Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down three SMU prospects in his latest scouting report including WRs Isaiah Graham and Kendrick Rogers and ATH Kellen Diesch!

Isaiah Graham

2016 WR, Bastrop HS (Bastrop, La.)

ATHLETICISM AND AGILITY: Isaiah Graham’s Hudl page says he ran an unofficial 4.5-second 40-yard dash, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he were actually faster than that. Once the quarterback gets Graham the ball, he immediately becomes a touchdown threat. He has quick feet, which allows him to maneuver around defenders when he’s caught in traffic, and once he’s in the open field, you’re going to have a hard time catching him. Graham also has great vision and does a great job of picking up yards after the catch. The 6-foot-1 wideout has great awareness of where he is on the field and does a nice job of adjusting to his quarterback’s throws and making defenders miss.

ROUTE RUNNING: Because of his speed, Graham often finds himself with a 10-yard cushion from the cornerbacks, so the junior has to be able to sell his routes, and there’s no question he does. Graham has a solid get off from the line of scrimmage, and when he faces press coverage, he does a nice job of making a quick move and out-maneuvering his defender. Graham could do a better job of coming back to the ball when he’s thrown a bubble screen, but his quickness more than makes up for it.

HANDS: Graham has the ability to catch lasers or lobs thrown by his quarterback, and he never gives up on a ball even if it seems out of reach. Graham constantly uses his hands when catching the ball and doesn’t let the ball get to his chest, which will help prevent drops.

OFFERS: SMU, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, TCU, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
HT: 6-1
WT: 180 pounds
2014 STATS: 48 receptions, 1,138 yards, and 20 touchdowns.
40-YARD DASH: 4.5 seconds (unofficial)

Isaiah Graham Highlights

Kendrick Rogers

2016 WR, Frankston HS (Frankston, Texas)

ATHLETICISM AND AGILITY: The first thing that stands out to me about Kendrick Rogers is obviously his height, but he isn’t a one-dimensional receiver who just uses his height to his advantage. Don’t get me wrong, Rogers absolutely uses his height to his advantage, and does a hell of a job adjusting to his quarterback’s inaccurate throws, but he has got solid speed and quickness as well. Rogers might not make you miss every time, but he has got a very good chance of coming down with just about any jump ball you throw his way.

ROUTE RUNNING: It’s hard to really judge Rogers on his route-running ability, considering he had to adjust his routes almost every time he was thrown the ball. Rogers is by no means the fastest, but his physical play allows him to break any press coverage he faces. Rogers’ fade route is also a beauty, and he positions himself well to make a play on the ball.

HANDS: Rogers uses his strong hands to win the battle against his defender for the ball, and does a nice job of catching the ball with his soft hands and not his body. Whether he’s in traffic or wide open, Rogers has the ability to catch the tough throws, with one or two hands, because he has had to learn to expect poor throws from his inaccurate quarterback.

OFFERS: SMU, North Texas
HT: 6-5
WT: 178 pounds

Kendrick Rogers Highlights

Kellen Diesch

2016 ATH, Byron Nelson HS (Trophy Club, Texas)

RUN BLOCKING: Last summer, Diesch told that he would likely stay at tight end, but considering how much defense he played this year, and the fact he’s 275 pounds, don’t be surprised to see the junior as a defensive end or offensive lineman. Diesch’s size and strength give him a nice advantage when blocking, and but he needs to learn to keep a wider base. There was no tape of Diesch being thrown a pass, so don’t expect him to do anything but block if he plays offense.

VERSUS THE PASS: On the defensive side of the ball, Diesch’s size gives him an immediate advantage. Technique wise, Diesch seems like a raw player when it comes to pass rushing. He isn’t fast enough to be an edge rusher, but when he gets put out there he tends to run himself out of the play. Adding a move or two to his repertoire that he can perfect over the next year before college is important.

VERSUS THE RUN: Diesch does a very solid job of stopping the run. He’s able to clog up his gap, and doesn’t usually get pushed around because of his size. The one glaring flaw in Diesch’s game that stood out to me was his slow feet. He gets little push once the ball is snapped, and constantly gets caught in a stalemate with his opponent. If Diesch can learn to stay low and keep his feet moving, he could easily become a formidable defensive end.

OFFERS: SMU, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, among others.
HT: 6-7
WT: 275 pounds

Kellen Diesch Highlights

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