2017 OL Brenden Jaimes
Lake Travis HS (Austin, TX)
The Good: Contrary to Printz, Jaimes is very technically sound. In fact, he might have the best technique I’ve seen from a SMU prospect. He already shows polished footwork, maintains a wide base, and simply looks like a college tackle in the making. Footwork is one of the most important attributes of an offensive lineman, and the Austin native showed throughout his junior season that, whether it’s a pass or a run, he knows what he’s doing. Jaimes also has shown good overall quickness, and he does a nice job of getting to the second level on blocks. Tackles don’t need to blow their defender off the ball every play, and whether it’s on a kick step or a chop block, the junior shows he knows exactly where he needs to get his man for the play to be successful. Jaimes also shows good aggression on his blocks and can get his feet moving from the start.
Needs Work: While Jaimes already has the frame to be a tackle at the next level, he isn’t quite yet at a desirable weight. With two more off-seasons of weight training before he starts college ball, he should have no problem bringing up his playing weight.
X-Factor: For younger players, it can be hard to perfect their technique because they’re still far from being a finished product in terms of strength and knowledge of the game. But Jaimes plays like a seasoned veteran when it comes to technique, aggressiveness and overall production. He even has the frame to put they 30 or 40 pounds that he’ll need at the next level. It’s mind-boggling to me that SMU is still Jaimes’ only offer, but my guess is that will change very soon because of the potential he has.
WT: 250 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.27 seconds (unofficial)
2017 WR Judah Bell
Bishop Gorman HS (Tyler, TX)
The Good: Bell is yet another quality receiver SMU has extended an offer to. The junior shows good overall speed and quickness, and has the ability to create nice separation from his defender. The Tyler native also does a nice job of catching passes in stride and making the grabs with his hands and not his body. On jump balls, he has the leaping ability and concentration to make grabs over defenders as well. Bell's overall quickness, athleticism and ability to sell his routes makes him a threat all over the field.
Needs Work: Bell does have good overall speed like I mentioned above, but an almost 4.6 second 40-yard-dash isn’t stellar for a wideout. It isn’t something that’s really hurting his game, but it’s something that could be improved upon.
X-Factor: At Bell’s size, his ability to go up and get the ball, and make the tough catches look easy makes him a great end zone target. Bringing down those end zone jump balls is all about out jumping your opponent—something Bell has no problem with considering his height and 33-inch vertical.
Offers: SMU and Houston
40-yard dash: 4.58 second (unofficial)
SMU Walk-On OL Rex Printz
Trinity Valley CC (Athens, TX)
The Good: The junior college transfer has good size for an interior lineman and could realistically play either guard spot or center. Because he’s a little on the slower side, I think he projects more as a guard, but that could change once he gets into a collegiate weight room. Printz does a good job of getting his feet moving once he’s locked onto a defender. He also has shown that he won’t shy away from contact—whether he’s going up against a defensive lineman or moving to the second level to get a linebacker.
Needs Work: Printz is a very raw lineman, in my opinion. Technique wise, the offensive lineman needs to work on keeping his head up on blocks so that he can do a better job of getting to linebackers. He also needs to work on maintaining a lower center of gravity so that he isn’t attacking the defenders too high. A quick first step is also key for offensive linemen, and that’s something that Printz will have to improve on with the help of SMU’s strength staff.
X-Factor: You can’t teach size, and Printz has plenty of it. The fact that Printz is at 305 pounds puts him at a good weight for college football, and as long as he can work on his technique, he could end up being a solid player for the Mustangs.