2012 Super Elite Top Gun Camp Quarterback Coaches – The Best of the Best. By Max Emfinger

Coach John Fourcade was an All-American Quarterback at Ole Miss when he broke Archie Manning records. He is also a great Quarterback Teacher.


1.    QUARTERBACKS COACH – Coach John Fourcade – Currently serves as an NFL football analyst for WDSU Radio and TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, but he is a former NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. 2010 – Coach Fourcade and Coach Sonny Detmer were our 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp Quarterback Coaches.

Fourcade is a great Quarterback teacher for young quarterbacks and he did a sensational job with our Top Gun Camp Quarterbacks. In 2010, Fourcade was also Head Coach of the Rio Grand Valley Magic of the Southern Indoor Football League. Coach Fourcade played his high school football for New Orleans Archbishop Shaw before he signed with Ole Miss. Coach Fourcade then played for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1978-1981 and was voted as the 1982 Senior Bowl Game MVP after passing for 115-yards and running for 33-yards and two touchdowns.

Fourcade had already gained 6,713-yards at Ole Miss from 1978–1981, breaking the career record of Legendary Ole Miss QB Archie Manning. In 1983, Fourcade played as an undrafted free agent in four games as a backup to Joe Paopao for the British Columbia Lions.

As a career journeyman quarterback, Fourcade played for the 1984 Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the 1985 Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League before being signed as a free agent by the New York Giants in May 1986.

In 1987, Fourcade led the New Orleans Saints to a 2-1 replacement game record and made the regular roster. Over his career, Fourcade passed for 2,312 yards in 24 games for the New Orleans Saints. He was waived by the New Orleans Saints in December 1991. In 1993, Fourcade played for the Miami Hooters of the American Football League. In 2001, he was the General Manager, Head Coach and played in the National Indoor Football League for the Mississippi Fire Dogs. QB John Fourcade – Florida Firecrackers – 2002 – Arena Football League Championship.

2.    QUARTERBACKS COACH – Coach Sonny Detmer – Currently the Head Football Coach at Somerset High School, Texas. – 2010 – Max Emfinger’s All-American Bowl Game Classic – West Winning Head Coach – 2010 – Super Elite Top Gun Camp Quarterbacks Coach with Coach John Fourcade – When Sonny Detmer got into Texas high school coaching in the early 1970’s, his teams passed only 18 or 19 times a game. Of course, most everyone else was throwing it three or four times. “If you didn’t run a slant five or a Wing T,” Detmer says, “you didn’t work.”

They weren’t interested in anyone running anything crazy. Crazy meant throwing for any other reason than you were down by three touchdowns and the crowd was headed for the parking lot. But Coach Detmer went right on throwing the ball anyway. He kept throwing, because he’d been a wide receiver in junior college and with the San Antonio Toros, and he liked it. He thought he could teach kids how to get open. Besides, it’s difficult running the ball when your linemen are nothing more than speed bumps.

Detmer also coached in San Antonio when Quarterback Tommy Kramer won a State Championship at San Antonio Lee. “I would go to Lee’s practices and watch Kramer throwing the football around like it was infield practice. It was unbelievable to see,” said Coach Detmer. But even with all of the success of Kramer, passing the football; the passing game didn’t catch on in Texas. And after The University of Texas won National Championships with the invention of the Wishbone-Offense of the Late Legendary Emory Bellard, and Bill Yeoman found fame with the Veer, high schools in Texas turned to the triple option.

Still, Coach Detmer refused to give up on his dream. Time passed. And, finally, Coach Detmer coached a couple of big-time quarterbacks: his two sons: Ty and Koy Detmer. Ty Detmer would win the 1990 Heisman Trophy at Brigham Young, where he set 59 NCAA records. Ty Detmer finished his career with 15,031-yards  passing and 121 touchdowns which were the NCAA bests when he finished. Ty Detmer still holds nine NCAA records and was voted into the NCAA College Hall of Fame in 2012.

Koy Detmer passed for 5,390-yards and once was ranked second best in Colorado history. Both Ty and Koy played in the NFL. The success of the Detmer Family and others, particularly Houston’s Run and Shoot and Texas Tech’s spread-offense, ultimately forced another step in the passing evolution.

Question: How far has Texas high school football come in the passing game from days when a quarterback was just a middleman? Answer: No other state in the nation has produced more BCS starting quarterbacks in 2008 than Texas with 22. California was second with 15. “Times have changed,” Coach Detmer says, practically giggling at the stat. As for Coach Sonny Detmer? As a senior citizen, he’s in his fourth different term as head coach at Somerset, outside San Antonio. He has already coached his two sons and his grandson, all quarterbacks.

3.    QUARTERBACKS – WIDE RECEIVERS COACH – Coach Billy Barefield – Currently the Passing Game Coordinator for Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma – Barefield is somewhat of a celebrity to our Coaching Fraternity as he was an MVP Player in our 2005 First Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic and then he was an Assistant Coach in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic.

Then in 2012, Coach Barefield came back to be the East Offensive Coordinator, for East Head Coach Wes Chandler, in the 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic. 2006 – AABG – 2010 and 2011 – Wide Receivers Coach for Southern Nazarene University. 2008 – 2009 – Student Assistant Coach for Offense for Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma with Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks.

Barefield had a sensational High School Career: He led his San Antonio Cornerstone Team to a Private School State Championship in 2001 as a freshman; Second Place in 2002; and a State Championship again in 2003. In 2004, Barefield moved to Shreveport Evangel with his dad, Keith Barefield, and led the Eagles to the Louisiana 5A State Championship. Barefield signed with Memphis after he led Evangel to the Louisiana 5A State Championship.

Barefield played quarterback as a freshman for the Memphis Tigers, but with his enormous athletic ability, and 4.4 timing in the forty, he was moved to slot receiver as a sophomore. After two years, Barefield transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play for his dad, Keith Barefield. In 2008, Billy Barefield was voted as the CSFL Offensive Player of the Year. Barefield is an outstanding, young Christian athlete and coach and he is destined to be one of the Top Coaches of this decade.


About maxemfingerrecruiting

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, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my 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. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a 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. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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