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Sanford SMU Football Scouting Reports

Scott breaks down SMU commits Noah Jones, Elijah McQueen and Jordan Gipson in his latest Sanford Scouting Reports.

2017 DE Noah Jones


The Good: Immediately, Jones’ size makes him tough for any offensive lineman to handle.  He uses his long arms well to separate himself from opponents, and his quick get off makes it hard for slow tackles to keep up with him.  The rising senior also has a good motor, but at the same time, does a nice job of staying true to his assignment and letting the play develop before running himself out of plays.

Needs Work: Every now and then, like most taller players, Jones does have the tendency to rise up a little too high, but he hides it well because his motor keeps him in almost every play.

The X-Factor: Outside of 2016 signee Ken McLaurin, Jones might be the most important commit on either side of the ball in the Chad Morris era.  Although the team has some impressive, yet young pass rushers, Jones’ frame and overall ceiling make him an immediate candidate for early playing time. At almost 6-foot-4, and 260-pounds, Jones will only get bigger and stronger in the next 15 months before he plays a snap for the Mustangs.  

Offers: SMU, Illinois, Colorado State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, new Mexico, Nevada, Purdue, Texas State, UTSA, Tulane, UNT and others.

HT: 6-3.5
WT: 260 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.21 (Scout Verified)
Noah Jones Highlights

2017 S/LB Elijah McQueen


The Good: McQueen may be on the smaller side, but that does not take anything away from his ability to pack an impressive hit.  The hybrid player does not let his smaller stature deter him from making plays all over the field.  The Terrell, Texas product has great closing speed, and consistently shuts down plays before they develop.  McQueen also excels at something you cannot teach: instincts.  The linebacker does a great job of anticipating opponents’ next moves and quickly making a play. 

Needs Work: McQueen’s biggest knock for a linebacker is his size.  But with the star position and safety both options, the rising senior should have no problem finding a place on the Mustangs’ defense. As he continues to lift, he will begin to fill out his 5-foot-11 frame.

The X-Factor: McQueen’s combination of quickness and good instincts make him a player that a lot of offenses will dread.  Whether he is playing safety or linebacker, McQueen can make plays from the line of scrimmage or in the secondary.  

Offers: SMU, Nevada, UTSA and Tulane

HT: 5-11
WT: 180 pounds
40-yard-dash: 4.89 (Nike Verified)
Elijah McQueen Highlights

2017 CB Justin Guy-Robinson


The Good: Guy-Robinson is an impressive playmaker thanks to his elite speed.  His speed, athleticism and fluid hips allow him to stay with most receivers with ease.  His long arms also allow the rising senior to stay in good position when it comes to making a play on the ball, and can force quarterbacks into poor passes.  His good feet also keep him in a good position when it comes to defending his opponent in man-on-man coverage.

Needs Work: While the cornerback has a good frame to work with, his lack of size is something he needs to work on before getting to campus.  That, and maintaining his aggression when it comes to going after ball carriers in the open field are two important things that could make him a shutdown defensive back.

The X-Factor: It’s something that is said often, but you cannot teach speed, and that is something Guy-Robinson has plenty of.  With some fine-tuned technique in the open field, Guy-Robinson could turn into an even more all-around prospect.  He has NFL-like speed, and that is something the Mustangs have desperately been in need of.

Offers: SMU, Army and ECU

HT: 5-11
WT: 159 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.45 (Scout, Nike Verified)
Justin Guy-Robinson Highlights

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