All-American Secondary and Linebackers Were Best in Years! By Max Emfinger


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ALL-AMERICAN SECONDARY AND LINEBACKERS WERE BEST IN YEARS!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

As I was walking up to the First West Team Practice on Tuesday, I couldn’t help but notice one of the West Team Defensive Backs standing on the sideline. He was an unbelievable Physical Specimen with great muscle tone in his arms and legs. I could not resist in asking who he was and he said, “Travin Howard.

2013 Travin Howard Longview BestI then watched about half of that practice and Howard (6-0, 190, 4.4, 37) made some really great plays; plus a couple of interceptions. Then in the game on Friday, Howard made a Six Tackles and a Key Interception to stop one of the East Team Drives.

Howard actually played Free Safety at Longview, Texas, but he is a Speedy, Athletic Player who can play Cornerback or Safety at the next level. Before the First West Team Practice, Howard had an 1,880 MEARS RATING, but after Practice on Tuesday and the All-American Bowl Game Classic, on Friday, he was moved to a 1,980 MEARS RATING. Howard has just given a Verbal to TCU.

Another great looking Prospect at the First West Team Practice was S.J. Fehoko (5-9, 190, 4.4, 38, 4.18) of Murray Cottonwood, Utah. Fehoko had recorded 133 tackles as a Junior and he also had recorded 36 Reps of 185-Pounds on the Bench Press and his Muscles were Rippling in Practice.

Fehoko might have saved his Best Game of the Year for our All-American Bowl Game Classic, as he recorded Nine Big Hits in the Game, including Five Solo Tackles, Six Assisted Tackles, One Key Interception, and One Pass Deflection. Fehoko had an 1,900 MEARS RATING before the Game and a 1,950 MEARS RATING after the Game.

Benjamin Newman (5-11, 190, 4.42, 38) of Baton Rouge Tara, Louisiana was also Outstanding in the Game on Friday as he played both Safety Positions. Newman did a 38-Inch Vertical Jump and a 4.2 Pro Shuttle at the Tulane Summer Camp and he was Verbally Committed to Tulane for a Long Time. Newman moved from an 1,850 MEARS to a 1,900 MEARS.

PhotoAnd Lets Don’t Forget about Kaleb Kador (6-0, 210, 4.45, 36) of Baton Rouge Tara who was brought to the Game to probably play Defense, but played on the Offensive Side of the Football in the Game. Although Kador is an Outstanding Running Back, he is an Exceptional Strong Safety and he will play that Position in the NFL. Kador was Rated as a 1,920 MEARS RATING.

West Teamers FS Howard and SS Fehoko had some really great Support from some outstanding Cornerback Help from Reggie Davis (5-8, 170, 4.37, 38) of Bryan A&M Consolidated, Texas; DeVonte Briley (6-0, 190, 4.4, 38) of Baton Rouge Tara, Louisiana; Glen Smith (5-10, 175, 4.4, 38,) of Olympia Fields Rich Central, Illinois; and Chaunsi Booker (5-8, 170, 4.42, 37) of Scotlandville, Louisiana.

Smith was impressive all week in the West Team Practice and he was outstanding in the Game on Friday. He made a Solo Tackle on the East Team Tight End and then made two more Solo Tackles on Scrambling East Team Quarterbacks. He also forced another great play inside that was headed outside and after the Game, Smith was moved from an 1,850 MEARS to a 1,900 MEARS.

Davis moved from an 1,880 MEARS RATING to a 1,930 MEARS RATING; while Briley moved from an 1,870 MEARS to a 1,920 MEARS; and Booker moved from an 1,830 MEARS to an 1,880 MEARS.

The East Team Secondary was led by Cornerback Lashard Durr (6-1, 181, 4.36, 42) of Gulfport Harrison Central, Mississippi. Durr is a Super Combine Freak and his 4.36 Forty and 42-Inch Vertical Jump are exceptional Measurables, giving him a 2,017 MEARS RATING before he got to our East Team First Practice. After watching Durr in that First East Team Practice, he was moved to a 2,067 MEARS RATING. Durr recorded 60 tackles as a Senior and he had Four More Tackles in the All-American Bowl Game Classic; averaged 31.1-Yards Per Catch on 10 catches;  and also Returned Four Punts for Touchdowns as a Senior. Durr is Verbally Committed to Mississippi State.

There were several Big Surprises on the East Team Secondary, but one of the Biggest Surprises of the Week and The Game on Friday was FS Kameron Coleman (5-11, 190, 4.42, 38, 4.2, 116) of Brewton T.R. Miller, Alabama. His Coach had called me about a week before we were to meet in Panama City and asked me if I had room for another Defensive Back and of course, I said I would take him.

Coleman was impressive all week in Practice and then he Shocked everyone of us as he Intercepted a Timothy Ryan pass in the Third Quarter and returned it 11-yards for a Touchdown to give the East Team a 23-0 Lead. As Sportswriter Brad Milner said in his Writeup of the Game in the Panama City News Herald: “Coleman could have merited Defensive MVP consideration.”

