SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER HAS HOSTED EIGHT ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAMES; SIX SUPER ELITE TOP GUN CAMPS; AND FOUR 7ON7 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
I was Recruited out of Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas where I was a member of the Brownwood High School 1960 Texas 3A State Football Championship and then as a senior, I was Captain of the Brownwood Track Team that won the 1962 Texas 3A State Track Championship. I was an All-State Football Player and I was High Point Man at the 1962 Track State Championship. I ran the second leg, curve-runner, on the 1962 4×100-Meter Relay that won the 3A State Championship with a 42.2 clocking.
I was a football recruit and I signed with Baylor University of the old Southwest Conference. I was a member of the Baylor Football Team from 1962-66. I was Selected to the Freshman All-SWC Football Team in 1962. I was also a member of the Baylor Freshman Track Team that won the 1963 Freshman Track SWC Championship. I ran the second leg on both the Championship winning 4×100 Meter Relay Team and the Championship winning 4×400 Meter Relay Teams. In 1963, I was a member of the Baylor Football Team that played LSU in the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl Game win.
I was Elected Vice President of the 1962 Baylor Freshman Class and also was Elected Vice President of the Baylor A-cappella Choir in 1967 that gave a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
In 1974, after spending two years as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Coach Hayden Fry, at The University of North Texas, I got a call from Ultimate Super Scout Gil Brandt of the Dallas Cowboys. He told me that he had an opening for a Scout with the Dallas Cowboys. I interviewed for the job and was set to take the job when they decided not to hire another Scout. In the meantime, I had interviewed with Lanier Business Products to get back into Sales.
Then, one day, I got a call from them. Later that month, I took a job as a Salesman with Lanier in Dallas. As a word-processing and dictating salesman, I became one of their top salesmen and I was already being groomed to be a Lanier Sales Manager or a Lanier National Sales Trainer. I also won three Salesmen of the Month Awards. About a year later, I got another call from Gil Brandt. “Max, we are now ready to hire another Scout and I was wondering if you were still interested?” So I became a Dallas Cowboys Scout.
While with the Dallas Cowboys I was in charge of a Major Team Project! I coordinated the rating and ranking of every current NFL Player. I then color-coded every player as to their rating and ranking. Blue = All-Pro; Red = Future or Past All-Pro; Green = Average Player; and Yellow = Rookie or Two-year player.
NOTE: A huge “Flip-Chart” was developed with each NFL Team. Then, a Color-Coded Business-Card with the name of each player placed in the “Flip-Chart” sleeve for each position on the field for both the offense and defense of each NFL Team.
The Late Legendary Head Coach Tom Landry and The Late Legendary Defensive Coordinator Ernie Stautner used this color-coded system as info in their weekly scouting report in preparation for their next game.
My boss was the The Legendary Ultimate Super Scout Gil Brandt. Three of my fellow Dallas Cowboy Scouts were Cornell Green, Reid Johnson, and John Wooten.
I also Coordinated another Dallas Cowboys Scouting Project when I coordinated the development of a Texas Top 100 High School Football Recruiting List for College Coaches. We did this as a favor to College Coaches and we gave this list to every college team in the country that recruited Texas players. That included almost every single college team in the country.
I loved being a Dallas Cowboys Scout, but Lanier was calling me almost every day to come back to work for them. Then one day, Lanier offered me a job that I couldn’t pass-up. They offered me the job of Sales Manager in Midland, Texas. This job would effectively triple my income! I really did not want to leave the Dallas Cowboys, but there was just too much money involved.
I decided to go talk to the Late Dallas Cowboys President and General Manager Tex Schramm and see if they could either match the Lanier salary and commission figures or at least give me a raise. “Max, you have done a great job for us and we love you. Soon, you will receive a raise, but it sounds like you have a pretty fantastic offer that you can’t pass-up,” said Tex Schramm.
I then became the Lanier Midland Sales Manager of both the Lanier Dictating Division and also the new Lanier Word Processing Division. While in Midland, Texas, I got really involved in the Midland Jaycees. In 1977-78, I was elected as the Midland Jaycees State Director and also during that time, I started four Jaycees Chapters in smaller cities in West Texas.
At the end of 1978, I was given The United States Presidential Award for being one of the top Jaycees State Directors in the country. In 1978, after receiving the State Director Award, as one of the Top State Directors in the country, I was chosen as the District Director of the Midland Jaycees Chapter for the 1979 year. While in Midland, as a Midland Jaycee, I also founded The Midland Jaycees Toys for Tots Football Game. I also designed three Traveling Jaycees Pens, including one that was a Toys for Tots Jaycee Pen.
In 1979, Micom Word Processing hired me away from Lanier and moved me to Houston to be their Houston Branch Manager. After about six months, after moving to Houston, I started the first high school football recruiting/scouting service. It was a service to help high school football players to get publicity to help them be noticed by college coaches; for college recruiting buffs so they could find out who was being recruited; and for college coaches to get extra information about high school football recruits that might not be on their recruiting boards.
In 1980, I was the first independent recruiting source to Rate and Rank a high school football player. I was also the first independent source to rate and rank a college football recruiting class after The National Signing Date.
In 1985, I had approximately 10,500 paid subscribers to my Max Emfinger’s National Recruiting Newsletter. My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, I hosted my First Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches.
In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In eight games in eight years, my wife, Ginger, and I have helped get 468 HS football players a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. We currently have helped 60 players from our 8th Annual All-American Bowl Game. This does not count over 1,000 players who we helped that did not play in our game.
My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Super Elite Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be “Diamonds in the Rough” to be found.