Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Mikial Onu - SMU Commit

2016 DB, George Ranch HS (Richmond, Tex.)

The Good: Onu is a competitor. He’s physical with receivers off of the line of scrimmage, and if a ball is thrown in his direction, he going to make a play on it. Thanks to his athleticism and speed, he can adjust his path once the ball is in the air to give himself the best shot possible for the interception. He also has good hand-eye coordination and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to disrupt the quarterback’s pass. On short passes and runs, Onu has good closing speed, and he tackles with proper form.

Needs Improvement: The only thing that stood out to me on Onu’s film is his back peddle. The rising senior has a good reaction time, but he looks uncomfortable at times, and sometimes he completely skips his back peddle. Obviously not something major, but something that will make Onu an even more complete player.

X-Factor: Onu is a straight-up athlete and competitor. The corner plays aggressively, confidently, and smart. Onu is athletic, and at 6-foot, has good size to compete with even the bigger receivers. What really stands out to me about the George Ranch product is his ability to tackle in the open field. Tackling has been a weakness for the Mustangs in the past, so Onu would immediately improve that. His ability to close with quickness and tackle with beautiful form is impressive. It surprises me this kid doesn’t have more P-5 offers.

Offers: SMU, Air Force, Army, Fresno State, Navy, New Mexico, Rice and Texas State.
HT: 6-0
WT: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds (unofficial)

Mikial Onu Highlights

Michael Badejo - SMU Commit

2016 OLB/DE, Mansfield Timberview HS (Arlington, Tex.)

The Good: The rising senior has a good motor coming off the edge. With his solid speed and athleticism, he has the ability to chase down a scrambling quarterback or adjust to a cutting running back. He is also patient though, so you won’t see him run himself out of plays. Against the outside run, he does a nice job of maintaining outside leverage while forcing the ball carrier back inside. You won’t see Badejo every quit on a play, which always puts him in a good position to make plays all over the field. Badejo also does a nice job of taking on pulling offensive linemen. He wins the leverage battle and stops them in their tracks.

Needs Improvement: I’d like to see Badejo develop his pass rush skills some more. Nailing down a move or two will help keep bigger and stronger offensive linemen guessing when going up against them. Badejo also needs to work on shedding blockers faster. Once he is engaged with an opponent, there are times where

X-Factor: The overall athleticism and speed is there for Badejo to become a force off the edge for the Mustangs. If he is able to fill out his frame and get stronger, while also developing a pass rush move or two, the Mansfield Timberview product will have all the pieces to become a star for SMU’s defense. What makes Badejo a complete player is his ability to understand his role in the defense. Whether it’s maintaining outside leverage, or pinching the edge, or stuffing a pulling offensive lineman, he does his job.

Offers: SMU, Air Force, Angelo State, Army, Boise State, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Washington, Texas State, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Utah State.
HT: 6-3
WT: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Michael Badejo Highlights

Jordon Robertson

2016 DL, Bishop Dunne HS (Dallas, Tex.)

The Good: Robertson is a force in the trenches. Even at 6-4, 254 pounds, the rising senior is quick on his feet and has the ability to disrupt any backfield. Robertson’s combination of strength and get-off speed make him tough for any lineman to handle. He keeps his feet churning, and is even light enough on his feet to spin out of double teams when needed. Robertson’s long arms allow him to create separation, and he even has the athleticism to be effective with a swim move.

Needs Improvement: There are times, although it doesn’t happen often, when Robertson is caught standing to tall and can be moved. I’d also like to see Robertson work on his balance some. There are times where shorter steps and a wide base could’ve kept the run-stuffer from falling over or missing the tackle. p>

X-Factor: Robertson’s ability to rush from the inside and the outside will make him a highly sought-after recruit. He has the quickness and pass rush skills to beat tackles, and he also has the strength and size to plug up the middle. My guess is Robertson plays defensive tackle at the next level, so with his frame, putting on 15-20 pounds will make him that much stronger and tougher to stop in the middle.

Offers: SMU, Iowa, Kansas State, Massachusetts and Nevada.
HT: 6-4
WT: 254 pounds

Jordon Robertson Highlights

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