Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down SMU prospects Blake Carlisle, Jordan Carmouche and Donte Coleman in his latest scouting reports.

Blake Carlisle

2016 OLB, Dickinson HS (Dickinson, Tex.)

TECHNIQUE: Carlisle (pictured above) undoubtedly has to put on weight, but the outside linebacker still does a nice job of staying technically sound. He’s patient when reading out the play, and despite being 6-foot-4, he keeps low against the run. He fires off the line of scrimmage against the run and shows off his quick feet when peddling back into coverage. When tackling, he isn’t afraid to put his shoulder into his opponent

VERSUS THE PASS: Against the pass, Carlisle has a quick reaction, which helps him make tackles in the open field. The linebacker also has good footwork when dropping back into coverage and has good range. His long arms give him a nice advantage when trying to breakup passes, and he isn’t afraid to put his body on the line by making big-hit plays.

VERSUS THE RUN: Against the run, Carlisle’s size right now doesn’t hurt him, but would obviously be a problem if he were playing against collegiate offensive linemen. The junior’s overall speed and quickness help him out a ton, however. He’s able to get himself into position to make the tackle and holds on tight once he’s got a grip on his opponent. On runs away from him he stays home, and on runs towards him he does a nice job of shedding his block and making a play on the ball carrier.

OFFERS: SMU and Louisiana Tech.
HT: 6-3
WT: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds (unofficial)

Blake Carlisle Highlights


Jordan Carmouche

2016 OLB, Manvel HS (Manvel, Tex.)

TECHNIQUE: Overall, Carmouche shows solid technique as a defender. He stays low and keeps a wide base. Carmouche’s best attribute is his ability to wait for a play to develop before committing to a move or a pursuit route of his opponent. On pass plays, he does a solid job of locating the receiver or running back he’s defending and sticking with him. On run plays, inside or outside, Carmouche’s quick pursuit is his biggest asset. He gets into the backfield quickly, stays low, and doesn’t give up much ground taking on a blocker.

VERSUS THE PASS: Against the pass, Carmouche uses his athleticism to drop back into the passing lanes and make plays on the ball. He closes in quickly on his opponents and does a nice job of wrapping up when tackling. Carmouche has a tenacity in his pursuit that allows him beat his blockers and make plays. Carmouche’s solid speed allows him to keep up with opponents out of the backfield, and he does a nice job of pursuing guys in the flat.

VERSUS THE RUN: Against the run, Carmouche does a nice job of maintaining outside containment. He also has the strength and speed to close down the edge quickly, pursue the runner, and chase down the runners from behind. When the ball is run at Carmouche, he does a nice job of engaging with his opponent, but still keeping his eye on the ball carrier. On outside runs, he also does a nice job of avoiding blockers running at him and using his hands to make tackles. The junior linebacker’s patience is another attribute that stands out to me. He waits just the right amount of time for the play to develop before making his quick move.

OFFERS: SMU, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Rice, Houston and Northwestern.
HT: 6-1
WT: 219 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds (unofficial)

Jordan Carmouche Highlights


Donte Coleman

2016 TE/WR, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Tex.)

ATHLETICISM: At Coleman’s height and weight, it’s no surprise his athleticism is a huge plus for him. Obviously if he plays tight end at the next level, he’ll have to add some more weight, but right now, his athleticism makes him a matchup nightmare. The junior pass-catcher has the speed and agility of a receiver but the upper body size of a legitimate tight end. Coleman’s athleticism resembles that of a wide receiver, so on multiple occasions you can see him make leaping catches in the end zone and beating his defender with his speed. Coleman has also shown he can run vertical routes or horizontal routes and be a threat wherever he is on the field.

ROUTE RUNNING: Coleman has a quick get-off from the line of scrimmage and uses his quick feet to make moves in the open field when avoiding linebackers and defensive backs. The West Mesquite product does a nice job of selling his routes and not giving away where he’s going from the get-go.

BLOCKING: Despite being a little on the smaller side for a tight end, Coleman does a nice job of engaging the defender in front of him and getting a good initial push. Coleman has the strength to really make linebackers and defensive backs wish they weren’t in his way. There are, however, a couple of small elements Coleman needs to improve on. The junior’s hand placement needs to move a few inches inside; otherwise he will get called for holding on the next level when facing bigger and faster defenses. Coleman does a nice job of keeping his feet moving once engaged, but he also has the tendency to go for the knockout hit fairly often, which is a habit he’ll have to get rid of if he wants to block collegiate linebackers.

OFFERS: SMU, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Washington, Nevada and Rice.
HT: 6-3 ½
WT: 215 pounds

Donte Coleman Highlights


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