Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at new SMU offerees

Matthew Adams- LB, Fort Bend Hightower

Technique: When Adams diagnoses a play, he goes 100 percent at getting after the opposing player and that is because of his quick first step to the ball. He plays a little high at times, sometimes going for the big hit but because of his good positioning, is in a good spot to go for the big hit. Shows the ability to change directions with relative ease because of good hip movement.

Versus the Pass: Adams shows that he puts the work in the film room to diagnose opposing teams' pass plays quickly, stepping in front of short throws to make the interception. Adams has an average drop in coverage, but always is around the ball from his middle linebacker position. He has the speed to make plays on balls over the middle and takes advantage of opportunities that come his way.

Versus the Run: Adams runs extremely well to the ball and is able to beat blockers to the hole and is physical when meets his target. When players bounce plays outside, Adams has shown that he takes great angles to get to the ball carrier and again shows how physical he is no matter how far down the field the runner gets.

Side Note: Adams really wants an offer from Georgia. Adams isn't concerned about racking up plenty of offers, but loves UGA, where his favorite player, Alec Ogletree, attended.

Offers: Air Force, Boise State, Houston, SMU, Texas Southern and Tulsa.


HT: 6-0

WT: 200

40-Yard Dash: 4.91

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32

Vertical Jump: 38"

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/646098/highlights/13812375

Khalil Williams- S, Fort Bend Hightower

Ball Skills: Very opportunistic when passes are deflected in the air and shows great vision when he has the ball in his hands. Williams returned kicks for Hightower and showed some good burst when doing so. He shows natural ability to get to the ball and take it away from opposing players.

Technique: His backpedal leaves something to be desired, but he has great instincts on how to attack ball carriers and take good angles. Is fearless when taking on running backs in the open field and uses angles to his advantage. In small spaces, he keeps his feet live and fills the holes well when the back gets to his level. Williams needs to work on his technique at the next level, but the natural athletic ability is there to be a dominant safety if he can fill out.

Coverage: Williams is always around the ball it seems like and when he gets the opportunity, will punish receivers when the ball comes their way. He flashes into the screen showing good break on balls and is trying to make a play every time he gets a chance to.

Side Note: Williams said that he and teammate Matthew Adams, are planning on going to the same school. "We're really close. Matthew is like a brother to me so we've really talked a lot about it"

Offers: SMU and Houston. Also receiving interest from Boise State, Iowa State and Tulsa.


HT: 5-10

WT: 180

40-Yard Dash: 4.53

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32

Vertical Jump: 30.3"


William Jeanlys- WR, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II (FL)

Ball Skills/Hands: Jeanlys could develop into a solid jump ball receiver and has good hands, but he lets the ball get into his body a little too much. That is the most glaring thing when you watch his film. When the ball is high, he needs to do a better job at going up to its highest point. Even against the smaller corners he has faced, he needs to improve his consistency in that regard since he showed that ability on a few plays.

Technique: Runs a little upright with the ball in his hands, but shows good knee bend when coming off the ball and runs average routes. He's pretty fluid when you watch him run and displays a good plant step when breaking his routes. He doesn't get pressed very often and when he faces FBS level corners, his lack of upper body strength will be an issue, but he has the frame to fill out.

Big Play Ability: Even against a lower level of competition in Florida, Jeanlys shows the ability to take a short gain and turn it into a big play because of his shiftiness even at 6-foot-2-inches tall. Jeanlys sets up his blocks well when he is in big play position and once he is in the open field, sheds at least one tackler on any given play. He's playing against just 3A competition, but he has good vision of the field and that allows him to make plenty of big plays. One thing he may not be able to do as well is reverse field on plays, he does it a lot and at the FBS level, it might not work as well.

Side Note: Was 1st team All-County by the Sun-Sentinel, 2nd Team All-County by the Palm Beach Post and was Honorable Mention All-State for Class 3A. He tore his ACL this spring and will miss his entire senior season.

Offers: SMU and Tulane. Also receiving interest from USF, Wisconsin, Missouri, FIU and FIU. Wants to go to Florida State the most, then an SEC school like Arkansas, and he "wouldn't mind going to SMU."


HT: 6-2

WT: 180

40-Yard Dash: 4.45

Vertical Jump: 39"

Bench Max: 215

Squat Max: 305


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