Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at SMU prospects

Khalil McCathern- S, Smithville

Ball Skills: McCathern is extremely athletic, being a star basketball player as well for Smithville, and he is able to show his leaping ability and then his ability to take an interception back for a touchdown on multiple occasions. He needs to work more on catching the ball with his hands and going up to the highest point, but McCathern won't have a problem doing that with some coaching.

Technique: Coming down from his safety position, McCathern displays great physicality in the box but also possesses the size to be a safety that can cover his portion of the field easily. He explodes through tackles after staying low enough to be in good position to drive through the ball carrier. There are plenty of bone-crushing hits on his highlights that you will see, but you'd like to see him wrap up a little better.

Coverage: McCathern is patient back in the secondary and with his long arms, he is able to tip away balls that other safeties may not have enough reach for. For a tall safety, his hips move pretty fluidly and he can cover ground quickly across the field. McCathern will not wow you with his speed, but he is fluid out there and will develop more speed with coaching and training.

Side Note: Last season, McCathern earned first team all-district honors after racking up 102 tackles and three interceptions.

Offers: SMU, Texas State and Texas Tech.


HT: 6-4

WT: 210



Holton Hill- CB, Houston Lamar (2015)

Ball Skills: Hill always seems to be around the ball no matter where it is on the field. He could be making a tackle, recovering a fumble or grabbing an interception, but Hill runs to the ball every play and that shows how good his instincts are. His height allows him to go up in jump ball situations and matchup against taller receivers.

Technique: Hill is an extremely long and athletic cornerback, which has to excite college coaches when you watch him. He's not afraid to come up in run support and does a good job of keeping receivers off of him so he can step up with run support. Hill also does a nice job going low at players and also will take his shots on players if given the opportunity.

Coverage: After talking with Hill at the Texas State 7-on-7 tournament, you can tell that he loves to work on his technique and understands what it takes to be a great defensive back. He talked about working on his hip turns and making sure he can turn and run well, which is something he already does well. If he can add a little bit of weight and drop his 40-time next spring and summer, he will be a top 100 recruit.

Side Note: As a sophomore, Hill recorded 33 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Hill was recognized by both Fox Sports Next's Greg Powers and Annabel Stephan as one of the Top Underclassmen from the Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament.

Offers: Baylor, Houston, SMU and Texas Tech.

Measurables: HT: 6-2

WT: 175

40-Yard Dash: 4.73

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.43

Vertical Jump: 31.8"



Ronnie Wesley- RB, Houston Lamar (2015)

Power: By no means is Wesley a power back, but he does display the strength and toughness to take a hit and isn't afraid to put his head down at the end of a run. He can shrug off tacklers around his toes and continue to get down the field, but as stated above, he will not run over most middle linebackers.

Vision: Wesley is an extremely patient runner and can breakaway from defenders once he makes that first cut. Wesley understands extremely well why his blockers are in certain positions and follows them down the field. Wesley is another player that can catch the ball out of the backfield and get down the field quickly as a check down option.

Agility/Acceleration: With Wesley's great vision, when he does decide to turn on the afterburners and break a run for a big gain, he can. If defenders do not take the proper angles when going after Wesley, there is little chance that they will catch him. He's built extremely well for 5-foot-8 and has a good burst when he gets into the second level. With a college weight room, he could be a solid feature back for most schools even at his size.

Side Note: Wesley amassed 1,020 yards on 187 carries with 14 touchdowns, which earned him the title as 20-5A Newcomer of the Year.

Offers: Houston and SMU


HT: 5-8

WT: 175

40-Yard Dash: 4.56

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.47

Vertical Jump: 28.9"



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