Embody Evaluations

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

Daniel Halverson- ILB, Riverside C.C. (Calif.)

Technique: Halverson is an incredibly physical linebacker who tackles well in the open field. He uses his size to drill opposing ball carriers and has good speed to close as well. Halverson doesn't seem to have incredible change of direction, but in the middle, he can break down and understand where opponents are going which makes up for that.

Versus the Pass: There isn't much film on Halverson either in pass coverage, but his closing speed and good tackling allow him to make plays on opponents and limit their yards after catch. It will be interesting to see how he develops athletically at SMU because he has the size, but needs a little better side-to-side movement to be able to be solid in coverage.

Versus the Run: This is where Halverson is at his best with his physicality, but he needs to learn to fight off blocks better and use his hands to get off of them. In space, Halverson is a sure tackler and inside as well. He can add more to his frame and really be a good run stuffing linebacker at the next level. He takes the correct angles to get to the ball carriers and that is a good sign for his play against the run.

Side Note: Halverson is the older brother of SMU freshman Nate Halverson, who helped the SMU coaches get Daniel to SMU.

Offers: Originally chose Portland State over Air Force and Yale, but will now enroll at SMU after finishing his Associate's Degree at Riverside C.C.


HT: 6-2

WT: 240

40-Yard Dash: 4.65


Josh Ehambe- OLB, Prime Prep

Technique: Ehambe played with his hand in the dirt a lot last season, but played high coming off the ball. He has the size for the next level, but breaking down and his form tackling leaves something to be desired. Even though he plays somewhat high, Ehambe uses his hands well to fight off blocks and plays with a physical edge on the field and runs to the ball well.

Versus the Pass: There isn't much film of Ehambe in passing situations, but in pass rushing, Ehambe needs to develop more moves to be a threat off the edge. He has a good spin move but doesn't have the counter moves to really get by opponents. His swim move is his best move because of the way he uses his hands, but if he would play lower, he could be even better.

Versus the Run: Ehambe shoots gaps well and can recognize running plays well because of his experience along the defensive line. He uses the swim move here well to get by opponents and disrupt plays in the backfield. Ehambe needs to chop his feet more to get better balance when making tackles but does well in the trenches against the run overall.

Side Note: Ehambe, who transferred to Prime Prep from Mansfield Summit, is the cousin of five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Offers: Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and SMU.


HT: 6-3

WT: 230

40-Yard Dash: 4.77

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.25

Vertical Jump: 24.7"



James Proche- 2015 WR, Prime Prep

Route Running: Proche could use a little more polishing on his route running but displays good change of direction out on the field to be able to make people miss and create separation. Because he does not have elite speed, Proche must develop his route running even more to be successful at the next level.

Hands and Technique: Proches uses his hands well and does not allow the ball to get close to his body and that is a great trait to already have. Proche breaks down well in his routes and that lets him change directions with ease. Proche is built with a thick frame for being 6-foot and if he can pick up more speed, he won't be a punching bag over the middle for defenses.

Big Play Ability: Proche doesn't have the elite speed to truly scary defenses with the deep ball, but his shiftiness can break a play open but again, his speed does not allow him to necessarily be able to go the distance. As a slot receiver, Proche can definitely be a threat down the middle with his solid route running and good change of direction.

Side Note: Proche caught 11 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 24 yards per catch for Prime Prep during his sophomore season. Remember, Prime Prep only played five games in its inaugural season.

Offers: SMU, TCU and Tulsa.


HT: 5-11

WT: 175

40-Yard Dash: 4.6

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39

Vertical Jump: 25"


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