Sanford Scouting Reports

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

Rajan Cunningham

2017 RB, Bishop Dunne HS (Dallas, Texas)

The Good: Cunningham’s speed makes him a dangerous runner up the middle and out of the backfield. He shows good patience, and his blazing speed makes it easy for him to blow past defenders, whether he beats them around the edge or flies past them in the box. The rising junior also has good balance, and has shown the ability to shake off a defender’s first hit and gain a few extra yards. To go along with his good balance, Cunningham’s quick and agile feet help him redirect and maneuver through any traffic with ease. His balanced base and quick feet also help Cunningham when it comes to using his spin move, which is quite effective actually.

The Bad: While Cunningham’s speed and agility are two important weapons, there are times when the running back gets too confident and too fancy with him moves and cut backs. Not to say that Cunningham doesn’t have the ability to completely reverse field, because he does, but it’s a habit that coaches don’t usually approve of. And before Cunningham reaches the next level, he’ll have to pack on a few more pounds. You don’t see many effective running backs at 175 pounds.

The X-Factor: Cunningham’s X-factor is undoubtedly his speed. The Dallas native isn’t someone who will put his shoulder down to pummel through defenders, but he has the ability to maneuver his way through defenses. The back’s speed makes him a threat to find the endzone on most plays, and as long as he continues to put on weight/strength while maintaining speed, Cunningham should continue to impress this upcoming season.

Offers: SMU and Oregon State
HT: 5-10
WT: 175 pounds

Rajan Cunningham Highlights

Jaylon Jackson

2017 WR, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, Texas)

The Good: Jackson brings some nice versatility when he steps on the field. While he projects as a wide receiver, he has shown he can not only catch passes, but also run the ball effectively. Jackson has good speed, good hands, and nice feet that make him extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. The rising junior is extremely dangerous out of the backfield and in the flat thanks to his speed.

The Bad: Jackson is another 2017 guy that needs to add some weight before he gets to the next level. Whether Jackson plays receiver or running back, he’ll need to add weight so that he doesn’t get thrown around.

The X-Factor: The Cedar Hill product is another player who thrives off of his speed. Jackson has a nice mixture of speed, physicality and athleticism that make him a dangerous offensive threat. But Jackson isn’t just an offensive threat. He also has the skills to be a dangerous part of special teams in the return game. Jackson did tear his ACL so recovery from that will be key to his future.

Offers: SMU, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Texas Tech
HT: 5-10
WT: 160 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds (Scout Verified)

Jaylon Jackson Highlights

Sam Miller

2017 DL, Stratford HS (Houston, Texas)

The Good: Even at his size, Miller moves well once the ball is snapped. The rising junior does a nice job of maintaining his leverage once he’s engaged with his opponent, and he keeps his feet churning. Miller has good hands, and uses a nice combination of footwork and technique to shed blocks and get after the quarterback or running back. Once in the backfield, Miller also does a nice job of redirecting and locating the ball, which can be tough for some linemen. The Houston native also does a nice job of shedding blocks, which is not an easy task for linemen once they’re engaged.

The Bad: There are times when Miller rises a little too high and doesn’t get the same push off the line of scrimmage that he usually does. Miller also has the tendency to over pursue some plays, which puts him out of position. I’d also like to see him keep his eyes on the ball instead of just in the backfield, which will help him react faster.

The X-Factor: There aren’t many juniors you will see with the size and athleticism that Miller has. At 6-foot-3, Miller carries 260 pounds very well, and you’d have to think he’ll only get stronger and heavier with time. Miller isn’t just a big body though. He brings solid athleticism as an edge rusher, and is going to bring you his best effort every time.

Offers: SMU, North Texas and Texas Tech
HT: 6-3
WT: 260 pounds

Sam Miller Highlights

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