Another Surprise in the East Team Secondary was Tevin Newman (5-11, 175, 4.4, 38, 4.2) of Dolton Thornridge, Illinois. I had watched Newman on Hudl and I was impressed with his Speed and Versatility to play any number of positions. Newman looked really good in practice all week, but he shocked all of us as he recorded 3 Tackles and had a Key Interception on his own 35-Yard Line and returned it about 30-Yards to stop another West Team Drive.

I can’t remember another All-American Bowl Game with Five Interceptions in it, but Cornerback Michael Smith (5-8, 170, 4.4, 38) of Greenville, Alabama made a great diving catch to record the Fifth Interception of the Game. Smith also recorded three tackles.

One other East Team Surprise in the Secondary was Terail Snipes (5-10, 180, 4.5, 38) of Greenville, Alabama. Snipes had a great game as he recorded 3 Tackles and had 2 Pass Knockdowns in the Game on Friday. Snipes also told me that he almost had two Interceptions and nearly had the one that Smith got, but just missed it.

After the All-American Bowl Game Classic, on Friday, Kameron Coleman moved from an 1,830 MEARS to an 1,880 MEARS; while Newman moved from an 1,840 MEARS to an 1,890 MEARS; and Snipes and Smith both moved from an 1,820 MEARS to an 1,870 MEARS.

On Tuesday Morning when I got to the First East Team Practice, all of the Coaches were talking about ReJohn Franklin. I had already watched Franklin (6-1, 235, 4.65, 36, 4.3) of Gulfport Harrison Central, Mississippi on his Hudl Film and I had already come to the conclusion that he was one of the best Middle Linebackers in the Country. As a Senior, Franklin recorded an Incredible 108 Tackles, including 72 Solo Tackles and he did not even play Defense in Four Games, but he was very  Dominating as a Fullback for his Harrison Central Team.

Franklin came to the First East Team Practice with an 1,850 MEARS RATING with some Outstanding Measurables, but after two outstanding practices on Tuesday, he was Moved to a 1,950 MEARS RATING. Then, in the All-American Bowl Game Classic, on Friday, after he recorded 12 Tackles, including 4 Solo Tackles and only playing about half the game, Franklin was Moved to a 2,000 MEARS RATING. There were some East Team Coaches that felt he deserved to be even higher, but Franklin will go to Junior College and then prepare with some Lucky D-I Team for a couple years before going to the National Football League or Professional Football Showcase.

One outstanding East Team Outside Linebacker was Kaleb Coleman (6-1, 218, 4.6, 36) of Robertsdale, Alabama. Coleman had a great Senior Season when he recorded 122 Tackles. In the game, Coleman recorded 10 Tackles and had Two Pass Breakups. Coleman came to the First East Team Practice with an 1,840 MEARS RATING and after the game, he was Moved to a 1,890 MEARS RATING.

After I got through watching Franklin, Durr, Keith McNeil, Rashaad Miller, and LaDarrius Kidd, I went to the First West Team Practice and basically I found the same “Buzz” as at the East Team Practice. This time, it was Orlando Batiste, Travin Howard, S.J. Fehoko, Reggie Davis, Dalvin Dunn, and Devonte Briley.

In the last two years, I have probably seen Batiste (6-1, 235, 4.52, 36) of Plaquemine, Louisiana play five or six times and he has been outstanding in every game. I was very proud of him this year when he was Voted to the Baton Rouge All-Metro Large School Team, since he hardly ever got any Publicity.

As a Senior, Batiste recorded 138 Tackles, including 85 Solo Tackles, had 6 sacks, and an amazing 28 Tackles for a Loss. This was all from his Middle Linebacker Position, but at The All-American Bowl Game Classic, the West Team Defensive Coordinator moved him to Outside Linebacker, where he made 6 Solo Tackles and 4 Assisted Tackles at a Position that he had never played. “It was a little strange at first, playing on the Outside, but it gave me an opportunity to play a position that I had never played and it prepared me to be able to play both positions at the next level,” said Batiste.

Batiste came to the First West Team Practice with a 1,930 MEARS RATING and after the All-American Bowl Game Classic, he was moved to a 1,980 MEARS RATING. Batiste has been Flying Under the Recruiting Radar for the Entire Season, but I think that Batiste will be playing in the NFL or PFS before we know it.

One of the reasons that Batiste played Outside Linebacker was because he was Fast and Athletic and there were so many other Linebackers who were more suited to play in the Middle, including Chika Anukam (6-1, 220, 4.56) of Athens Clarke Central, Georgia; Cedric Armstrong (5-10, 220, 4.68) of Athens Clarke Central, Georgia; and Joshua Hamontree (6-0, 210, 4.65) of Lafayette Acadian Home School, Louisiana, who became our First Home School Player to play in our All-American Bowl Game Classic.

Batiste would be joined on the Outside West Team Linebackers by Kevante Lowery (6-4, 210, 4.5) of Smackover, Arkansas; Kadaro Smith (6-0, 210, 4.45, 38) of Scotlandville, Louisiana; and Sherman Ray Wilder (6-0, 195, 4.5, 36) of Bryan A&M Consolidated, Texas. Obviously, one of the Middle Linebackers would have to be moved to the Outside and it was Armstrong who got the call.

