Hakeem Vance

Hakeem Vance

6′2″ / 195 lbs
Olive Branch, MS
Class of 2019
Rating: 87

National Avg
Rating: 86.4

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Mississippi safety Hakeem Vance talks junior day, top three
Hakeem Vance Highlights (2017)


Where Have The Classes of 2018 and 2019 Gone?
3 mo ago by Brian Ethridge
Where Have The Classes of 2018 and 2019 Gone?
Injuries, transfers, and more transitioned the 2018 and 2019 classes into needing younger players to step into the experience void for 2022
Brian Ethridge
1 yr ago by Brian Ethridge
Practice Observations
Holding for when I get homeDL is noticeably bigger with ApuGabe Hall is thereTJ Franklin has filled out furtherGrimes spent the first 15 minutes with OL Mateos driving themTB deliberate and purposeful in drillsPitre looks good. Kids look like the listed weightsWill Williams looks like a difference makerMade it homeIt was great to spend the day in Waco as I left at 5:30 or so and worked the real job from the studio. Had lunch with David Kaye, Dennis Polian, Max Calderone, Ashley, Colt, Smoaky, Huey, and Armstrong. It was good to talk with Baylor employees about the future and the new media access for football practices. We got 15 minutes to start and Jack and I filmed while Colt took a ton of pictures. Sqwirl was stretching and getting love from the staff.Only one player was out and it appears to be an ankle/foot with a boot and not deemed serious.Appears Hakeem Vance has medically retired following a couple surgeries the last two seasons. Joshua Landry ran out the doors before we went in and you could tell he had put on the weight he is listed at versus that weight in 2020 which was likely exaggerated with Covid causing losses from less weight work. Speaking of, Vic Villoria led the team in warmups. He's got the team motivated and then the coaches came in and amped it up a little. You'll hear it on the videos. The defensive line just looks different in a thicker and more defined manner than last year. Moved down to the linebackers and TB was leading from the front of drills and using his voice to motivate. Anthony Anyanwu is big. Offensive line looks legit in size, but didn't get a ton of time to watch them before the horn sounded. Grimes was there the entire 15 minutes and as the horn sounded he moved to QBs where I didn't see anything occur. Zeno was in front and then Gerry moved up next to him and we left. Drones is bigger than them all.Questions
Brian Ethridge
1 yr ago by Brian Ethridge
Post Practice Takeaways 4/17: Defense
First of all, I have to preface that the defense is still missing three of the best players in Terrel Bernard, TJ Franklin, and Gabe Hall. Tyrone Brown was also missing and looks great without pads. Defensive LineSiaki Ika is a difference maker. One I have never seen in a Baylor uniform at this size. We can talk Billings, Tayler, Dotson, etc and none were 360+ moving like this with no stop and able to change direction like him. Just truly fun to watchChidi Ogbonnaya is much bigger and healthy. He's going to be able to give valuable minutes beside or behind Apu.Rob Saulin looks like he's not battling Covid and has put on great weight. The 5th year Senior gets off the ball well and at DE in this 3-4, he'll occupy blockers and get some pressure upfield as he did today.Jackson Shupp is a walk-on getting time with two other DL out and he holds his own and made plays. You love to see a guy like this with a motor that doesn't stop and anyone in front of him can't take a break.Brayden Utley was a walk-on until last year and he started out with the 1st and rotated with the 2s as well. At 6-1 270, he's a guy that is going to muddy up the outside, which allows LBs to run free.Garmon Randolph is so full of potential and he flashes it more now than he did in 2020. At 265, he still looks lean and like he could be 290 and be a taller James Franis/Julius Denton athlete. As a sophomore, his NFL potential will be something to watch. Joshua Landry ran at NT and LDE during the practice and I didn't really notice him during the practice, besides running with 1s and 2s.I don't remember seeing Ryan Miller Cole Maxwell has grown and he made one play that made me smile by flushing Zeno out of the pocket and into the arms of a JACK. Overall the defensive line is loaded. LOADED and there is no true dropoff and they can challenge the 2019 line in dominance, which brings us to the next position...LinebackersAgain, missing TB and Tyrone Brown, but deep with talent and speedJACKAshton Logan is noticeably bigger and knows his position. He's getting pushed by Victor Obi who, like Randolph, doesn't look his weight, but he's active and long. He swoops like a condor outside with his wingspanBryson Jackson looks like he's shot out of a cannon on pass rushing and flat ran past Galvin on one play. He had other flashes where it was great to see the Senior putting his foot down and going upfield in pursuit of the ball carrier or QBAnthony Anyanwu looks like an NFL LB in size and his first step is still explosive. He's a little behind Logan, Obi, and Jackson, but he's not needed this second or season, but he'll be readyWill Garner also looks good physically, but I don't remember him outside of warmupsILBDillon Doyle is more decisive and in so, his speed to the ball has improved. He seems to be everywhere and teaming him with Bernard and Pitre is going to be fun to watchSpeaking of Abram Smith, he overwhelms with speed and physicality, but I turned to Gary and Smoaky during practice and said, "I'm not so sure he shouldn't be at RB, but he definitely should be going both ways at this point to get him on the field."Matt Jones is also more decisive and stronger. He's gotten after the ball carrier with bad intentions at each of the last practices I've attended. Will Williams missed a read on an Abram Smith TD run, but he's going to be someone to watch with his speed on the fieldI don't remember seeing Hakeem Vance Brooks Miller laid the wood on Abram Smith and he got up a little woosy, but continued on. Abram got another 2-3 yards after contact, but it was violent.Tyrone Brown from WOS was out there with the 2s and didn't look lost and made a play or twoSTAR or whatever it is called now and other SafetiesJalen Pitre is Pitre. Enough saidJT Woods got a solid lick in run support and on RJ Sneed as he broke free on the sideline. He looks bigger and more confident in the systemChristian Morgan is also bigger and not blowing assignments as he did against a couple of teams in 2020. Solid and physicalLorando Johnson, Jr. was a CB and is now a safety and his athleticism there is noticeable. His interception on Shapen against Fleeks in the end zone was beautiful. He also supported well on running plays.I was looking for Devin Neal and Mike Harris, but don't remember seeing either, which is good and bad, I guessDevin Lemear and Jairon McVea are two more safeties I didn't notice. Again, they didn't screw up or make a play I rememberCornersNobody with throw on Raleigh Texada, just weird, but he's pressing, redirecting WRs in routes, and looks greatKalon Barnes does have the QBs testing him and he looks more natural in his backpedal and mirroringLoving the move of Alfahiym Walcott to CB. He's physical and can run. Looked good.AJ McCarty is always around the ball. He's a year away, IMO.I don't remember seeing Chateau Reed or Brandon White or Byron Hanspard Zeke Brown was in with the 3s and he got his first INT and start against OSU last yearMark Milton has improved his technique and footwork. He's going to be a serviceable #2, but Walcott is going to push himI can't say more about how impressed I am with this unit. Being on the field level with them is like being next to some NFL sized teams. Several sources told us they had really seen improvement under the new weight staff, but damn, it is noticeable from the distance we are asked to be at from them.
Football: Gains Since 2020 Season
1 yr ago by Brian Ethridge
Football: Gains Since 2020 Season
A view of the players with new weight gains since the Fall of 2020 and a few losses
Baylor's Spring Headlines — Unproven Talent, OL Gelling, QB Competition
3 yr ago by Grayson Grundhoefer
Baylor's Spring Headlines — Unproven Talent, OL Gelling, QB Competition
Baylor football starts spring football practices next week on March 20th. SicEm365's Grayson Grundhoefer goes through some storylines to follow as the camp approaches.
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Career Stats

