Embody Evaluations

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

Brad Lundblade- OL, Argyle Liberty Christian

Athleticism/Technique: Lundblade's strength is clearly his most important attribute and while he is not fast, his 4.67 20-yard shuttle displays some good lateral movement. Lundblade moves well into the second level of defenses and can get under opponents well in run blocking situations. Lundblade does play tall at some points of his game, but overall he carries his 290 pounds well and uses his size to his advantage.

Pass Blocking: Lundblade uses brute strength and not necessarily good technique to ward off pass rushers. On film, you can see him using his upper body to just swat away opponents instead of displaying good knee bend and getting under them to keep them at bay. Lundblade is clearly a good fit inside at guard or center because his pass blocking technique needs a little work for the next level, but because of his overall athleticism, he should be able to pick up new techniques. Opponents too often get good hand placement on him during pass rush situations and when facing stronger opponents, that could be an issue.

Run Blocking: In the pro-style offense run by Liberty Christian, Lundblade has no problem taking opponents and turning them inside or out to open holes for the running backs. Lundblade is able to push players out of the screen or drive them into the ground. It's obvious when you watch him play that he enjoys punishing opposing players, but when he goes up against FBS talent, he will need to extend his arms more to make sure the players cannot get inside hand placement on him.

Side Note: Lundblade's father, Kirk, played for SMU in the 80s on the basketball team.

Offers: North Texas, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

HT: 6-3

WT: 290

40-Yard Dash: 5.55

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.67

Vertical Jump: 27"

Highlights:



Carson Meier- TE, Tulsa Union (Okla.)

Ball Skills: Meier is one of the top receiving tight ends after you watch him go up and make plays on the ball. He can catch it over the shoulder, high and over the middle, and even had a couple of one-handed grabs. When you watch him make the catch, he looks the ball in all the way. Meier doesn't have a problem making catches over the middle either and could be a big target in the redzone for any quarterback.

Technique: While blocking, he does play a little high and it has to be tough at 6-foot-6 to get low when you're not always being coached to stay low, but Meier will have to learn quickly or else he will solely be used as a receiving threat. Meier uses his hands to get off the press well and does a good job planting his foot and breaking his routes well. He shows good drive off the ball and has solid speed it appears.

Blocking: Meier does not have a lot of weight to go with frame, but he does display a good amount of strength when he tosses aside opponents in the run game. Meier also shows that he can stalk block extremely well and make sure the play goes the way it is supposed to. With a college weight program, Meier will be equally dangerous in the run blocking game as he is in the passing game.

Side Note: Watch Meier's film just to see all of the different uniform combinations Union has. I lost count! Also, SMU is the only school recruiting Meier as a defensive end.

Offers: Duke, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Rice, Rutgers, SMU, Washington State and Wisconsin

Measurables:

HT: 6-6

WT: 220

Highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/440094/highlights/45966376

Jamie Jacobs- OLB, Waco Midway

Technique: Jacobs arm tackles a little too much, and you never seen him really explode through a tackle. He needs to play a little lower because whether it is chasing a quarterback or sizing up a ball carrier, he is a little high and is caught flat-footed sometimes. It's obvious that Jacobs puts work in the film room and knows the defense, which helps him when he is caught flat-footed. If he puts on more weight, he should be a terror off the edge.

Versus the Run: In the running game, Jacobs is sometimes a little slow to react, which results in his tackles not being extremely physical. He does a good job of turning plays inside, but needs to work on his speed when getting to the ball carrier. What is a big plus is that overall, he understands his role in the defense and can set the edge well.

Versus the Pass: Jacobs shows a solid zone coverage drop and he keeps his eyes on the quarterback while doing so, which allows him to make plays in pass coverage. When sent on a blitz, Jacobs goes 100 percent and dips his shoulder to get around pass blockers and get to the quarterback.

Side Note: Was an All-District performer, while enrolled in multiple AP classes and earning a 3.6 GPA.

Offers: Baylor, Houston, Oregon State and SMU

Measurables:

HT: 6-4

WT: 215

40-Yard Dash: 4.94

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.85

Vertical Jump: 27.9"

Bench Max: 245

Squat Max: 300

Highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1392091/highlights/12727373

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