Before we go any further with the West Team Linebackers, we need to keep a few things in mind. First of all, due to Three West Team Offensive Interceptions and several Fumbles, the West Team Defense was On The Field For a Good Portion of the Game. If the Great West Team Defense had not of made all of the Exceptional plays, that they made, the Final Score might have been even worse.

So Anukam and Hamontree ended-up playing West Team Middle Linebacker. When I watched Anukam and Armstrong on their Highlight Film, I thought both of them were great and both could play either Linebacker position. Anukam played both positions, but I thought that he was a little better suited to play Outside Linebacker.

In Evaluating the Game Film, I was astonished with all three of these Linebackers. Armstrong recorded 6 Solo Tackles, including Two Tackles for a Loss and 4 Assisted Tackles; while Anukam recorded 6 Solo Tackles, including 2 Tackles for a Loss.

I got a phone call from Coach Taylor Boutin and he told me that he had two Home School Players that needed to play in my game and I told him that I would look at them and I sent them an Invitation. Hamontree was unbelievable in the All-American Bowl Game as he recorded 5 Tackles, including Two Tackles for a Loss.

His Home School Home School Teammate, FS Cory Melancon (5-10, 190, 4.46, 36) recorded Three Tackles. Another Good-Looking Free Safety was Jackson Sodek (6-2, 190, 4.52,33) of Rogers, Texas. Both Melancon and Sodek looked great in practice and both players recorded Three Tackles in the All-American Bowl Game Classic.

Anukam came to the First Practice as an 1,850 MEARS RATING and was moved to a 1,900 MEARS RATING after the Game; while Armstrong was moved from an 1,800 MEARS RATING to an 1,850 MEARS RATING and Hamontree from a 1,750 MEARS RATING to an 1,850 MEARS RATING.

One of the most Intriguing Linebacker in the All-American Bowl Game Classic, was a Player named Andrew McReynolds from Dickinson, Texas who Ended-Up on the East Team. I got a call one day from Coach Jimmy Longerbeam and he told me to put Andrew McReynolds on his East Team and I told him that I would.

So McReynolds comes to the First East Team Practice with some Great Measurables and he was a Legit 6-4 and 219-pounds and could run. McReynolds (6-4, 219, 4.5, 36, 4.1, 123, 20) came with a Great 1,863 MEARS RATING and after watching him practice, I moved him to a 1,913 MEARS RATING. Then in the Game, he recorded 3 Solo Tackles and 4 Assisted Tackles, but when he ran down the field and made another tackle on the Kickoff, I decided to rate him to a 1,923 MEARS RATING.

DEFENSIVE SECONDARY AND LINEBACKER ALL-AMERICANS

# POS PLAYER           ST  HT  WT  40  VJ  SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING VERBAL
#1 CB Lashard Durr MS  6-1   181  4.36 42   4.2   129   –    2,067 MEARS  Miss State
#2 LB ReJohn Franklin MS 6-1 235 4.65 36 4.3  112  28  2,000 MEARS
#3 FS Travin Howard TX 6-0 190  4.4   37  4.2    118  –     1,980 MEARS  TCU
#3 LB Orlando Batiste LA  6-1 235  4.52 36  4.2   118 20  1,980 MEARS
#5 SS S.J. Fehoko     UT   5-10 195  4.45 38  4.18  126   36 1,950 MEARS
#6 CB Reggie Davis     TX   5-8 170  4.37 38  4.08  122  20  1,930 MEARS
#7 LB Andrew McReynolds TX 6-4 219 4.5 36 4.1 123 20 1,923 MEARS W Tx A&M
#8 SS Kaleb Kador        LA  6-0   210  4.45 36  4.2   118  18 1,920 MEARS
#8 CB DeVonte Briley   LA  6-0 190  4.4  38   4.18 120  15  1,920 MEARS
#10 LB Chika Anukam  GA 6-1  220  4.52 36   4.4   116  –   1,900 MEARS
#10 CB Glen Smith          VA   5-10 175 4.4 38   4.1    126 12 1,900 MEARS
#10 SS Ben Newman       LA  5-11 190 4.42 38   4.2   118 10 1,900 MEARS Tulane
#10 LB Ced Armstrong   GA 5-10 220 4.7   34    4.4   114 –   1,900 MEARS
#14 LB Kaleb Coleman   AL 6-1  218  4.62 36   4.42 116  32 1,890 MEARS
#14 FS Tevin Newman IL  5-11 180  4.4   36    4.2   116 10   1,890 MEARS
#16 CB Chaunsi Booker LA 5-8  170   4.42 37   4.16 116  –    1,880 MEARS
#16 FS Kameron Coleman AL 5-11 190 4.42 38 4.2  116  –   1,880 MEARS
#16 LB Kevante Lowery AR    6-4  210 4.5  38  4.3   116 20   1,880 MEARS
#19 SS Terail Snipes       AL 5-10 180 4.5 38    4.31 116 10     1,870 MEARS
#19 CB Michael Smith   AL 5-8   170   4.4  38  4.16  126  –      1,870 MEARS
#21 LB/LS Josh Hamontree LA 6-0 210 4.8 28 4.6  105  –    1,850 MEARS
#21 LB Sherman Wilder TX 6-0 200   4.5   38   4.2   114 10  1,850 MEARS
#21 OLB Kadaro Smith   LA  6-0    200 4.5  36   4.4  116  20 1,850 MEARS
#24 SS C.J. Melancon     LA  5-10 195 4.5   36    4.18  116  15 1,840 MEARS
#25 CB Terry Taylor      AL   5-8   170   4.4   36   4.18  116  –   1,830 MEARS
#26 CB Kelton Bridges  SC   5-11 170   4.5   36    4.06 118  –   1,820 MEARS   
#27 CB DeBryant Crenshaw AL 5-11 170 4.44 36 4.2 116 8   1,770 MEARS
#28 MLB Divante Wright AL 5-10 225 4.8 34   4.4   112   –    1,720 MEARS
#28 CB Phillip Brooks    LA  5-11 185  4.5  36   4.2   116   20  1,720 MEARS 
#28 MLB Lavarus Peagler AL 6-0 223 4.7   32   4.4    110   –  1,720 MEARS

