Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down a trio of SMU football prospects in his scouting reports: Levi Onwuzurike, Chris Daniels and Parrish Cobb.

Levi Onwuzurike

2016 DE, Allen HS (Allen, Texas)

Technique: As an edge rusher, it’s all about speed for Onwuzurike. The defensive end consistently watches the ball and fires into the backfield as soon as the ball is snapped. He also does a nice job of keeping his feet moving even after he makes contact with his opponent. One thing Onwuzurike needs to work on, overall, is widening his stance. When rushing off of the edge, it doesn’t matter as much, but in most other circumstances a wider base will be more beneficial.

Versus the pass: The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Onwuzurike uses his motor very well when in pass-rush mode. Onwuzurike fires off the line of scrimmage with a low center of gravity and does a good job of shedding his blocks with his pass rush moves. He doesn’t just use the swim move or spin move, but mixes up his moves well enough that he keeps the offensive linemen guessing. Onwuzurike’s strength also allows him to use an effective bull rush move, while his speed allows him to shoot the gap and beat his opponent on the inside.

Versus the run: Against the run, Onwuzurike does have the tendency to engage his opponent too high, which allows him to get pushed back some. He also does a nice job recovering, however, ultimately shedding his block and making the tackle a lot of the time. Onwuzurike’s size and strength allow him to take on pulling offensive linemen and stand his ground while keeping his eyes on the ball carrier, and his ability to shed blockers gives him a nice advantage.

Offers: SMU, Duke, Baylor, Boston College, Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, TCU and Texas Tech.
HT: 6-3
WT: 243 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.89 (unofficial)
2014 stats: 67 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 7 tfls and 2 forced fumbles

Levi Onwuzurike Highlights

Chris Daniels

2016 DT, Trinity HS (Euless, Texas)

Technique: At 6-foot-4, it’s not really a surprise that a young guy like Daniels would have trouble staying low. He has got a wide base in his stance, but stands up and loses his leverage right away. Daniels makes up for his bad positioning with his constantly running motor, out-working his opponents.

Versus the run: Right away it’s clear that Daniels needs to learn to keep his feet moving. He does a nice job of initially creating a stalemate with the offensive linemen, but you see that he starts looking for the ball too early instead of simply running into it. Daniels uses his strength to his advantage, constantly making one-armed tackles while an offensive lineman is still engaged with him. One or two technique adjustments could make him even more dominating, but overall, he does what he’s supposed to do as an interior defensive lineman.

Versus the pass: Daniels does a nice job of adjusting to the movement of the quarterback, shedding blocks well to make tackles for loss. As an interior lineman, Daniels’ job is to collapse the pocket, which he does a very solid job of. He wont blow you away with any spin moves or swim moves, but his ability to hold his ground and locate the football make him a dangerous threat in the backfield. His long arms also make it easier for him to disrupt the quarterback’s passing lanes.

Offers: SMU, Baylor, Colorado State, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, USC, Western Michigan and Utah State.
HT: 6-4 (Nike SPARQ Verified)
WT: 269 pounds (Nike SPARQ Verified)
40-yard dash: 5.08 (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Chris Daniels Highlights

Parrish Cobb

2016 DB/WR/KR, La Vega HS (Waco, Texas)

Athleticism: Cobb’s main position is defensive back, but his athleticism allows him to contribute in more than just one way. He showed on his tape that he has the ability to catch passes (short and deep) and return kicks, while using his quickness to make defenders miss.

Tackling: Cobb doesn’t shy away from contact, even if he has already given up the catch. He does a nice job of putting in a good, clean hit, and staying low while not allowing the ball carrier to escape from his grip. One thing Cobb could learn to do, as he becomes more experience, is to keep one hand free so that he’s able to try and strip the ball. Wrapping up is his first priority, but if his team needs a turnover, stripping the ball will come in handy.

Versus the pass: Cobb’s speed, on the defensive side of the ball, allows him to catch up to receivers if he does initially get beat, and he showed that he’s capable of fighting his way back into the play allowing him to make an attempt at the ball. When the ball is in the air he has good instincts and doesn’t jump the route early, but gets his hand in at the right moment to make a play.

Offers: SMU, Baylor and Tulsa.
HT: 6-0
WT: 178 pounds

Parrish Cobb Highlights

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