Sanford Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down three SMU prospects in his latest Sanford Scouting Reports!

Mykul Mitchell

2016 DB, Dawson HS (Pearland, Tex.)

ATHLETICISM: The 6-foot-1 defensive back runs well in the secondary. Mitchell shows good speed and agility in coverage, and also shows the ability to jump and make a play on the ball once it’s in the air. Even through contact, Mitchell stays with his receiver and plays the deep ball well.

AGAINST THE PASS: Mitchell is a physical corner, and his speed and agility allow him to stay with his receiver on deeper passes and make a play on the ball. Mitchell has decent hands, but there were a few instances where he could’ve had an interception but dropped it. The defensive back also has fluid hips. Mitchell might not always come away with the big play, but he also won’t give up many big plays, which is important.

AGAINST THE RUN/SHORT PASS: Mitchell plays the run and short passes aggressively. The rising senior does a nice job of coming up quickly and putting on a hard hit or tackle. On the short pass, Mitchell can be overly aggressive sometimes, allowing his receiver to create some separation and make the catch. Still, Mitchell pursues well and doesn’t miss very many tackles, even if he has given up some yards. Against the run, Mitchell does a nice job of recognizing it’s a run and getting off his block to make the tackle or force the runner back inside for his teammates to finish the play.

OFFERS: SMU and South Dakota
HT: 6-1
WT: 184 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Mykul Mitchell Highlights

Joshua Croslen

2017 DL, Steele HS (Cibolo, Tex.)

ATHLETICISM: Even with a 5.16 40-yard dash time, Croslen is deceptively quick off the line of scrimmage. The rising junior isn’t the most athletic lineman, but he isn’t going to get pushed around. He keeps a wide base, and does an excellent job of quickly reacting once he has located the ball on a run or finds the quarterback on a pass.

AGAINST THE RUN: Croslen could do a better job of staying low, but either way, even a double team is going to have trouble moving him off the line of scrimmage. Even if he does get stood up, Croslen does a nice job of shedding his block and grabbing the runner when he passes him. Croslen is so quick off the line, a lot of the times he completely beats the offensive linemen across their faces and finds himself in the backfield with little trouble. The 6-foot, 263-pound defensive lineman does however need to work on locating the ball quicker so that once he is in the backfield, and he make the tackle.

AGAINST THE PASS: Croslen doesn’t have an arsenal of pass rush moves to choose from, but his bull rush and “push-push-pull” moves get the job done. Croslen rushed from the outside and inside last season, but he is undoubtedly more effective from the inside because of the quicker route to the quarterback. Against the pass, the rising junior’s speed off the line of scrimmage comes in handy, which allows him to, once again, get into the backfield with ease.

HT: 6-0
WT: 263 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Joshua Croslen Highlights

Saiid Adebo

2017 WR/DB, Mansfield HS (Mansfield, Tex.)

ATHLETICISM: This rising junior has the athletic ability to play on both sides of the ball, and once you watch his tape, you’ll see why. Adebo might’ve ran a 4.71 40-yard dash, but he seems faster than that. The two-way player has quick feet and the ability to shake defenders on the offensive side, and he also has the ability to pack a hard hit on the defensive side of the ball.

AGAINST THE PASS: Adebo doesn’t have much tape on the defensive side of the ball, but he did show the ability to stay with his receiver and make plays on the ball. As a receiver, he has good hands, and his quick feet and fluid hips make him a quality defensive back as well.

PASS-CATCHING ABILITY: Again, Adebo’s 4.71 40-yard dash time surprised me after watching his film. The wideout has a good get off from scrimmage, runs solid routes, and does a great job of creating separation so that his quarterback can find him. Once Adebo catches the ball, he does a nice job of finding the openings in the defense, and running hard even after contact. Whether it’s in the flat or down field, Adebo does a fantastic job of getting open and finishing the play with a catch, even on tough throws.

OFFERS: SMU, Arkansas and Kansas.
HT: 6-1
WT: 167 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.71 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Saiid Adebo Highlights

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