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Mitchell Kaufman- 2015 OLB, Highland Park HS (TX) Versus the Pass: Kaufman does a great job of doing his zone drops in the Scott's 3-4 scheme. Kaufman has great instincts and football IQ in the passing game, reading the quarterback's eyes and making plays on the ball. His quickness in coverage could be improved, but he's generally in the right area so it doesn't affect his game that much. Kaufman has a good understanding for how plays develop and when to leave his zone and go get a scrambling quarterback as well. Versus the Run: Against the run, Kaufman is physical, but smart as well, disrupting opposing teams' plays by forcing the play back inside or blowing up a blocker. Kaufman takes the outside angle against run blockers, which helps the team's defense overall. Kaufman blitzes well, knowing how to hit the gaps and make the most out of his opportunities. Technique: Kaufman is well-coached, but still plays a little high. If there's a plus to that, Kaufman looks through the opposing team's blockers well and can bat down passes. On the other side, Kaufman uses his strength to make the tackle rather than squaring up as well as a player with more experience would. Overall though, solid film from a developing prospect, who is super productive. He'll fit well in Tom Mason's 3-4 defense. Side Note:Mitchell is going into his second year of football, but was named First-Team District 10-4A, Honorable Mention All-State (AP and Texas Sportswriters) and First-Team All-State Underclassmen by Texas HS Football.com. Offers:Colgate and SMU. Measurables: HT: 6-3 WT: 217 Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2234983/mitchell-kaufman Cristian Williams- 2015 DB, Dallas Lincoln HS (TX) Ball Skills: Plays both ways for Dallas Lincoln and at wide receiver he shows the ability to go up and get the ball. Williams shows above-average elusiveness and could be a threat in the return game. It's unknown whether SMU will use him on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but if Williams can bulk up, he'll be solid at safety. Technique: Loves to play physical than his size would suggest, using his hands well to get off blocks and get through linemen. Williams has to use his quickness to get down low and make a tackle, which is mainly done to take ball carriers down. When he gets a clear shot, Williams will take it on a ball carrier, getting a solid shot on a quarterback to force an interception. Coverage: There aren't many clips of Williams playing in coverage, but when he is, he is quick to take a quick step towards the receiver and is a sure tackler. Williams is usually used at the line of scrimmage as a monster linebacker that can move out to cover slots, allowing him to make plays at the line of scrimmage, something he's very comfortable doing. Side Note: Williams comes from a single-parent home and wanted to stay as close as possible to home, letting Baylor and Houston Baptist know right away that he would be committing to SMU. Offers: Committing to SMU on Saturday Measurables: HT: 6-0 WT: 165 40-Yard Dash: 4.4 (self-reported) Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2089073/highlights/96322375 Matt Davis- QB, Tyler JUCO (TX) Accuracy: Davis does a good job placing the ball where it needs to be so that only his guys can get it. Davis does force some balls over the middle, but overall he throws a nice, catchable ball. On the deep ball, he's extremely confident on throws outside the numbers and will drop a ball in right over coverage. Release/Arm Strength: Has a deliberate over-the-top delivery like a MLB pitcher firing fastballs. The ball jumps off his arm once his motion is complete. On shorter throws he does shorten his motion to get the ball back quicker, but on can be a little slower on deep balls getting it out. I don't think his release will be an issue considering how good his accuracy is, but he may have to be smarter throwing over the middle because his arm is not elite. Footwork/Technique: Definitely a shotgun style quarterback as he sets up quick on quick routes. One thing I found was that in longer progressions, he overstrides on his drop a little, which could cause him trouble if he needs to get away from pressure. That being said, he is light on his feet and can buy extra time whether it's stepping up in the pocket or getting outside to make a play. He's not a physical runner, but will burn you with little moves to make a big play. Side Note: Davis was a ranked as a four-star prospect by all major recruiting services. A dual-threat quarterback, Davis passed 1,393 yards, rushed for 1,427 yards and scored 36 total touchdowns as a high school senior. Offers: Held offers from just about everywhere: Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, etc. before deciding on Texas A&M out of high school. Measurables: HT: 6-1 WT: 210 Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2999826/highlights/143752375
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