Player Profile: William Jeanlys

Hatts profiles SMU defensive back William Jeanlys in the latest 2015 Pony Stampede player profile.

Position: Defensive Back
Size: 6-2, 184
Year: Redshirt Freshman
High School: Pope John Paul II HS
Hometown: Boynton Beach, Fla.

Recruitment

It was a slow recruitment for William Jeanlys after he missed his entire senior season because of a torn ACL. Jeanlys was a two-star Scout.com recruit who chose SMU over his only other offer from Tulane. Jeanlys came to SMU as an athlete after a big junior season in which he had 24 catches for 668 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Florida prospect was also an all-county selection and selected as one of the top 14 juniors to watch in Palm Beach County.

2014 recap/Spring

Jeanlys redshirted last season but showed during practice as well as during the spring he was an aggressive player that wasn’t going to back down from a lot of players. He struggled against the run during the spring especially sealing the edge. Despite struggling at times giving up some big plays, he also showed an he could really force turnovers and also showed good instincts during practice and when he was on the field during the spring. The biggest thing we learned about Jeanlys last year was that he is a fiery competitor that should be a great fit personality wise under the new staff.
Grade: N/A

2015 Outlook

SMU lost a couple of players in the secondary last season and only brought in Rodney Clemons for the 2015 class. That means SMU will be depending on guys like Williams Jeanlys to step on the field early and contribute. With guys like Shakiel Randolph, Ajee Montes, Darrion Richardson and Horace Richardson returning, SMU will not be looking for Jeanlys to lead this defense but he should see plenty of playing time as the season progresses. The biggest key for the 6-2, 184-pound defensive back will be to limit the big plays he tended to give up during the spring. This defense cannot afford to give up as many big plays as last season and will work hard with Jeanlys to find a good balance between making the big plays he’s made in practice and limiting some of the big plays he gave up in the spring especially the spring game. Right from the start however, this defense will benefit from the aggressive mentality that Jeanlys will bring to the table for a defense that didn’t pack a punch at all last year.


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