Sanford Scouting Reports

The most complete SMU prospect evaluations return this week with Scott evaluating Hunter Thedford, Auston Banks and Bryce English!

Hunter Thedford

2015 DE, Comanche HS (Comanche, Texas)

Technique: At 6-foot-7, Thedford’s long strides give him an advantage off of the edge, but at only 230-pounds (if that), the senior needs to add more weight before he can truly be an effective end at the collegiate level. Thedford does a nice job of engaging with his opponent and creating separation with his long arms. Thedford won’t play on the offensive side of the ball at SMU, but after watching both is offensive and defensive tape, it’s obvious that he needs to learn to stay low consistently.

Versus the pass: Thedford is a big fan of the swim move and he uses it effectively, but the defensive end will have to add a few more moves to his arsenal. With some added strength, the bull rush could become a very effective move with Thedford’s long arms. He also has a good motor coming off of the edge, but on a few occasions he was caught dancing on the edge with his opponent instead of trying to penetrate into the backfield. On quick throws Thedford’s long arms will come in hand to deflect passes, but that doesn’t mean he can get complacent and make that a habit of his.

Versus the run: Against the run, Thedford gets up field but has the tendency to run himself out of the play sometimes. Thedford needs to learn to squeeze the edge instead of coming straight up field and creating lanes for the runner. As long as he stays low, Thedford can hold his ground at the line of scrimmage. On outside runs, Thedford does a nice job of keeping outside containment, but on inside runs Thedford’s added weight and strength will help him plug up the middle more effectively.

Offers: Committed to SMU over UTEP and Miami of Ohio.
HT: 6-7
WT: 230 pounds

Hunter Thedford Highlights

Auston Banks

2015 RB, Notre Dame HS (Chattanooga, TN)

Speed and Agility: Banks was laser timed at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, so there’s no question he’s a speedy back. Banks is one of the faster high school athletes I’ve seen on tape before, so once Banks gets into the open field there’s no catching up to him. Banks hits the gaps hard and does a nice job of maneuvering through traffic. To go along with his speed, Banks is very shifty and regularly makes his opponents miss in the open field.

Athleticism: Just by looking at his vertical, you can tell Banks is a freak athlete. The running back does a great job of running between the tackles, while also having the athleticism to bounce it outside for large gains. He also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which is an added plus. Banks is also a big contributor on special teams, returning punts and kickoffs. Banks’ speed and vision help him make defenses miss.

Tenacity: When running through traffic, Banks does a nice job of keeping his feet moving, allowing him to bounce off tacklers and gain those extra yards. Banks has an eye for the end zone and will do whatever it takes to get in there, even if that means reversing across the field.

Offers: SMU and Wofford
HT: 5-9
WT: 180 pounds
40-yard Dash: 4.48 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)
Vertical: 36.2 inches (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Auston Banks Highlights

Bryce English

2015 DT, DeSoto HS (Desoto, Texas)

Technique: English played both on the edge and in the middle in high school, but the senior projects as a nose tackle at the next level. Coming off of the line of scrimmage, English does a nice job of keeping a wide base and engaging with his opponent. At just 5-foot-11, it’s easy for English to keep a low center of gravity and blow his opponent back whether it’s a run or pass.

Versus the pass: At his size, English doesn’t have much of an arsenal when it comes to pass rush moves, but up to this point he hasn’t needed much besides his bull rush. English fires off the ball quickly, engages with his opponent and uses his upper body strength to bully his way into the backfield. English is also quick for his size, which allows him to redirect and find a scrambling quarterback.

Versus the run: English’s strong suit is stopping the run. At 315-pounds, English is already hard to move. His quick first step allows him to beat his opponent, and his strength makes it that much easier for him to penetrate the backfield with ease. On outside runs, English is quick enough to beat his opponent across his face and track down the back. On inside runs, English does a nice job of squeezing the gaps, leaving the back with few options. English’s one area of weakness is when he faces an offensive lineman with longer arms who can match his strength, which makes him lose his lower center of gravity and leaves him in a stalemate at the line of scrimmage.

Offers: SMU, UCLA, Arizona State, Arkansas, TCU, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas, Wisconsin, San Diego State and Louisiana Tech.
HT: 5-11
WT: 315 pounds
Scout Position Rank: 39
Midland DT Rank: 8
Texas DT Rank: 7

Bryce English Highlights

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