Everyone is Rated, Ranked, and listed At Their position!

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FINAL MEARS RATINGS OF OFFENSIVE SKILL PLAYERS

# POS PLAYER           ST  HT  WT  40  VJ  SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING VERBAL
#1 TE Jaquan Finch AL  6-3   230 4.46 38   4.3   122  18    2,030 MEARS
#2 RB Forrest Town  LA  6-0   195 4.34 40   4.01 128  20   2,020 MEARS Dartmouth
#3 WR Jalen Curtis  AR   5-10 175  4.32 42   4.06 128  10   2,010 MEARS
#4 QB Dallas Davis    FL   6-2   215 4.7    33    4.4   112   –    2,000 MEARS So Ala
#4 TE Aaron Hall      LA   6-2   220 4.5    38     4.3   116   –   2,000 MEARS
#4 WR Dorian Leonard TX 6-4 200 4.4 38   4.06 128  –      2,000 MEARS Texas 
#4 WR Kerry Thomas TX  6-2   190 4.45 40   4.2   126  –     2,000 MEARS
#8 IR Chevy Thornton LA 5-11 190 4.4   40   4.2   128 20   1,960 MEARS
#9 QB Kobe Miller    TX   6-2   210    4.6   34  4.4  110   –      1,950 MEARS
#9 IR Brandon Jackson TX   5-9 170 4.32 38 4.06 126   –   1,950 MEARS
#11 WR Austin Johnson GA 6-1  185  4.4  38 4.2  120   –     1,940 MEARS
#12 RB Joe Wilson     VA      5-9    195 4.37 38  4.16 118  –    1,930 MEARS
#13 WR Javon Montgomery IL 6-0 180 4.41 38 4.2 116 –   1,920 MEARS
#14 RB Mike Milburn TX   6-1   207  4.45 36   4.2 120    15  1,914 MEARS
#15 FB Kobe McCrary  FL 6-0  220 4.5   36   4.21 116   25    1,910 MEARS  
#16 WR Jimmie Jackson AR 6-3 203 4.45 38  4.16 118 20  1,906 MEARS
#17 RB Darrean Burks AL  5-8.5 195 4.46 36   4.26 118  18 1,900 MEARS
#17 RB Tyler Crutchfield FL 6-1 210 4.5 36   4.2   118    –   1,900 MEARS
#17 WR Harrison Quinlan CN 6-3 205 4.5 36  4.2 118 15   1,900 MEARS
#17 TE Jordan Whitaker TX 6-3 210 4.6 38   4.4   120  10 1,900 MEARS
#21 QB Dustin Dubar     AR 6-2  180  4.7   36   4.32 106    –  1,880 MEARS
#22 IR John Miller     SC   5-11 180 4.4   36    3.90 122   –     1,870 MEARS
#22 IR Deonta Moses  IL   5-9   175   4.4 38   4.13  126  10   1,870 MEARS
#24 WR Demarcus Rivers AR 6-1 185  4.4 36   4.2  118  –     1,860 MEARS
#25 TE Ryan White      TN   6-4 240  4.66 36   4.4    112  18  1,850 MEARS

ATHLETIC QUARTERBACK OR ATHLETE FINAL MEARS RATINGS

# POS PLAYER           ST  HT  WT  40  VJ  SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING VERBAL
#1 ATH Charlie Kelly   FL   5-8  185  4.37  38 4.11  128  –   2,010 MEARS Ala State
#2 ATH Cam Johnson GA  6-3   190 4.6   36   4.4   116   –   1,940 MEARS
#3 ATH Collin Seyller IL    6-2   180  4.42 38  4.16 122  –   1,900 MEARS
#4 ATH Antonio Johnson IL 6-1 180 4.45 36 4.2   118  –   1,850 MEARS
#4 ATH T.J. Ryan          CN  6-4  200 4’7    32    4.5  112   –   1,850 MEARS

