Embody Evaluations

Managing Editor Billy Embody takes a closer look at SMU prospects inside!

Anthony Villalobos- 2014 DE, Fossil Ridge

Technique: Whether against the run or the pass, Villalobos possesses a quick step off the ball and is able to breakdown and close on quarterbacks or ball carriers alike well. With a large frame already, Villalobos is also able to overpower offensive linemen while staying low and driving his feet well. His pass rushing moves need developing, but Villalobos displays the side-to-side quickness to do that at the next level.

Versus the Pass: Even though Villalobos doesn't have a great amount of true pass rushing moves, he is able to overpower his blockers and pursue the quarterback. When plays break down, Villalobos is able to read where the quarterback is going and capitalize with sacks because of his pursuit to the ball. Just like in the running game, Villalobos can disengage from his blockers well but must develop more pass rushing moves to be a true pass rushing threat at the next level.

Versus the Run: Villalobos shoots the gap well with his quick first step and disengages blockers well from what he has shown. Villalobos is around the ball carrier a lot because of his pursuit and effort on every play. He displays a swagger that shows he wants to be around the ball every play. With his large frame, he could be a versatile run stuffer at the next level and on passing plays, could even move inside.

Side Note: Villalobos holds a 3.5 GPA and was the 2011 7-5A District Newcomer of the Year and was also a captain on the Team USA Under-17 team.

Offers: Minnesota, North Texas, SMU and Tulsa.


HT: 6-3

WT: 275

40-Yard Dash: 4.96

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.56

Vertical Jump: 26.1"


Xavier Washington- 2014 DE, Cedar Hill

Technique: Washington is what I would call a less physical Anthony Villalobos on the field but does have solid technique, but not as much strength and not as quick of a first step. Washington does a good job staying low and driving his feet but is also less polished as a pass rusher than Villalobos. He pursues the ball well and shows good effort but must develop a better first step and fill out his frame.

Versus the Pass: Washington is a high motor guy and pursues the quarterback well but is not as athletic as Villalobos. He does a good job beating the tackle around edge, but must develop more pass rushing moves.

Versus the Run: When a run play is called, Washington does a great job of reading that and is able to get into the backfield quickly to get to the ball carrier. He does shed blocks well and that does help him against the running game. Washington is not overly dominant in the running game, but if he fills out his frame, he could be solid in that regard due to his instincts and pursuit.

Side Note: Washington carries a 3.57 GPA.

Offers: Air Force, Nevada, North Dakota, North Texas and Yale.


HT: 6-1

WT: 235

40-Yard Dash: 4.85

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.56

Vertical Jump: 28.6"



Jordan Wells- 2014 NT, Navasota

Technique: Wells plays a little high, but is able to move side-to-side well and pursue the ball because of that. With his strength, he does a good job of being able to shed blocks with his hands, which allows him to get through gaps and disrupt plays. With his college frame, he should draw some interest if he continues to perform at a high level.

Versus the Pass: Wells would probably be left off the field in passing situations at the next level but with his side-to-side quickness, could develop some moves from nose tackle. If he can improve his quickness and push the pocket back with his strength, Wells could round out his game to keep him on the field. Wells reads the running game first and does a good job on play actions of getting to the quarterback but isn't feared as a pass rusher at nose tackle.

Versus the Run: When Wells faces any running back, he can wallow them up because of his size and ability to shed blocks. Wells' ability to get through blockers and disrupt running plays is his biggest strength and if he continues to stuff the run well, he can earn a scholarship that way. SMU looks for speed and quickness from their defensive linemen so even if he shows his solid run stuffing ability, he must develop as a pass rusher to earn an offer.

Side Note: In the Class 3A Division II state championship, which his team won, six of his 10 tackles went for losses and he was named Defensive MVP of the game.

Offers: None.


HT: 5-11

WT: 270

40-Yard Dash: 5.02

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.78

Vertical Jump: 26.6"



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