Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down three SMU prospects in his latest scouting reports. Get his thoughts on QB commit Ben Hicks, WR Camron Williams and RB Xavier Jones.

Ben Hicks (Pictured above)

2015 QB, Waco Midway HS (Waco, Texas)

Mobility: Hicks isn’t the fastest quarterback, and you can’t consider him a dual-threat passer, but the Waco native has good enough speed to be effective running the option. Hicks picks opportune times to keep the ball and is usually able to pick up a good chunk of yardage. When forced out of the pocket, Hicks can extend the play with his feet but also does a nice job of keeping his eyes down field trying to find an open target.

Pocket Presence: In the pocket, Hicks does a good job of keeping his feet moving, avoiding pressure and stepping up into the pocket to make an accurate throw. One thing Hicks could work on is his habit of throwing off his back foot when facing pressure. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but the more he does it the more susceptible he’ll be to interceptions. Overall, Hicks does a good job of keeping his cool when facing pressure and is a natural when it comes to moving around the pocket.

Accuracy/Arm Strength: Hicks has an extremely strong arm and, for the most part, is very accurate with his throws. The early enrollee has a quick release, hits his receivers in stride, and keeps a tight spiral while placing the ball where only his receiver can get it. Hicks has great touch on his passes as well.

Offers: Committed to SMU. Other offers from Houston, Texas Tech and Southern Mississippi.
Where he will play: QB
HT: 6-1
WT: 194 lbs
Scout Position Rank: 34
Texas QB Rank: 5

Ben Hicks Highlights

Xavier Jones

2015 RB, Spring HS (Spring, Texas)

Speed and Agility: Jones reported a 4.46 second 40-time, and while that may not be official, you can tell from his tape that he does have some speed. It isn’t breakaway speed, but Jones has a good combination of speed and quickness, allowing him to cut and through his blockers and find the open holes. Jones also has good vision, which allows him to make defenders miss and him to extend his runs.

Balance/Athleticism: Jones keeps balanced when attacking the line of scrimmage, which also helps him shed defenders who try and tackle him. Jones’ overall athleticism is what makes him such a dangerous runner because the senior isn’t afraid to try and make plays on his own. Consistently you will see Jones start running one way, then reverse direction and pick up a big gain. At the next level that’s a dangerous habit, but his ability to redirect so fast is impressive.

Tenacity: Jones isn’t the biggest running back, but he certainly does not shy away from contact. The running back is willing to put his head down to gain that extra two or three yards and keeps his feet moving even after contact, helping him break some tackles. Jones also does a nice job of covering the ball while running through traffic, but the senior can get a little careless when it comes to carrying the ball in the right depending on where he is running.

Offers: SMU, UNLV and New Mexico.
Where he will play: RB
HT: 5-11
WT: 180 lbs
40-yard Dash: 4.46 (self-reported)

Xavier Jones Highlights

Camron Williams

2016 WR, First Baptist Academy (Dallas, Texas)

Athleticism: Williams constantly had to adjust to his quarterback’s throws, but the junior made the necessary adjustments and seemed to make hard catches look easy. The 3-star wideout has good overall speed and can get going quickly with his long strides. Williams is also 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, which makes him an attractive target for any quarterback, plus his 33-inch vertical allows him to go up and grab almost any pass in the end zone.

Route Running: Williams has a good first step off of the line of scrimmage and doesn’t slow down at any point (unless he’s forced to by a bad throw). The junior’s long legs make it easy for him to run right past the defender while also running a crisp route.

Breaking the Press Coverage/Blocking: Williams already has a big advantage with his size, but the fact he can bench press over 300-pounds allows him to break his press coverage with ease. Most defenses decided not to press him because he was able to get around the corner easily. On the smaller corners, Williams can de-cleat them because of his size and strength, but on the bigger corners, the Dallas native needs to work on sustaining his block.

Offers: SMU, Oklahoma, Rutgers, TCU and Texas Tech.
Where he will play: WR
HT: 6-3 (Nike SPARQ Verified)
WT: 200 lbs (Nike SPARQ Verified)
40-time: 4.53 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)
Vertical: 33.2 inches (Nike SPARQ Verified)
Scout Position Rank: 57
Texas WR Rank: 10

Camron Williams Highlights

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