Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down a trio of SMU football prospects in his scouting reports including Riley and Austin Anderson and WR Marquez Stevenson!

Austin Anderson

2016 OG, Mineola HS (Mineola, Tex.)

TECHNIQUE AND ATHLETICISM: Austin Anderson (pictured above) does a great job of staying low and winning the leverage battle against his opponent. As any good offensive lineman does, Anderson uses his hands very well when engaging his opponent and creates nice separation. Whether it’s defensive lineman, linebacker or defensive back, Anderson always finds a way to throw his opponent on his back; hence the 131 pancakes. He could, however, use a little work on is keeping his head up so that he can find that moving linebacker faster. Surprisingly, I didn’t find any highlights of him in pass protection, but with his athleticism and strength, I think it’s fair to say he would have no problem protecting his quarterback in the passing game.

RUN BLOCKING: Anderson’s ability to drive the defender off the ball and create running lanes for his quarterback and running back are what make him such an accomplished run blocker. The junior does a great job of keeping his feet moving while keeping a wide base, but like I said above, he could be that much better if he kept his head up to find the shooting linebacker a split-second earlier.

OFFERS: SMU, Houston, Missouri, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Northwestern, among others.

HT: 6-4
WT: 280 pounds

Austin Anderson Highlights

Riley Anderson

2016 OT, Mineola HS (Mineola, Tex.)

TECHNIQUE AND ATHLETICISM: Just like his brother, Riley Anderson does a great job staying true to his fundamentals while letting his athleticism and strength do the talking. This Anderson may be a tad slimmer thanks to being an inch taller, but he is almost a spitting image of Austin. At tackle, Anderson does a nice job of getting off the ball quickly, whether he’s pulling or just blocking down on the defensive tackle near him. Anderson’s athleticism allows him to get to the second level quite easily, but he needs some work on taking a better angle to the linebacker so he doesn’t miss him and get called for holding.

RUN BLOCKING: Anderson uses his hands well to create separation and drive his opponent back, resulting in those 120 pancakes. Even when going up against the smaller guys, Anderson makes a point of staying low, allowing him to win 95 percent of his battles. The junior’s strength is his biggest advantage, but he does a nice job of not just solely relying on his power.

OFFERS: SMU, Houston, Missouri, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Northwestern, among others.

HT: 6-5
WT: 285 pounds

Riley Anderson Highlights

Marquez Stevenson

WR, Northwood HS (Shreveport, LA)

ATHLETICISM AND AGILITY: Don’t judge Stevenson for his height, or lack thereof, because he is still a big-time playmaker. Once the speedster gets into the open field, he’ll make his defenders miss and take it to the house with ease. Stevenson’s quick feet also make it harder for defenses to keep up with him, and his cat-like quickness make him dangerous whether he’s catching the ball against the boundary, across the middle, or in the backfield.

ROUTE-RUNNING: Stevenson does a nice job of running crisp routes, and makes up for his small build with his ability to put himself in a good position to make a play on the ball. The junior comes off of the ball quickly. At the collegiate level, I don’t really see Stevenson being that down field threat, but on bubble screens or fly sweeps, Stevenson can get going in a hurry and does a nice job of maneuvering his way through traffic (also seen in his ability to return punts and kicks).


OFFERS: SMU, Baylor, Tulsa, TCU, Nebraska, Memphis, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech.

HT: 5-9
WT: 160 pounds

Marquez Stevenson Highlights

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