ODELL BECKHAM IS ON PAUL HORNUNG WATCH LIST!
BY SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
Every single Football season, there are some great High School Football Players who for some reason are over-looked by the various Recruiting Services and College Coaches. In fact, some of these players are simply unbelievably talented players looking for an opportunity to show their talent to the various College Coaches.
In 2010, there were some really fabulous High School Football players in Louisiana that were in this category. One was named Odell Beckham Jr who was the son of former LSU great Odell Beckham Sr. And another one was Ronald Martin.
Young Beckham was from the same Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans that had already sent at least two players to the NFL by the names of Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Beckham also joined Cooper Manning as the only two Newman High School football players to ever reach 1,000-yards in receiving. Beckham also averaged 30-yards per punt return for Newman High School.
Also! His dad, Beckham Sr was a great running-back for LSU and his mom, Heather, was an All-American Track Sprinter for LSU in 1991-93, winning two NCAA Indoor Sprint Championships and three NCAA Outdoor Sprint Championships. This should have been enough to alert a few college coaches that there might be a player at Newman HS and enough to get some scholarship offers, but as the summer started, before his Senior season, Beckham did not have a scholarship offer.
But lets “Fast-Forward” to this week in July of 2013, because this was the week that Beckham Jr was announced as one of the 44 players on the 2013 Paul Hornung Award. This Prestigious Fourth Annual Paul Hornung Award goes to the Most Versatile Player in Major College Football. In 2012, the Paul Hornung Award winner went to Wide Receiver Tavon Austin of West Virginia.
In the recent LSU Spring Game, Beckham (6-0, 187, 4.44, JR-2L) caught a beautiful 79-yard touchdown pass from QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 230, 4.8, SR-2L) in the endzone with only 4:11 left in First Half. He then caught another 21-yard touchdown pass from QB Stephen Rivers (6-8, 225, 4.9, SO-SQ) with 5:40 left in the game.
Beckham finished the LSU Spring Game with six catches for 202-yards and two Touchdowns as he helped lead the White Team to a 37-0 Victory. I was at that LSU Spring Game and I Selected Beckham as the Spring Game MVP.
In 2012, As a True Sophomore, Beckham had 43 catches for 713-yards which was outstanding for a team that does not throw that much. The huge thing that makes Beckham so Special is that he has returned 35 punts for 320-yards and scored on two of them, including an incredible 89-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss. He also has averaged 12.9 Yards Per Touch on 138 touches in two years. Beckham also has an amazing 1,784 All-Purpose Yards in two years.
Everyone in the Football Stadium knows exactly when Beckham is going to get the football and many times it is in a crucial situation and he is still able to make positive yards.
Martin was another Super-Star player in Louisiana who was also Flying Under the Recruiting Radar. Martin did not have one single scholarship either. This should give Hope to every High School Football Player in the Country who does not have any scholarship offers in mid-summer before his Senior Season.
At my 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp, Beckham and Martin were sensational as they both made numerous one-handed catches in Competition Drills. They both signed with LSU. Beckham (In Photo) was a True-Freshman Starter for the Tigers while Martin Red-Shirted. Abdul Abdulluh was another Super Star at the 2010 Top Gun Camp and he and Martin both did a 40-inch Vertical Jump; while Beckham did a 38. Abdullah was Nick-Named Mini Deion Sanders. Martin did a 4.0 Pro-Shuttle; while Abdullah did a 4.02 and Beckham did a 4.12 Shuttle.
Abdullah signed with Nebraska and returned a 100-yard Kickoff for a touchdown as a True-Freshman. Both Beckham and Abdullah were selected to the 2011 Freshman All-American Team.
One of the biggest reasons that I host a Super Elite Top Gun Combine/Camp is to find these players with Super Measurables. It is so important for all of the young and inexperienced High School Football players to attend, because some of my Top Gun Coaches are the best in the country at teaching Technique on the Vertical Jump and the Pro-Agility Shuttle.
My MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar type Rating System is very important for the NFL Scouts, and the NFL Scouting Combine is the first time that “Accurate Numbers” are recorded on these NFL Players. It’s easy to say someone can run a 4.4 or a 4.3 in the Forty, but before an Accurate Hand-Held Timing by a Professional Scout or either by a slower, but Accurate Laser Timing is done, most Forty times are less than Accurate. Technique is also very important and that is why College Football Players entering the NFL Draft will hire a Sports Trainer to train and teach them how to do a Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, or a Standing Broad Jump.
You can get a very good idea about a High School Football Player if he participates in a Legitimate Super Football Combine, but many High School Football Players do not get a chance to participate in Super Combines. If a High School Football Player is being recruited by 40 D-1 Schools, then you have to assume that he is an outstanding Football Player, but how can you give this player a MEARS RATING if he does not have Valid Measurables? The answer is Very Simple! You either have to make-up or approximate his Measurables based upon his Game Film Evaluation or Actual Game Evaluation, giving him the Maximum Points on most of his Measurables for his position.
Most High School Football Players don’t even know what their Measurables are and you would think that they would, but they don’t. Many times, a High School Football Player will list his best Forty Time as a 4.8 and then twenty minutes later run a 4.6 or better. Also, you must keep in mind that with a little instruction and training, most High School and College Football players can improve on their Speed Measurables by Two and Three Tenth of a Second and can improve on their Distance Measurables by as much as Six to Eight Inches.
Fabulous 44 Elite Players in 2013 NFL Scouting Combine! By Super Scout Max Emfinger http://wp.me/p2fDtb-10o
SPECIAL NOTE: All of you High School players need to print out The Link And Report Above and use it as a guide for you to get to the the NFL. All of These guys become Rich at the end of April of 2013 and if you work hard, and learn how to do great Measurables, you can be in the same spot. Also a D-1AA guy broke the Standing Broad Jump record at the Scouting Combine when he did a 139-inch SBJ.