not competing in basketball and track so he can focus on getting bigger and stronger. That shows how serious and dedicated he is.
OT Chauncey Briggs: At 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, Chauncey Briggs has the type of size that coaches covet. It was imperative for SMU to hold onto Briggs after former offensive line coach Adrian Klemm departed for UCLA.
CB Ty Law: Ty Law is a dynamic athlete with excellent speed from the talent-rich state of Florida. The cornerback position has been a weakness at SMU in the past, and the Mustangs were happy to sign Law after Adrian Burton switched to Florida Atlantic.
RB Prescott Line: Prescott Line will undoubtedly be a fan favorite at SMU if he comes anywhere close to achieving the success of his older brother. Prescott committed to the Ponies almost a year ago and stayed the course. There's no denying the fact that his family loves SMU.
Brian Cramer: Brian Cramer was an early offer and commitment who hails from one of Texas' strongest programs. Similar to Daijuan Stewart, he needs to bulk up in order to substantially contribute on the college level, but there's plenty of time for that to occur. The defensive staff obviously liked the potential they saw in Cramer, who was a relative unknown on the recruiting scene before he committed. He has nice height, which SMU's coaches like in their defensive ends.
From Greg Powers
CB Horace Richardson—Came in under the radar, but is extremely athletic on film. he could play a number of positions in college. Versatility is the name of his game.
MLB Damien Neroes—A tough hard-nosed football player. he has the frame to take a pounding and is always around the football. May end up being the true home-run in the 2012 class for SMU.
DE Elie Nabushosi—A big-framed defensive end, who is just getting to come around to really understanding the game. He continues to improve with each and every day.
OG Sam Rice—Not a lot of people talk about Rice, but he definitely stuck out to me the times I watched him. He is a smart lineman, who is a technician. I think he will be a solid contributor and possibly early on.
From Erin Hartigan:
WR Colin LaGasse—Typically one of the smallest guys on paper (at 5-foot-9, 185), Lagasse plays as if he's the biggest. He's certainly one of the strongest. A compact 'back that's both powerful and quick. He can slip his way by you, or if need be, go right through you. Will bring that physicality, athleticism, and energy to the defensive side for SMU. (Along with four years experience as Texas State Champion.)
S Shakiel Randolph—Love those long twizzler arms in the secondary. Attached to his 6'5, 190 frame, and combined with his great instinctiveness and speed, he can cover a lot of space. I also like how physical he is- not afraid to come up and lay a hit. Should make an early impact for the Mustangs.
DE Lincoln Richard—What's impressive about Richard is that while battling injuries throughout his high school career, he still remained one of the most impactful forces on the field for Everman. Plays under control with good technique. As for those lining up against him, good luck stopping his sturdy 6'4, 220 size at full speed (which is decent on a stopwatch.) Would like to see him get quicker, more cat-like.
From Ahmard Vital:
OG Christian Chamagua—Though still raw as a college prospect, Chamagua is still a player who has progressed a lot since his freshman year. He has the long arms and good reach for the tackle position. Very aggressive in the run block schemes, but solid in pass pro. SMU will build on he has as he will be a great prospect for the future.
S A.J. Justice—Justice is a true physical secondary player. Suited for that Nickel safety spot. He has a good motor and is a sure tackler who can get to the line of scrimmage to make plays. He is good in coverage against tight ends and inside slot guys. But the best part of his game is getting involved in the run game.
DE/OLB Jarvis Pruitt—Great player as a defensive end outside linebacker type. He has a long body which college programs are looking for. A true edge rusher to get to quarterbacks in pass rush.
OT Seaver Myers—Best part of his game is technique. He has good feet and uses his hands well. He has all the tools to be a solid left or right tackle. He knows how to work angles, putting his body in position to not have to lunge to get to defensive lineman. He also has a high football IQ, according to his high school coach.
OT Chase Walling—Solid blocker from the guard position, which he played at Lake Highlands. Good raw player, but plays a bit high at times. One he gets going, he drives his defender well, but could be more aggressive at the snap of the ball.
From Scott Kennedy:
S Daniel Roundtree—Roundtree has good size and isn't afraid to come up and make a hit. He could benefit from being in the weight room full time to add muscle to his frame. Tends to make good reads on defense and elevates well for a ball in the deep third.
From Brandon Huffman:
CB Ajee Montes—He's a good defensive back, who size-wise, is a corner, but range-wise could play safety. Very good ball skills and comes from an excellent program, where he's been coached well by former NFL Pro Bowler Daylon McCutcheon.