Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott's Sanford Scouting Report returns as he takes a look at three SMU prospects in his scouting reports including SMU commit Hunter Herndon!

Hunter Herndon

2015 ATH, North Forney HS (Forney, Texas)

Athleticism/Running Ability: Herndon will undoubtedly play H-back for the Mustangs once he gets to campus, and it shouldn’t be a hard transition for him. While the senior was clocked at 4.9 seconds in his 40-yard dash, Herndon is deceptively quick and has good vision when running in the open field. At his size, Herndon does a good job of eluding tacklers and extending runs with his feet. The quarterback hits the hole hard and isn’t afraid to take a hit, or even lower his shoulder to provide a hit of his own.

H-back Potential: Herndon’s combination of speed, size and physicality will translate well for him when he makes the switch to H-back in college. The hardest part for H-backs in college usually ends up being blocking, but with Herndon’s physical style of play, it’ll be all about learning the technique for him. Herndon is a competitor, so expect him to be one of those pass catchers that isn’t afraid to get banged up a little bit when going up for a pass.

Offers: SMU, Oklahoma, UNT, Rice and New Mexico

Where he plays: QB
Where he will play: Tight End
HT: 6-4
WT: 235 lbs
40-time: 4.9 seconds

Hunter Herndon Highlights

J.J. Nwigwe

2015 OL, Rockwall-Heath HS (Rockwall, Texas)

Athleticism/Run Blocking: Nwigwe will obviously have to put some weight on at the next level, but the senior lineman makes up for his lack of weight with his athleticism. The offensive lineman has a quick first step and keeps his feet moving throughout his entire block, usually resulting in a pancake block. Along with his quick feet, Nwigwe keeps a wide base, but his hands can find themselves on the outside of his defender. At the next level, Nwigwe could be susceptible to holding calls if he keeps his hands on the outside of his opponent’s shoulder pads. Nwigwe does a good job of staying low with his wide base on his initial blocks, but he also has the tendency to stand up too high once he moves onto blocking linebackers down field.

Pass Protection: Nwigwe gets away with very poor technique on his pass protection because of his strength and long arms, but at the next level he’ll need to work on a few things. For one, his technique out of his stance is very poor, and he’ll have to learn how to properly take his first few steps out of his stance. Nwigwe also keeps his hands on the outside of his opponent, leaving him once again susceptible to holding calls. Nwigwe has the potential based on his long arms and athletic ability, but he needs to be taught proper technique.

Offers: SMU, BYU, Nevada, Northwestern State, Navy, Stephen F. Austin and New Mexico State.

Where he plays: Tackle and Guard
Where he will play: Guard
HT: 6-4
WT: 250 lbs
40-time: 5.23 seconds
J.J. Nwigwe Highlights

Charles West

2015 RB, Coppell HS (Coppell, Texas)

Athleticism/Play-making: West has great speed and quickness, and is going to be an elusive back at the next level. West uses his excellent vision to find the right hole, then hitting the hole hard and using his quickness to adjust his running route, avoiding defenders. The senior running back can break big runs in between the tackles or on the outside because of his speed. Even when West is hit by a defender, he’s hard to bring down because of his low center of gravity. West does a good job of using his hands to stiff-arm and avoid defenders as well. One thing West does need to work on is switching which arm carries the ball depending on where he is on the field. He has a tendency to get a little lazy with that, which could obviously result in turnovers at some point. Overall, however, it’s West’s speed that is going to make his dangerous at the next level.

Offers: SMU, Arkansas, Arkansas State, BYU, Colorado State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada, Texas Tech, UTSA, Texas State, UTSA, Toledo and Tulsa.

Where he plays: RB, KR
Where he will play: RB
HT: 5-10
WT: 190 lbs
40-time: 4.49 seconds

Charles West Highlights

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