Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at SMU prospects

Jordan Severt- QB, Austin Westlake

Accuracy: Severt places the ball where it needs to be on almost every throw because of his strong footwork and technique. He's able to use his mobility to get into position to make plays, but it's his accuracy that is impressive when he needs to fit the ball in a tight space or lead his receiver to the right space. Severt also keeps his eyes down the field and on his receivers even in the face of the rush so that if he is able to buy time, he knows right where his receiver will be and that also goes with knowing his playbook.

Release/Arm Strength: Severt can make almost any throw out on the field, but will need to develop a little more zip on his deep balls at the next level. His post routes are thrown really well with nice loft, but on throws between the corner and the safety, Severt cuts it a little close and will need to get the ball there faster at the next level. Severt does display nice touch when needed, but sometimes it needs to be more of a stronger throw. Severt does have a pretty quick release and is able to get the ball out quickly even in the face of a strong rush.

Footwork/Technique: This is where I am most impressed with Severt's game. You can tell that he has been well coached to step into his throws, stand tall and step up into the pocket and have no fear of doing so. He is phenomenal on the run and rolling out, displaying great ball placement, good shoulder turn and zip when throwing on the run. Severt's timing on his third or fifth step is good as well by getting the ball out when he hits these steps. Severt displays a pretty nice and smooth delivery and it starts with his footwork that helps him step into throws and not throw with just his arm.

Side Note: Severt is going to try and follow the tradition of great quarterbacks coming out of Westlake, which produced New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles.

Offers: SMU (Committed)


HT: 6-4

WT: 220

40: 4.7



Jordan Wyatt- CB, Wylie East

Ball Skills: Wyatt is really good at breaking up passes when in position and also does a good job of finishing a play with an interception instead of just breaking up passes. He's able to control his opponents fairly well with his size and that allows him to box them out and go up for jump balls. Wyatt is also a threat in the return game with his speed, which is a plus for the Mustangs.

Technique: Wyatt has good hips that allow him to turn and come out of his cuts well, but he needs some work on his backpedal and overall technique. He's a little lackadaisical in his backpedal and could use some polishing, which shouldn't be hard because he has good balance and plays with his knees bent. Wyatt's tackling could use some better technique and more physicality.

Coverage: Wyatt stays close with his opponents and does a good job recognizing routes and baiting quarterbacks into throwing the ball his way. Wyatt never gives up on plays either, evidenced by him flashing across the field to make a play on a runner who is looking like he'll score. Wyatt is a big addition because of his ability to match up with bigger receivers, but Mason could also use him on blitzes as well because he comes off the edge fast.

Side Note: Wyatt's grandmother attended SMU and Wyatt turned down his other offers because he wanted to stay close to home while getting a great education.

Offers: SMU (Committed), Air Force, Iowa State and Navy


HT: 6-0

WT: 170

40-Yard Dash: 4.4

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37



Kade Clayton- ATH, Tyler Grace Prep

Ball Skills/Hands: This is the best part of his game because it is something he would have to learn at the next level quickly if he didn't do it already and that is catching the ball with his hands. He doesn't let the ball come in close to him and goes up and gets it at its highest point. Clayton isn't going to be a jump ball receiver, but his technique allows him to challenge for balls that would be too high.

Technique: Clayton is an outstanding football player and if he comes to SMU, he could very well challenge for playing time early because his technique is already solid. He displays good burst coming off the ball and runs low. Clayton doesn't have the greatest moves in the world, but just wills himself past other players because he appears to want it more. Clayton can find the pockets in zones and be a quarterback's best friend because of that.

Big Play Ability: Clayton is the definition of big play on a football team. Whether it's in the return game, receiving or defensively, he is a threat to take one to the house on every play. Every touch he gets, he breaks it for a big gain due to his ability to see the field extremely well. With his 14.47 110 hurdles time that ranks him second in Texas, you can tell Clayton can do just about anything on the field.

Season Stats: 119 carries for 1,511 yards and 26 TDs. 26 catches for 502 yards and 6 TDs. Nine kickoff returns for 359 yards, 39.9 average and two TDs. District MVP, 1st Team All-District and second team All-State at running back and defensive back.

Offers: SMU and Texas State


HT: 6-1

WT: 175

40-Yard Dash: 4.75

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.25

Vertical Jump: 33.8"


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