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN FINAL MEARS RATINGS

# POS PLAYER           ST  HT  WT  40  VJ  SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING VERBAL
#1 OT Trenton Jenkins GA 6-5 320  5.0    28  4.8   106   28   1,925 MEARS
#2 OT Will Jones           AR  6-5   305  5.0  28   4.8   105    28   1,915 MEARS
#3 OC Zane Bush           AR  6-2   275  5.0   28    4.78  100  28   1,875 MEARS
#3 OG Tyler Dever         FL  6-3  285  5.1   28   5.0   102   18     1,875 MEARS
#3 OT Kory Gilliam      GA   6-6  300  5-2  28   5.0    105  –      1,875 MEARS
#6 OC Kaleb Hinson      TN 6-2    285 5.0   28   4.4     105  28   1,850 MEARS
#6 OC Justin Smith        SC  6-3  305  5.1   28    4.9 195    –       1,850 MEARS
#8 OG Kolton Gatson   TX  6-1 300  5.16  30  4.44  112  24     1,840 MEARS
#8 OG Isaiah Briggs      LA  6-4   305  5.1  28   4.9   106   –       1,840 MEARS
#8 OG Aiden Elkhatib VA  6-4   300 5.2   28   5.0    106  20    1,840 MEARS
#11 OG Hunter Kennedy AL  6-4  310  5.2 28   4.93 106 20    1,830 MEARS
#12 OG Marvin Davidson AL 6-4   255 4.8  28   4.6  110   –      1,770 MEARS
#13 OG Mason Semisi  HI   6-2     295  5.3   28   5.0  100  24    1,750 MEARS
#14 OG Reggie Brock      LA  6-1   315   5.3  26   5.0    98    28   1,730 MEARS 
#15 OG Taylor Graf      LA  6-1   340   5.3  24   5.1    96    24      1,720 MEARS
#16 OC Brad Angevaare CN 5-10 255 5.3 24   5.1    96    15       1,700 MEARS

Whether you are a College Football Coach and you only have one scholarship left to give in your current recruiting class or you are an NFL Team and you only have one Draft Choice left on your current NFL Draft Board, there needs to be a Rating System that you can go to and based on the highest rated player, would give you the very best player available irregardless of position.

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MAX EMFINGER – SUPER SCOUT

DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEARS RATING SYSTEM

One of the reasons, in the early years, that the Dallas Cowboys were always successful in the NFL Draft was because they probably had more information on every player and they were able to make more valid decisions on each player, based on that information. Their philosophy was always that the more information, the more valid the decision as to whether to draft a player or not.

When I left the Dallas Cowboys in 1976, I developed a similar Rating System, but I shelved it until 2001, when NIKE developed a similar Rating System and called it The SPARQ Rating. When I decided to bring back my Rating System, I called it the Max Emfinger Asset Rating System or MEARS RATING.

Although the SPARQ Rating System has become popular, it still has some flaws, because the SPARQ Rating System was not originally based on a player’s position, but his weight. If the Rating System is not based on the position of the player, then how are you going to decide who the best player is at each position? If the Rating System is based on the player position, then you will know how a player relates to his position.

If you have only one Draft Choice or one scholarship left, the MEARS RATING SYSTEM will give you the highest rated player regardless of position. To get this MEARS RATING, more information, including Height, Weight, Forty, Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, Standing Broad Jump, and 185-Pound Bench Press Reps for High School Players and 225-pound Bench Press Reps for College and Professional Players are put into the formula and all of this is based upon the standard for his position.

My mission and goal is to search for that hidden High School or College Football Talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity and get to the next level of competition.

To get an idea as to how the MEARS RATING SYSTEM works, check out the most recent 2013 Scouting Combine Top 44 Players with MEARS RATINGS.

