Sanford SMU Recruits Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down three 2017 SMU offers in his latest Sanford Scouting Reports.

2017 ATH Kamren Curl

Muskogee HS (Muskogee, TX)

The Good: He holds two power-5 offers, but Kamren Curl can expect many more to come.  The two-way athlete has athleticism that you can easily spot on both sides of the ball.  Whether he’s running a crisp route or out-jumping an opponent for the ball, he shows the instincts and aggression to make plays on the ball on both sides of the ball.  On defense, he shows good tackling form and an incredible eye for the ball when it comes to forcing a turnover.  Offensively, Curl has breakaway speed to go along with impressive hand-eye coordination when he’s asked to make a play on the ball.

Needs Work: One a few plays, Curl was caught either out of position or over-pursuing on defense, but in the end, he made up for that with his ability to make shoe-string tackles.  He turned a negative into a positive, but it would still benefit him to be more patient and before overcommitting on certain plays.  Whichever side of the ball he plays at the next level, Curl could stand to add a little more weight, but that should come naturally as he gets older.

The X-Factor: Curl has impressive speed and athleticism, but when watching him on film, you can tell he’s just a great all-around football player—no matter which side of the ball he’s on.  His overall instincts show that he has great vision all over the field and his coaches can count on his production from either side of the ball.  

Offers: SMU, Cincinnati, North Texas, Kansas, San Diego State, Toledo, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, Tulsa, Wyoming, New Mexico, Illinois 

HT: 6-2
WT: 176 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.56 second (Scout Verified)
Kamren Curl Highlights

2017 LB Kyrei Fisher

Union HS (Tulsa, Okla.)
Twitter/@King_Fisher30

The Good: Fisher may not have prototypical size for an outside linebacker, but he has the quickness, toughness and tackling ability to make up for it.  The linebacker does a nice job of keeping his head on a swivel and reacting.  Coming off of the edge, Fisher has good closing speed and does a nice job of wrapping up.  In pass protection, Fisher is athletic enough to stay with most pass catchers that run his way.  And when playing the run, Fisher also does a nice job of shutting down the edge and waiting to see if the runner bounces the ball out his way.

Needs Work: Tackling in the open field is tough regardless of what position you play, but especially for an outside linebacker who consistently has to play in open space with pass catchers, it’s something that Fisher needs to fine-tune.  And while he does a decent job of shedding blocks on the edge, developing an array of pass-rush moves would help.

The X-Factor: As a linebacker, it’s crucial to play downhill and physical all of the time, which are two things Fisher does very well.  Even if he does end up going against someone bigger than he is, he doesn’t shy away from the challenge.  Linebackers need to be fearless and trust their instincts when it comes to reading plays, and Fisher does both with confidence.

Offers: SMU, Kansas, Navy, UTSA, Northwestern State, Ohio, Sam Houston State 

HT: 6-2
WT: 224 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 (Unofficial)
Kyrei Fisher Highlights

2017 CB Josh Thompson

Nacogdoches HS (Nacogdoches, TX)
© Greg Powers

The Good: Thompson is on the smaller side, but his overall speed keeps him in almost every play.  He closes well if the ball is thrown into the flat, and his speed even allows him to get into the backfield quickly on runs.  He shows good form when tackling, and he also is relentless when going after the ball.  You won’t see Thompson taking a play off or hesitating on a hit.  

Needs Work: Thompson does get caught out of place sometimes, which leads to big gains for opponents, but his speed allows him to chase down offensive players even after a big play.  And while he does the best to not let his smaller stature hurt him, it’s hard to avoid when going against the bigger receivers at times.

The X-Factor: The cornerback’s speed is undoubtedly what makes him a dangerous defensive player.   If Thompson truly has the 4.45 speed, that’s hard to come by no matter what position or sport you play.  

Offers: SMU, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech, UTSA, Tulane 

HT: 6-0
WT: 175 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.45 (Unofficial)
Josh Thompson Highlights


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