Season TD Yds Rush Rec TDs Rec Yds Rec T Pass Breakups Int FF
1 69 7 7 490 31 8 1 4 1
- - - - - - 23 8 2 -



6'2, 200 pounds

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His athleticism and height are ideal for the Baylor coaching staff. His power ball is elite which shows a whole lot of power and strength in his upper body. His 40 time is plenty fast enough for a safety or linebacker as well. At camp I really liked his ability to cover tight end or receiver. He matched up really well against tight ends because he did not allow them to displace him. He used his strength to stick with the tight end then used speed to close on the ball. His film from his junior year is terrific. I love his physicality and ability to attack ball carriers. I think he is going to be able to tackle well at the next level. He also had four interceptions but most of them were just bad throws but he put himself in the right spot. Vance has a ton of offensive highlights in his film which is where I saw a ton of athleticism on display. He shows many times the ability to high point the football which is very important at the safety position in the Big 12. The ability to go up and challenge bigger receivers is something I believe he will be able to do better than any other safety currently on Baylor's roster.


Based on the statistics I can find he made a mistake transferring for his senior season. He only played receiver and did not really make much of an impact. I know he had a lingering hamstring and groin injury all season long. I believe that impacted his production greatly. Since he only played offense it makes you wonder why he was not played much on the defensive side of the ball, this reminds me of JT Woods a little bit. Production is something I typically like to see out of prospects especially as a senior. At camp he struggled catching the football and he looked stiff in the hips at times in coverage. There are intricacies of the game that I believe he needs to get much better at such as technique and positioning.

How I see him fitting in at Baylor

I think he is a safety at Baylor. His ability to tackle in the open field and coverage in the slot with receivers and tight ends will be greatly needed. He has very solid athleticism that should translate well to the Baylor. I think he redshirts his first year while playing in four games (I think he will be good on special teams) and then gets a lot of playing time as a RS-FR in a safety by committee approach I believe the Bears will implement.

SicEm365 Rating


Rating Explained

With a projection at safety, Vance shows the athleticism, tackling, size, and junior film to make a big impact for the Bears in the coming years. He impressed at camp with his one-on-one coverage skills and his speed translating to competition. His senior production and film is definitely a negative and one that lowered his ranking to an 87 even though his junior film is near four-star material.

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99-100: Elite national prospect (Five-star)

Considered one of the best prospects in the nation and a likely difference-maker at the collegiate level. Displays all of the physical skills to be a future All-American with potential to be an early-round NFL draft pick.

90-98: Elite state prospect (Four-star)

Considered one of the best 30-40 prospects in the state and a top 250 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to be a major early contributor at the collegiate level with high professional potential.

80-89: Quality prospect (Three-star)

Considered one of the best 100 prospects in the state and a top 500 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to develop into a contributor over the course of his college career. Has the ability to become a professional prospect over time with development.

70-79: Solid prospect (Two-star)

Considered one of the top 250 prospects in the state. Has the physical skills to be a potential contributor at a D-1 program over the course of his collegiate career with significant development. Professional potential is low.

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