Embody Evaluations

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

Carl Thompson- 2015 DT, Denton Guyer HS (TX)

Versus the Pass: Thompson is extremely quick off the line of scrimmage and that allows him to be a legitimate threat from the inside in passing situations especially. Thompson does use his hands very well to get through linemen and if he can add to his strength so he can add a bull rush to his repertoire, then he could be scary for offenses to have to prepare for.

Versus the Run: While Thompson is undersized, he uses his quickness and hands to shoot gaps well against linemen to blow up running plays. The one thing you have to watch is if bigger linemen at the next level could be able t control Thompson since he is a bit undersized, something that is keeping Big 12 schools from offering right now. Once the schools break out the tape this fall, expect Thompson to blow up.

Technique: Thompson plays with a high motor, which as an undersized nose tackle, would fit SMU's scheme very well as Tom Mason's defense like to utilizes nose tackles that can move well and are high-energy. Thompson needs to put on some good weight and has a thick build so he should be able to do it, but overall his technique shows how well-coached he is at Guyer. Thompson stays low and has been taught multiple moves to use on linemen.

Side Note: Thompson helped Denton (Texas) Guyer win its second consecutive state title this past fall, recording 87 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and 27 quarterback hurries.

Offers: Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, UCF and Wake Forest.

HT: 6-3
WT: 255

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Isaiah Langley- 2015 DB, Foothill Pleasanton HS (Calif.)

Ball Skills: Langley is tremendous with the ball in his hands, easily picking it out of the air even in a crowd of players going up for it. Langley has great focus and ball recognition and that allows him to make plays on balls anywhere in his vicinity. Whether at receiver or defensive back, Langley is clearly comfortable being a playmaker especially with the ball in his hands. Langley could even be used as a threat in the return game as well.

Technique: Langley is extremely skinny for 6-feet, but still plays a hardnosed style of football. Sometimes he has tightness in his hips when trying to turn and run and isn't explosive out of those cuts. Langley relies on his instincts to make plays and has good top end speed so he may be put on the offensive side of the ball at the next level.

Coverage: Langley is a threat to go all the way when he gets interceptions and that makes him valuable to any team. With his ball skills, he can go up for any ball in the air with most receivers, but will have to improve his strength and gain some weight to play more bump and run at the next level if he stays at corner.

Side Note:Langley has attended camps at Oregon and Cal so far, but has visited USC and UCLA recently plus said USC, UCLA, Cal and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest, but there are still a ton of schools in the mix to land his services before he graduates early.

Offers:Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Duke, FSU, Georgia, Houston, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, NC State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, SMU, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.

HT: 6-0
WT: 165
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.3
Vertical Jump: 33"


Ced Ware- 2015 RB, Cedar Hill HS (TX)

Power: Ware is a compact runner that runs bigger than his 5-10, 175-pound frame. Ware breaks tackles consistently and is a solid downhill runner, which would fit well in SMU's running scheme. Ware can't push the pile, but arm tackles will not get it done against him. Ware needs to run a little lower at times, which would help him at the next level against stronger defenders.

Vision: Ware knows where his holes are and how to hit them well, following his blocks and getting the most out of every run. Ware isn't afraid to bounce it outside either so he can get to the sideline to get down the field for extra yards even though he doesn't have the breakaway speed to go the distance.

Agility/Acceleration: Ware is quick to hit the holes and get momentum going and can put one foot in the ground and get up the field. Ware is at his best when he gets going downhill quickly. His lateral quickness is his best attribute, which allows him to get the extra yards. Although he's not a homerun threat, Ware makes the most out of every run.

Side Note:In the UIL State Championship, Ware sealed Cedar Hill's win over Katy and rushed for 125 yards in the game.

Offers:Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Houston, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Northwestern, Ohio State, SMU and Texas Tech.

HT: 5-10
WT: 175


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