Midlands 2014: Scout 300 Safety
Steven Parker
Steven Parker
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Taking a closer look at the seven Midlands safeties who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 8 Jamal Adams - S - Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
A ball-hawking type of defender. He has great feet and can change direction quickly. He is a fast-twitch kid. He has the look of definite potential college star. A solid, well developed upper body combined with an athletic looking lower body. Looks like a basketball star meshed with a middle backer. His ability to hit and his aggressive downhill play gives him the skills to man the safety spot in college, but he can also play corner as well.

No. 59 Nick Harvey - S - Sugar Land (Texas) Travis - Texas A&M
Tremendous talent who plays all over the field and makes plays no matter where you line him up. On offense, he is explosive, makes quick cuts and has the speed to take it to the house. He has playmaking skills on the offensive side of the ball, but is being recruited to play defensive back. He has the skills to play corner or safety. He is a fearless hitter and flies to the ball carriers. Cat-like acceleration, allowing him to close quickly.

No. 87 Dylan Sumner-Gardner - S - Mesquite (Texas) West - Texas A&M
Sumner-Gardner is a tremendous safety prospect who could play strong or free safety in college. He has a good set of coverage skills, plays the ball well, and is terrific tracking the ball. He plays the run like a linebacker, showing superior closing speed. He is also a sure tackler with the ability to make the big hit. He has great range and anticipation. His instincts are outstanding and he has great feel for the position. Passes the EBT.

No. 99 John Bonney - S - Houston (Texas) Lamar
Rated as a safety, Bonney also has the skills to play corner once he gets to college. A versatile defensive back with a great frame and long arms. Will need to get stronger in the weight room, but has plenty of time for that. His biggest strength is his concentration and coverage abilities. He shows the knack for staying with receivers and getting a hand in to break up the pass. A natural cover guy with great instincts and good flexibility.

No. 149 Brandon Simmons - S - Mansfield (Texas) Timberview - Stanford
A fun player to watch on film. He has nice frame for the position and seems to just glide across the field. He covers a lot of ground play-to-play. He is not afraid to come up and make tackles or shy of contact. On the off plays, he makes blockers pay the price. Play after play he is trying to hit something. He has shows good coverage abilities in coverage. He recognizes quickly and sticks in the designated receivers hip pockets.

No. 168 Steven Parker - S - Jenks (Okla.) HS
Nice looking prospect. He has the ability to play deep centerfield and defend the pass, but he will also fly up and make tackles. Seeing him in person he looks exactly the way you would want your safety to be built. There had been talk that he would not come up and hit, but after watching him live and on tape that does not really seem to be a concern at all. has all the tools a BCS schools is looking for in a safety prospect with size.

No. 231 Payton Hendrix - S - Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne
He's good in coverage and has good ball instincts. The thing that jumps out of it when watching him is his open field tracking and tackling ability. He can really pack a punch, but he can also break down and make sound tackles. He anticipates well whether it is in run support or in pass coverage assignments. His long, tall frame presents an obstacle for quarterbacks. He shows a good burst, excellent closing speed and the ability to turn and change directions.

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