Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Christian Davis- Committed to SMU

2016 DB, Midway HS (Waco, Tex.)

Athleticism: From Davis’ first play on his tape, you can see what type of athlete the Mustangs are getting. The rising senior has great leaping ability and body control, which allows him to make a ton of plays on the ball. His solid footwork also allows him to quickly redirect in the open field, or fly up quickly to make a tackle near the line of scrimmage.

Against the pass: Against the short pass, I love Davis’ overall aggression when flying up to the ball. He reacts quickly and he does a nice job of wrapping up. On passes down field, Davis’ overall quickness and athleticism help him out tremendously when trying to keep up with his opponent, but there are times when Davis gets caught looking in the backfield, which slows him down. Learning to transition his eyes from the backfield to his opponent will help him stick with the receiver better. Davis also does a nice job of transitioning from back pedal to full-out running in the open field, and I like how physical he is with his coverage.

Against the run: Davis, considering how good he is against the short pass, also does a nice job when playing the run. The corner plays physically and isn’t afraid to take on blockers. If I’m being meticulous, he could work on shedding his block faster.

Offers: SMU, Northwestern, Rice, Tulsa, Navy and North Texas.
HT: 5-11
WT: 170 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds (unofficial)

Christian Davis Highlights

Eric Sutton- Committed to SMU

2016 DB, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, Tex.)

Athleticism: Overall, Sutton has good athleticism, which he displays through his ability to react quickly with his quick feet, and his ability to make a play on the ball once it is in the air. With his combination of physical play and nice feet, Sutton keeps up with most of his opponents. Sutton runs well and shows solid agility, and I think he would have no problem carrying a little more weight on his frame, which is something that will be critical for him when it’s time to play at the next level.

Against the pass: On short passes in the flat, Sutton does a nice job of staying aggressive, maneuvering past his blocker and finding the ball. There are times, however, on longer passes, or passes across the middle, where Sutton allows his opponent to beat him inside. Now most of the time he either recovered to break up the pass or the ball was uncatchable, but collegiate quarterbacks with be more accurate and will make Sutton pay for not being disciplined. I like Sutton’s quick feet, which make his back pedal and reaction time even better. Although, I’d like to see the rising senior turn his head and locate the ball faster when facing the pass.

Against the run: I like Sutton’s overall aggression and physicality when playing against the run. There are times when he hesitates coming up to make the tackle, but it’s nothing too noticeable. Even at his size, Sutton isn’t afraid to take on blockers, and he does a nice job of locating the ball carrier. Most of the time Sutton remembers to wrap up his opponent, but he needs to make sure he does that all the time instead of simply going for the big hit on occasions.

Offers: SMU, Air Force, Army, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State.
HT: 5-11
WT: 160 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds (unofficial)

Eric Sutton Highlights

R.J. Sneed

2017 WR, Cypress Ranch HS (Cypress, Tex.)

Athleticism: Sneed, like any good wideout, is very athletic. He has a quick get off, runs well, and has the ability to adjust to poor throws. A number of times you can also see Sneed leaping and catching passes over his defenders. The rising junior does a great job of using his athleticism to his advantage, whether it's creating separation from his defender or even just running in the open field.

Route-running: Overall, Sneed runs sharp routes. His quick feet help his change of direction once he's into his route, and he does a good job of selling his defender on fakes with his feet. Sneed doesn't have blazing speed, but he has the ability to recognize how and where he needs to run his route to give his quarterback the best chance of finding him open.

Pass-catching ability Obviously no highlight tape is going to show a wideout's dropped pass, but you can tell Sneed is an exceptional pass-catcher by the way he is able to adjust to throws and still make the catches look easy. Sneed shows soft hands and also good coordination when going against his opponent for a jump ball. He also does a great job of locating the ball over his shoulder, especially in the end zone, and making the finger-tip catch.

Offers: SMU, Houston and UTSA
HT: 6-1
WT: 175 pounds

RJ Sneed Highlights

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