Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Kadarius Smith- SMU Commit

2016 OL, Plano Sr. HS (Plano, Tex.)

Athleticism: If Smith can work on his quickness some, it would really complete the offensive lineman’s game. Smith does a nice job of keeping a wide base, but the next step for him is to improve the quickness of his feet so that, at the next level, he doesn’t get beat by linemen shooting the gaps in pass protection, and he can adjust to linebackers in the run game.

Pass Protection: Smith’s overall strength is a huge plus for him. Even on a few quick passes you can see Smith throwing his opponent to the side. Smith also does a nice job of replacing his hands and keeping nice separation when engaged. Now if Smith were projected to play on the outside at SMU, his lack of quickness would worry me when he’s asked to face speed rushers off the edge, but luckily he won’t have to deal with that. As long as Smith continues to work on his footwork and speed, he’ll be just fine when he gets to SMU.

Run Blocking: Smith’s strength gives the rising senior a nice advantage in the run-blocking game. He does a good job of getting his hands underneath the pads of his opponent and driving the defensive player back once he’s engaged. Working on a quicker first step would help with Smith’s explosion off of the line of scrimmage, but because of the big man’s strength and size, once he gets going he puts his defender on roller skates. I love Smith’s ability to finish blocks, but the SMU commit needs to do a better job of keeping his hands inside when blocking as to avoid holding calls in the future. Overall, with some fine-tuning, Smith will provide a nice boost in play for the middle of SMU’s offensive line in the future.

Offers: SMU, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, San Diego State, Air Force, Texas Tech and Texas State.
HT: 6-2
WT: 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.27 seconds (Scout Verified)

Kadarius Smith Highlights

Demerick Gary- SMU Commit

2016 DE, Kimball HS (Dallas, Tex.)

Athleticism: Coming off of the edge, Gary is in prime position to put his athleticism on display. His quick feet and agility help him getting after the quarterback, and I love that he’s able to maintain a wide base when playing against the run, which helps him shed his block and get after the ball carrier.

Against the run: Gary’s combination of quickness and strength give him a nice advantage when taking on the run. On the edge, Gary shows the ability to take on pulling offensive linemen while standing his ground and locating the ball carrier. The rising senior’s quickness allows him to split double teams and create disruption in the backfield. Gary’s patience also stands out to me. The SMU commit doesn’t over pursue to early, and does a nice job of waiting until the right moment to attack. Gary is also fast enough to track down runners from behind when he plays on the weak side.

Against the pass: I like Gary’s overall pass-rush ability, but fine-tuning a few pass rush moves would really benefit him. Again, Gary’s speed and burst off the line of scrimmage make him a dangerous rusher, but speed alone won’t make him a dangerous rusher at the next level. Once in the backfield, Gary does a nice job of locating the quarterback, taking a direct route to him, and wrapping up on the tackle. Overall, Gary is a solid pass rusher at the moment, but learning a few more moves could make him that much more dangerous.

Offers: SMU, Virginia, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, Navy, Army, Air Force, Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State.
HT: 6-2
WT: 240 pounds

Demerick Gary Highlights

Joe Wallace

2016 DT, Skyline HS (Dallas, Tex.)

Athleticism: The first thing that stands out to me on Wallace’s tape is his overall quickness. His ability to shoot the gap, remain under control, and locate the ball makes him a dangerous threat in both the run and passing game. I love Wallace’s low center of gravity, and the fact that he maintains a wide base helps him keep his balance once engaged with an opponent.

Against the run: The rising senior does a great job of shooting the gaps and disrupting the backfield when playing against the run. Wallace’s size gives him a distinct advantage because once he’s in the backfield there’s no stopping him. When he does face bigger offensive linemen, Wallace stays low, gets decent push, and does a nice job of shedding his block and finding the ball. This is the type of athlete SMU needs in the trenches of their defense. His size alone calls for an immediate double team, and his quickness even makes it hard for two guys to block him.

Against the pass: You obviously aren’t going to see a plethora of pass rush moves from Wallace given his size, but the big guy in the trenches is good at what he does. Wallace is a guy that keeps his feet moving even after engaging with his opponent, and because he is deceptively fast, he’s often able to get into the backfield relatively quickly.

Offers: SMU, Washington, Iowa State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech, UTSA, Air Force, Army and UMass.
HT: 5-11.5
WT: 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.38 seconds (Scout Verified)

Joe Wallace Highlights

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