Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at SMU prospects

Glenn Irons- CB, Edna Karr

Ball Skills: As a receiver at Karr, Irons racked up over 500 yards receiving and is extremely elusive after the catch. Out of the slot and on the outside, Irons makes play after play, which is a reason why he projects extremely well as a ball hawking corner. With his ball skills, he should be able to make plays no only on defense but in the return game as well.

Technique: Without seeing any film on him at corner, it's tough to say just how he will adjust at the next level, but if Derrick Odum can coach him up, which he has proven he can, Irons' athleticism makes him a possible star in SMU's defense. He plays extremely fast, which shows how comfortable he is at receiver, but because of his athleticism, he can definitely make the transition to defense.

Big Play Ability: Irons' shiftiness should allow him to break quickly on passes, intercept them and create great field position for the offense to take over. One part of his game that will help the Mustangs tremendously is his return skills, where he is a good one cut returner, which allows him to get yards quickly and if he is able to make a move, will be good for a touchdown on the return.

Side Note: Irons helped his Edna Karr team to a Louisiana State Championship this year after going 14-0.

Offers: Louisiana Lafayette, Old Dominion, SMU and Western Kentucky.


HT: 5-10

WT: 165

40-Yard Dash: 4.68

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15

Vertical Jump: 36.3"


Cedric Gambrell- DE, Cleveland

Technique: Gambrell's technique leaves something to be desired since he has more experience at offensive tackle than on defense, which concerns me because he must stay lower on defense or he will be easily overpowered in the run game. As a tackle, he plays high, but relies on his strength to control opponents, something that is another concern.

Versus the Pass: Gambrell looks like a good athlete when going side to side, but nothing to really get excited. Gambrell will be without a doubt a developmental prospect along the defensive line and since he is switching from offense to defense at the next level. He'll have to develop all of his pass rushing moves. Gambrell lacks the quickness to be a real threat rushing the passer though.

Versus the Run: In the running game, Gambrell doesn't explode into lineman like he should and that causes concern when you look at his big frame. With a frame his size, even though he is just 220-230, he should be explosive enough to drive people off the ball. When he transitions to defense, he must get a mean streak to be able to stuff the run.

Side Note: Gambrell has only been playing football for two years so whatever school secures his services will really have to coach him up.

Offers: North Texas, SMU, Texas State, UTSA and Utah.


HT: 6-4

WT: 220

40-Yard Dash: 5.25

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75

Vertical Jump: 23.1

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1454197/cedric-gambrell

Billy McCrary- 2015 ATH, Leander Rouse

Power: McCrary is definitely not going to plow through opponents like bigger, more bruising backs like to, but he does have the strength in his compact frame to stiff arm and keep opponents off of him. He uses his strength well to keep his feet moving and slip off of would-be tacklers to keep the play alive. Overall, not a power back, but does have some strength and good explosiveness.

Vision: The best part of McCrary's game is his vision and it allows him to read blocks, set up blocks and run through the holes quickly to get to the next level. Operating exclusively out of the shotgun, Rouse runs what looks to be a similar offense to the Oregon spread attack. The sweeps, options and misdirections out of the shotgun allow to McCrary to get a step ahead of defenders even though his 4.4 speed allows him to anyway.


Side Note: McCrary had 2,072 total yards and 20 touchdowns last season in his first year as a starter, which earned him the distinction of 25-4A Newcomer of the Year.

Offers: SMU and Texas State


HT: 5-11

WT: 190

40-Yard Dash: 4.44

20-Yard Shuttle: 3.87

Vertical Jump: 39"

Bench: 275


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