Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down a trio of SMU football prospects in this week's scouting reports including SMU commit D'erren Wilson, OT Jordan Murray and OLB Malik Jemmison.

D’erren Wilson

2015 WR, Greenville HS (Greenville, Texas)

Athleticism: Wilson’s laser 40-time may have been on the slower side (4.71 seconds), but the lengthy wideout gets going in the open field. The 3-star wide receiver has good quickness and consistently breaks away from defenders after he brings in the catch. At almost 6-foot-3, Wilson is already big to begin with and his 33.5-inch vertical makes him even more of a matchup problem. He also has very good body control when he does have to leap to make a catch.

Route Running: Overall, Wilson runs crisp routes, but he needs to work on his first step off of the line of scrimmage. The SMU commit runs hard, and sells his fakes well. Wilson also does a nice job of making sure he is in front of his defender so that he has the inside position to make a play on the ball.

Breaking the Press Coverage/Blocking: Because of his size, Wilson has no problem shedding the defensive back and getting past him into the next level. He doesn’t get pushed around, and in fact, he does most of the pushing. Wilson does a good job of using his hands to shed the defenders hands while straying minimally from his original route. When it comes to blocking, Wilson’s long arms allow him to get into his defender and open up holes for his teammates. The senior also has a nasty streak in him and doesn’t shy away from contact, always putting his shoulder into his hits and blocks.

Offers: Committed to SMU. Other offers from BYU, Indiana, Toledo UCF and UNT, among others.

HT: 6-2.5
WT: 173
40-yard Dash: 4.71
Texas WR Rank: 25
D'erren Wilson Highlights

Malik Jemmison

2015 OLB, Skyline HS (Dallas, Texas)

Technique: Jemmison has a quick first step and packs a big hit every time he closes in on his target. Jemmison’s high motor allows him to make a ton of hustle plays, but one area the senior needs to improve on is his reads. The linebacker can be slow to react sometimes, occasionally hesitating and leaving him out of position. Something else Jemmison needs to work on is finishing his hits. Jemmison will get to the ball, but then slows up and doesn’t make a powerful tackle, which is also a result of a narrow base at instances.

Versus the Pass: Against screen and bubble passes, Jemmison does a nice job of closing on the target to make the quick tackle, but one part of his pass defense he needs to work on is his drop. Too many times you can see the linebacker’s stance narrowing and putting his feet in awkward positions.

Versus the Run: Jemmison is a stop-the-run-first linebacker and will make just about any tackle if he can get his hands on the ball carrier. The linebacker plays downhill and aggressively finds the ball, dropping his shoulder making for a powerful hit. Jemmison does hesitate on his reads sometimes, but he still does a good job of shedding blocks and finding the ball.

Offers: SMU, Louisville, New Mexico State and Tulsa.

HT: 6-2
WT: 235
Malik Jemmison Highlights

Jordan Murray

2015 OL, Coppell HS (Coppell, Texas)

Run Blocking: Overall, Murray is a very raw player. His size makes him an interesting prospect with upside, but this mammoth of a man has a lot to learn technique-wise. Murray needs to work on staying low when he first comes out of his stance and keeping better leverage against the man he’s blocking. He also must keep a wider base, because at the next level he won’t be able to move defensive players as easily as he can now and defenders will get around him. The offensive tackle also needs to use his hands more to create separation from the defender. Using his shoulder won’t work on bigger, more athletic defensive linemen and linebackers. Murray has the size and strength to be a successful run blocker; he just needs to fine-tune his technique.

Pass Protection: Murray is also very raw when it comes to his pass protection. With his size, it’s understandable that the 6-foot-9 senior has trouble keeping his feet moving, but that needs to change before he can be successful at the next level. Murray’s long arms help him separate himself from his defender, but he gets caught leaning instead of moving his feet sometimes. He also needs to improve his lateral movement, but because Murray is so big, he won’t easily get pushed around.

Offers: SMU, UNT and UTEP. Formerly committed to UNT.

HT: 6-9
WT: 345

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