2013 NFL FABULOUS 44 AT 2013 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 OT Lane Johnson OU      6-6  303  4.72 34     4.52 118   28      2,106 MEARS
#2 CB Xavier Rhodes FLA    6-2  210  4.39  40.5  –       132  14     2,100 MEARS
#3 OT Terron Armstead PB 6-5 306  4.71 34.5  4.72 112   31      2,082 MEARS
#4 SS Sham Thomas  SYR    5-9  213  4.42 40.5 4.22 133   28      2,081 MEARS
#5 DE Margus Hunt    SMU   6-8  277  4.68  34.5  4.51 121  38      2,079 MEARS
#6 LB C. Washington UGA   6-4  265  4.53  39     –       128  36     2,040 MEARS
#7 SS Earl Wolff          NCST  5-11 209 4.39  39    4.07  134   –       2,028 MEARS
#8 CB Robert Alford  SELA  5-10  188 4.35  40    4.23  132  17     2,016 MEARS
#9 LB Jamie Collins   USM   6-4    250 4.58  41.5 4.32  139 19      2,015 MEARS
#10 OT Kyle Long        ORE    6-6    313 4.9    28    4.63  119  –        2,011 MEARS
#11 CB Des Trufant  WASH  6-0    190 4.33  37.5 3.85  125  16     2,005 MEARS
#12 QB Geno Smith    WVA    6-2  228  4.55  33.5  –       124  –       1,996 MEARS
#12 WR Marq Goodwin TEX 5-9    183 4.27  38     –       132  –        1,996 MEARS
#14 SS TJ McDonald    USC   6-3     219 4.53 40    4.2    131  19      1,993 MEARS
#15 AP Tavon Austin WVA   5-8.5  174 4.28 32     4.01 120 14      1,990 MEARS
#16 CB Jamar Taylor BOISE 5-11  192  4.45 35   4.06  127  22      1,989 MEARS
#17 DE Dion Jordan   ORE     6-6     248 4.56 32.5 4.35 122  –         1,986 MEARS
#18 CB Dee Milliner     ALA    6-0    201  4.33 36    4.32  122  –       1,982 MEARS
#18 CB Steve Williams CAL  5-9     181  4.33 40.5 4.1   128  12      1,982 MEARS
#20 FS Eric Reid          LSU     6-1      213  4.48 40.5 4.22 122 17      1,976 MEARS
#21 DT Sharrif Floyd FLA     6-3      297  4.87  30    4.75 106  –       1,974 MEARS
#21 DE Ziggy Ansah    BYU    6-5      271  4.6    34.5  4.26 118 21     1,974 MEARS
#23 LB Zavier Gooden MO    6-2      234 4.43  34     4.18  131 27     1,973 MEARS
#24 LB Bark Mingo     LSU     6-4      241  4.51  37     4.39 128 –        1,972 MEARS
#25 DT Datone Jones UCLA  6-4      283 4.75  31.5 4.32  112  29     1,966 MEARS
#26 RB Chris Michaels A&M 5-10    220 4.47  43     4.02 125 27     1,965 MEARS
#26 WR Ryan Swope   A&M    6-0     205  4.31  37     4.25 125 16     1,965 MEARS
#28 QB EJ Manuel       FSU     6-5      237  4.61  34     4.21 118  –       1,964 MEARS
#29 OG Jon Cooper     UNC    6-2      311   5.01  27     4.84 108  35   1,962 MEARS
#29 WR C. Patterson TENN   6-2      217  4.42  37      –      128  –       1,962 MEARS
#31 WR Mark Wheaton ORST 5-11 189  4.4    37      4.02 120  20   1,958 MEARS 
#32 CB Dave Amerson NCST 6-1       205 4.39  35.5  –      127   15    1,955 MEARS 
#33 CB Darius Slay      MSU    6-0      192  4.32  35.5  4.21 124  14    1,954 MEARS
#34 OT Eric Fisher CenMich 6-7      306  5.0    28.5 4.44 116   27    1,952 MEARS
#35 WR Josh Boyce     TCU     5-11     206  4.34  34    4.1    131  22    1,947 MEARS
#35 CB Dwayne Gratz CONN 5-11     201  4.41  38     4.15 125  22    1,947 MEARS
#37 DE Bjoern Werner FSU   6-3       266  4.77   31    4.4    111  25    1,945 MEARS
#37 DE Corey Lemonier AUB 6-3      255   4.56  33   4.4    119  27     1,945 MEARS
#39 SS Kenny Vaccaro TEX   6-0       214  4.55  38    4.06  121 15     1,943 MEARS
#40 LB Tre Williams CONN   6-1       241   4.51 38     –        124 30    1,942 MEARS
#41 NG S. Richardson  MO     6-2       294  4.94  32    –        116 30     1,938 MEARS
#42 SS Matt Elam          FLA    5-10     208  4.48  35.5 –       118 17      1,936 MEARS
#42 SS Shawn Williams UGA 6-0      213   4.42 36    4.25  120 25    1,936 MEARS
#44 LB Sio Moore       CONN    6-1        245  4.59  38   4.31  127 29     1,935 MEARS

When I was with the Dallas Cowboys and getting ready to Evaluate, Rate, and Rank every player in the NFL for Coach Tom Landry, Coach Landry said: The Gold-Chips are All-Pro Players; the Blue-Chips are Potential All-Pro Players; and the Red-Chip Players are very good players and you need a lot of them to win a Championship. The Green-Chip Players are Rookie Players or young players who have not made it yet.”

My Number One Rated MEARS RATED High School Player in the country in 2012 was Inside Linebacker Reuben Foster (6-2, 242, 4.46, 38, 4.4, 116) of Auburn, Alabama. Foster recorded a 2,094 MEARS RATING; Signed with The University of Alabama; and all of his Measurables were considered to be accurate.

Forty-Yard Dash – The Forty-Yard Dash (40) is a test of raw speed, stamina, and explosiveness. It is a test of pure speed from Point A to Point B. Technique is also very important. This is a very good test of measure for all skill players who may have to run 40-yards in a game. The cornerback standard in the Forty is 4.6 and Dee Milliner of Alabama, Steve Williams of California, and Desmond Trufant of Washington all ran a 4.33 Forty and all got 270 points. WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas ran a 4.27 in the Forty and received 330 points. In the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Trindon Holliday of LSU ran a 4.21 and got 390 points. Holliday is still playing for the Denver Broncos.

