Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Kishawn Kelley

2017 QB/S, Corsicana HS (Corsicana, Texas)

The Good: The rising junior has nice touch on his passes, and does a good job of standing in the pocket, even when there’s pressure breathing down his neck. Kelley brings a nice mixture of mobility and pocket presence, and he doesn’t seem to favor one or the other in crunch time. He has a strong arm and delivers pretty accurate passes. Kelley can also run. He does a nice job of keeping a defense guessing by not running too often.

The Bad: Kelley’s overall arm motion and strength are good, but he could work on his touch and his accuracy some. Being able to place a ball on the outside shoulder of a wide receiver makes a quarterback so much more dangerous, but some of Kelley’s throws were underthrown (Even if they were caught). I’d also like to see Kelley take some shots down field more often. He does a nice job of finding his teammates in the flats or on 10-12 yard outs, but the deeper throws are where the touchdowns are at.

The X-Factor: While Kelley has the speed to be a dangerous runner, his X-factor is the fact he can also throw well with confidence, in or out of the pocket. Offers: SMU
HT: 6-2
WT: 202 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds (unofficial)

Kishawn Kelley Highlights

KD Nixon

2017 Athlete, Desoto HS (Desoto, Texas)

The Good: Immediately, Nixon’s speed stands out. Whether it’s off the line of scrimmage or carrying the ball as a runner, Nixon has the speed, quickness and agility to find the endzone on most plays. As a runner, Nixon does a good job of cutting to find the openings and timing his cuts well. If he’s able to find that opening, he’s gone. As a pass catcher, Nixon shows that he has impressive hand-eye coordination. Despite his lack of height, he still can haul in most passes thrown his way. Even against bigger corners, he has no trouble rising up and competing for the ball.

The Bad: Nixon’s only knock is his size. At 5-foot-8, 175-pounds, it’s no wonder Nixon can turn on the jets and run past almost any defense in Texas. But Nixon’s size, or lack there of, is one of the reasons he is so explosive lined up wide or out of the backfield. And without taking away from his speed, I’d like to see Nixon keep the ball closer to his chest when running. At times he will get a little careless once he has tucked the ball away, but it’s nothing that cant be fixed.

The X-Factor: Nixon is easily one of the fastest players in Texas’ 2017 class. While the rising junior is on the smaller size, he has the pure speed, explosiveness and agility of Darren Sproles. Not only can Nixon beat a defense by running the ball, but he also has the ability to lineup as a wide receiver. Nixon has good hands, and he does let his lack of size stop him from being a productive football player. Nixon should ultimately end up as a running back, where he can run the ball and catch passes out of the backfield, but the combination of his speed, athleticism, hands, and quick feet make him an impressive threat.

Offers: SMU, Oklahoma State, Duke, Houston, Texas Tech, Kansas, Louisville and Tulsa.
HT: 5-8
WT: 175 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds (unofficial)

KD Nixon Highlights

Ken McLaurin

2016 DT, Ryan HS (Denton, Texas)

The Good: McLaurin has a nice get off from the line of scrimmages, and I like the way he attacks double teams. His size gives him a nice advantage, and he almost always commands a double team. He is also quick, which allows him to get into the backfield, if there’s only one guy blocking him, with an easy swim move.

The Bad: I’d like to see McLaurin play with a lower center of gravity. If he plays high at the next level, his pure size won’t be able to stop his opponents from blowing him back. A faster reaction time will also help with his redirection, and ultimately help him find the ball carrier faster.

The X-Factor: McLaurin’s size is his biggest advantage. At 6-2, 285-pounds, he is a whole lot of man to block. He has the quickness and strength, but he could really take his game to the next level if he learns to keep a lower center of gravity once engaged, and if he learns to keep his feet moving. A lower center of gravity will help once he faces offensive lineman with his same size and strength.

Offers: SMU, Boise State, Illinois, Colorado State, Iowa State, Texas State, Nevada, Massachusetts, Toledo and Central Arkansas.
HT: 6-2.5
WT: 285 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.10 seconds (estimated)

Ken McLaurin Highlights

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