Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Braxton Webb

2016 OL, Central HS (San Angelo, Texas)

The Good: Compared to Barton, Webb is a little less athletic, but a little more fine-tuned with his mechanics. Webb shows that he knows what he has to do to get the job done; whether that means cut blocking the lineman in front of him or getting his opponent to play into his hands. Some are against the technique, but when you have someone with Webb’s speed (or lack there of), it helps when the lineman has the ability to “dive” the their opponent’s knees. Some view it as dirty, or a last resort move, but it gets the job done most of the time.

The Bad: There’s no hiding Webb’s lack of speed. When facing speed rushers, Webb will have trouble keeping them in front of him. And on outside runs, Webb has trouble getting to the outside holding that edge. Webb’s signature “dive-at-the-knees” block will also likely become a problem. Players will learn to side-step that move.

X-Factor: Webb has the frame to build into a strong collegiate offensive tackle, but he’ll have to hit the weight room hard. There are also a few bad habits Webb needs to get rid of, but overall, the right coaching can help Webb improve his skills for the college game.

Offers: SMU, Nevada and Syracuse.
HT: 6-5
WT: 275 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.67 seconds (Nike SPARQ Verified)

Braxton Webb Highlights

Harrison Barton

2016 OL, Houston Christian HS (Houston, Texas)

The Good: The rising senior has a quick first step and he does a nice job of engaging with his opponent and keeping his feet moving. When run blocking, Barton shows solid footwork and a quick get-off. Barton also uses his hands well and places them well to help give him the best leverage he can get. Something that is both a positive and negative is Barton’s ability to pick up a stunting defensive lineman. While he does get beat across the face, he still has a quick enough reaction to keep his opponent away from the ball carrier.

The Bad: There are times when Barton rises up too high and brings his feet together, but with repetition, that can be fixed. The Houston native also needs to work on maintaining his balance once he’s engaged in a block. Barton does a nice job of positioning himself, but he has the tendency to fall over on a lot of his blocks. When pass protecting, Barton needs to work on his kick step. He also needs to do a better job of keeping his shoulders square and not over-committing when facing the outside rush.

X-Factor: Barton isn’t overpowering or unbelievably athletic, but he does a great job of putting himself in position to make the correct block. When the ball is snapped, there is no hesitation and Barton goes about his block with confidence. Knowing the angle you need to take to reach the linebacker, and finishing blocks with force are two important parts of being an offensive lineman. Barton has those.

Offers: SMU, Air Force, Army, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Navy and Texas State
HT: 6-3
WT: 295 pounds

Harrison Barton Highlights

Josh Shelmire

2016 WR, Lutheran HS-South (Houston, Texas)

The Good: Shelmire is very light on his feet and runs well in the open field. The rising senior has a great first step off the line of scrimmage, and is quick/elusive enough to get right past his opponent. Shelmire has good size, which helps him maintain balance even after contact. The wideout also has good hands and great hand-eye coordination, which helps him haul in the good and the bad passes. He also has shown that he can bring in the tough passes, whether they’re in the middle of the field or on the sideline. Shelmire’s combination of speed and good hands reminds me some of freshman receiver Kevin Thomas.

The Bad: I’m not saying he doesn’t run good routes, but not many receivers run “perfect” routes, so I do think Shelmire could improve on his route-running some.

X-Factor: After watching Shelmire’s tape, I’m surprised The wideout holds offers from just three schools. Yes, Shelmire has completely shutdown his recruitment, but it’s still surprising others haven’t pulled the trigger. Like I said above, Shelmire’s overall game reminds me of current SMU receiver Kevin Thomas. Thomas runs sharper routes and seems a little quicker, but their overall athleticism, speed and pass-catching ability are very similar. This Houston native should surprise many once he gets onto the Hilltop.

Offers: SMU, Memphis and Northwestern
HT: 6-2
WT: 180 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds (unofficial)

Joshua Shelmire Highlights

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