Two of the most exciting and most impressive players in the 2013 Scouting Combine were two offensive linemen who really put on a show in the Forty. OT Lane Johnson of Oklahoma ran a 4.72 and OT Terron Armstead of Arkansas Pine Bluff ran a 4.71. Since their Forty Standard was a 5.2, each player received the Maximum 400-points.

Two of the fastest players at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine were Tavon Austin of West Virginia and Marquise Goodwin of Texas; both in the Big-12 Conference. Austin started the Sunday Forties off by running a hand-held 4.25 and then followed that one with a 4.31. After averaging the two times, I gave him a 4.28 clocking, giving him 320 points. Goodwin, who placed tenth in the London Olympics, finished with an official 4.27 clocking, giving him 330 points. I averaged all of the players top two times.

Before 2012, only two linebackers had ever recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING. In the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. MLB Martez Wilson (6-4, 250, 4.42) of Illinois and OLB Von Miller (6-2.5, 246, 4.46) of Texas A&M recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING as Wilson got a 2,030 MEARS RATING and Miller a 2,012 MEARS RATING.

Then, in the 2012 NFL Super Combine, Luke Kuechly of Boston College recorded a 38-Inch Vertical Jump; did a 4.12 in the Pro-Shuttle; did 123-Inch Standing Broad Jump; and did 27 reps of 225 on the Bench Press for an outstanding 2,009 MEARS RATING. This year, Jamie Collins of Southern Miss recorded some incredible Measurables, including a 41.5-Inch Vertical Jump and a World Record 139-Inch Standing Broad Jump and ended with a 2,015 MEARS RATING.

Vertical Jump – The Vertical Jump (VJ) is a test of leg explosiveness, power, and quickness. Technique is also very important in this test. This test is a good Measurable for Wide Receivers, Cornerbacks, and Safeties. The standard for an offensive lineman is a 24-Inch Vertical Jump. Each inch over the standard, a player gets 20 points. In 2012, Southern Cal DE Nick Perry did an incredible 38.5-Inch Vertical Jump and received 290 points. The Defensive Back Standard for the Vertical Jump is 28. Steve Williams did a 41-Inch Vertical Jump and received 260 points; while RB Christine Michaels of Texas A&M did a 43-Inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points for his Vertical Jump. Super Combine Freak DE Cornelius Washington did a 39-Inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points.

Pro-Agility ShuttleThe Pro-Agility Shuttle (SH) is a test of agility, speed, lateral quickness, change of direction, and overall body coordination. Technique is also very important is this test. An athlete should be able to do this test in about two tenths of a second faster than he can run a Forty-Yard DashLane Johnson ran an amazing 4.52 in the Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for an offensive lineman is a 5.1 and he received 400 points. Desmond Trufant of Washington ran an incredible 3.85 Pro-Shuttle and he also received 400-points. You know a cough or a sneeze will last as long as Trufant ran his Pro-Shuttle.

Standing Broad Jump – The Standing Broad Jump (SBJ) is a test that is similar to the Vertical Jump in that it measures how far you can jump instead of how high. It is also similar to the long jump in track, except the player will not get a running start, but rather jump from a standing position. It measures explosion, power, quickness, and lower body strength. It is a great measure for running backs, tight ends, and linebackers. Example: OLB Jamie Collins did his sensational 139-inch Standing Broad Jump. The Standard for a Linebacker is 96-inches and he got 5 points for every inch over 96-inches, so Collins received 215 SBJ points.

I have never seen a better NFL Scouting Combine with better Standing Broad Jumpers than in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Collins broke the World Record, but there were nine other Super Combine Freaks who recorded over 130-inches, including OLB Zavier Gooden of Missouri with a 131;  WR Josh Boyce of TCU with a 131; WR Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee Tech with a 132; WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas with a 132; SS Earl Wolff of NC State with a 134; SS Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse with a 133; SS TJ McDonald of USC with a 131; CB Xavier Rhodes of FSU with a 132; and CB Robert Alford of Southeast Louisiana with a 132.

Bench Press – The Bench Press (BP) is a test of pure strength and stamina. The test measures how many bench press reps a high school or college athlete can do of 185 pounds or 225-pounds. Technique is also very important. This test is a good measure for every player on the football field although Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Cornerbacks do not need to excel in this event. College and pro athletes use 225 pounds on the bench press instead of 185 pounds. The points do not change. Each Athlete gets 20 points for every rep over his standard, but a maximum of 200-points. Example: Margus Hunt of SMU did 38 reps of 225 pounds on the Bench Press and got the Maximum 200-points. OG Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina also did 35 Reps and received the Maximum 200 points. Another 2013 Super Combine Freak was SS Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse who did a 40.5-Inch Vertical Jump and 28 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press, giving him the Maximum 200 points on the Bench Press.

Technique – Technique is also very important in every single event, especially in the running events. The Pro-Agility Shuttle and Standing Broad Jump is all about Technique. Getting a bad start in the other running events can make the difference in a great timing or a poor timing. Although the SPARQ System became popular, it still had some flaws, because the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM was not originally based on a player’s position, but his weight. If the system is not based on the position of the player, then how are you going to decide who the best player is at each position? If the RATING SYSTEM is based on the player position, then you will know how a player relates to his position. “You really don’t need the three cone drill, because it’s not needed if you use the Short Shuttle,” said Coach Boyd Epley.

