Embody Evaluations

Publisher Billy Embody breaks down three SMU prospects in his latest Embody Evaluations!

Marvin Terry- 2016 DE, South Oak Cliff HS (TX)

Versus the Pass: Terry is very active with his hands, has quick feet and stays low to be able to dip his shoulder to get by offensive linemen. When Terry comes off the edge, whether from a standup position or with his hand in the dirt, he is always looking to force a turnover either by way of stripping the ball or forcing the quarterback to throw a duck by hitting him during his release. Terry also has the athletic ability to play in space, which should allow him to be a jack linebacker or an edge rusher in passing situations. One thing that Terry may have to improve on is not being caught inside on passing situations, where he relies on his speed to still make plays.

Versus the Run: One of Terry's best attributes is his quick feet and motor, which helps him run down plays from behind and shoot the gaps along the offensive line well. Terry wraps up well and isn't afraid to come from across the field to make a play 50 yards down the field, which he did so on multiple occasions on film. Terry will have to continue to bulk up though if he wants to not be overpowered by stronger, more polished linemen at the next level.

Technique: Terry is a great athlete, who fires off the ball quickly and stays low while doing it. That is a good sign for Terry as he continues to grow and develop during his junior and senior years, who has plenty of room to fill out his frame. Terry does a great job of knowing where the play is going and it's because of his vision into the backfield whether it's tracking down a scrambling quarterback or seeing a ball carrier cut it up the field.

Side Note:During his sophomore year, Terry racked up 130 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 31 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and a touchdown on the way to being named the sophomore of the year in 11-4A.

Offers:Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech.

HT: 6-2
WT: 210
40-Yard Dash: 4.76
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.5
Vertical Jump: 27.5"

Marvin Terry Highlights

Niko Small- 2015 DB, Arlington Bowie HS (TX)

Ball Skills: Small's ball skills are his best attribute and it says a lot that he returned most of his interceptions for touchdowns. Small goes up for the ball at its highest point and has the strength to take the ball away from receivers. Once he has the ball in his hands, Small makes the most out of it with his vision of the field. Small's able to make plays on the ball because of his quick break and that will serve him well at the next level.

Technique: Small has a really nice backpedal and a quick first step out of his break. He's been coached well in coverage and has great tackling skills as well. Small's not afraid to stick his nose right into the play, rarely allowing extra yards from the ball carrier.

Coverage: Small is extremely quick in space and spent a lot of his time playing over the slot at Bowie. He's quick to break on bubble screens and does an excellent job recognizing plays quickly allowing him to make tackles before the ball carriers have time to make a move. Small can run with just about anyone with his speed, which will allow him to move outside at the next level as well. Small is also physical enough to lineup against bigger receivers on the outside and play with them.

Side Note: Small has a 3.4 GPA and earned a 1490 on the SAT while recording eight tackles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Offers:La. Tech, Northern Illinois and Southern Miss.

HT: 6-0
WT: 185
40-Yard Dash: 4.43
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13
Vertical Jump: 35"

Niko Small Highlights

Myron Gailliard- 2015 WR, Mansfield Timberview HS (TX)

Route Running: One of the smoothest route runners I have seen on tape and even at 5-9 looks like a long-strider out there. Out of the slot, Gailliard was used on wheel and seam routes down the field and did a good job creating separation between him and the defensive back. His vision for the extra yards is superb and he is always fighting for extra yards. His receiving stats aren't great, but he's a big play threat because of his ability to create that separation down the field.

Hands and Technique: Gailliard has plenty of highlight reel catches on his reel, but where he really excels is his run blocking. Gailliard doesn't have gaudy statistics, but he can cut block and stalk block extremely well and appears to take pride in that fact as well. He goes up and grabs the ball with his hands and does a good job looking the ball in. Down the seam though he has a tendency to use the basket method to catch the ball, which can lead to defensive backs being able to hit receivers hands down easier to knock the ball out so that's a habit adjustment he needs to make.

Big Play Ability: Gailliard doesn't appear to be blessed with elite speed, but where he can make an impact is being versatile. Timberview lined him up all over the field and got him the ball in creative ways, allowing him to get out in open space. Gailliard was elusive on tape and has great vision to get even a yard or two extra. With his ability to make a few guys miss on any play, he's a threat to make a big play on bubble screens and handoffs from the backfield.

Side Note:Gailliard caught 20 passes for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns on 66 carries last year.


HT: 5-9
WT: 160
40-Yard Dash: 4.6
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.4
Vertical Jump: 31.6"

Myron Gailliard Highlights

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