Quarterbacks and Kickers are always going to be hard to measure, because they either do not go to Super Combines or they do not do well at them,” said Coach Epley. So these two positions must be evaluated very carefully on film or in person and their rating is going to be estimated. Max, you will learn how to evaluate them and give them an honest rating.”

2013 Lane Johnson Draft Photo2013 Super Combine Freak Lane Johnson
Johnson Ran a 4.72 in the Forty and a 4.52 in the Shuttle
For Third Best Ever 2,106 MEARS RATING.

2013 Margus Hunt Super Combine SmallSuper Combine Freak Margus Hunt
2,079 MEARS RATING

Super Combine Freak Xavier Rhodes
Fourth Highest Ever 2,100 MEARS RATING

2012 NFL ELITE EIGHTEEN AT 2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

# POS PLAYER       COL     HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS            NFL TEAM
#1 QB Robert Griffin BAY 6-2 223 4.38 40 4.09 122 20 2,226 MEARS #1 Redskins
#2 DE Nick Perry    USC 6-3 271 4.64 38.5 4.66 124 35    2,160 MEARS #1 Packers
#3 LB Luke Kuechly BC 6-3 242 4.49 38 4.12 123 27       2,009 MEARS #1 Panthers
#4 QB Andrew Luck STAN 6-4 234 4.67 36 4.28 124      2,008 MEARS #1 Colts
#5 WR Greg Childs ARK 6-3 219 4.39 40.5 4.09 127 19  2,003 MEARS #4 Vikings
#5 CB Josh Robinson UCF 5-10 199 4.33 38.5 3.97 133 17 2,003 MEARS #3 Vikings
#6 DE Bruce Irvin WVA 6-3 245 4.50 33.5 4.03 123 23 1,995 MEARS #1 Seahawks
#7 LB Bob Wagner UST 6-0 241 4.46 39.5 4.28 132 24 1,992 MEARS #2 Seahawks
#8 DT Fletcher Cox MSU 6-4 298 4.70 26 4.53 108 28 1,991 MEARS #1 Eagles
#9 DE Quinton Coples UNC 6-6.5 284 4.67 32 4.78 109 25 1,988 MEARS #1 Jets
#10 DT Michael Brockers LSU 6-6 322 4.97 32 4.81 195 25 1,987 MEARS #1 Rams
#10 NG Mike Martin MICH 6-1 306 4.88 33.5 4.25 113 36 1,987 MEARS #1 Titans
#12 DT Kendall Reyes CN 6-4 299 4.89 34.5 4.53 113 36 1,983 MEARS #2 Chargers
#13 TE Coby Fleener STAN 6-6 249 4.48 37 4.30 116 27 1,978 MEARS #2 Colts
#14 OT Matt Kalil USC 6-7 306 4.94 28 4.65 105 30         1,967 MEARS #1 Vikings
#15 CB Stephon Gilmore SCAR 6-1 193 4.32 37 3.94 123 16 1,961 MEARS #1 Bills
#16 LB Mychal Kendricks UC 6-0 240 4.47 39.5 4.14 127 24 1,955 MEARS #2 Eagles
#17 DE Mel Ingram SCAR 6-2 264 4.66 34.5 4.16 116 28 1,953 MEARS #1 Chargers
#18 RB David Wilson VAT 5-10 206 4.40 41 4.12 132      1,952 MEARS #1 Giants

2011 Heisman Trophy Winner and Davey O’Brien Award Winner
2,226 MEARS RATING World Record Holder Robert Griffin

Then, in 2011, eight players recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING, including QB Cam Newton (2,070) of Auburn; QB Jake Locker (2,057) of Washington; CB Patrick Peterson (2,048) of LSU; LB Martez Wilson (2,030) of Illinois; LB Von Miller (2,012) of Texas A&M; DT Cameron Jordan (2,009) of California; DE J.J. Watt (2,005) of Wisconsin; and WR Jon Baldwin (2,001) of Pittsburgh.

In conclusion, we indeed found that the players are really getting bigger, stronger, and faster. In 2010, we had four College players reach the 2,000 MEARS plateau as OT Trent Williams (2,025) of Oklahoma; FS Taylor Mays (2,005) of USC; DT Lamarr Houston (2,000) of Texas; and RB Ben Tate (2,000) of Auburn made that level.

And finally, as you can see in this analysis, there were six players in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and then we had eleven players in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine who made the Elite 2,000 MEARS RATINGS.

With this Philosophy: The MEARS RATING SYSTEM Color Code is as Follows

Gold-Chips Are 2,000 and Above.
Blue-Chips Are 1,900 and Above.
Red-Chips Are 1,800 and Above.
Green-Chips Are 1,700 and Above.

Also remember! If a player does not have positives at most all of his Measurables, he might not even reach a 1,200 MEARS RATING.

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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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