Lestini Group Free Agent Combine Final Update! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

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By Super Scout Max Emfinger
February 10, 2014

I was very Honored and Privileged on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the Annual College Football All-American Senior Bowl to have been invited to be a Guest Super Scout at the 13th Annual Lestini Group Free Agent Super Combine in Mobile, Alabama.  Camp Director John L. Lestini Jr and his wife Mary Jo Lestini who is the Camp Coordinator  have been putting-on this Free Agent Super Combine for 13 years and it gives Former College and Pro Players an excellent chance to show what they can do and get into the NFL, Canadian Football League, World League, Europe Football League, Arena Football League, and now the New Professional Football Showcase League which will start playing in 1015. Coach Jeff Bailey of The University of South Alabama was Field Coordinator.

At the Player Seminar on Saturday night, I was able to meet a lot of players that I had previously written stories about and had Rated and Ranked them on the National Recruiting Scene. I was also able to meet most of the Coaches and Scouts that have helped John and Mary Jo to make this the great success that it has been for all of these 13 years. I would still have to say that the most exciting part for me as a Scout was to see all of these great athletes in action and “Showing Their Stuff” on Sunday in front of all of the Coaches and Scouts from various Pro Teams and Pro Leagues. There were Five Canadian Pro Teams at the Super Combine and Super Workout on Sunday.

The 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 and College 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 or College 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.

In 2007, I hosted a Super Combine in Honolulu, Hawaii and one of my Super Sports Trainers was Coach David Cosier and he was a Phenomenon at coaching the Vertical Jump. The Vertical Jump is a great indicator of how fast is a player’s Twitch Muscles and the Vertical Jump is an indicator on how fast a player can Really Run. The biggest problem is that most High School Football Players do not know exactly how to do a Vertical Jump on a Vertex Machine. After having great success in the Vertical Jump in our morning session, I went over to where Coach Cosier was working with the players and I found out that Coach Cosier was actually doing some unbelievable personal instruction with each player.

In that Super Combine, we had 126 players participating and 28 players improved on their best Vertical Jump by six or more inches. When you think about that, it’s pretty astonishing. We also had six players who did a 39-inch Vertical Jump or better, including two who did a 42-inch Vertical Jump. You can check any Super Combine in the country in any given month or year and you might not fine one player with a 42-inch Vertical Jump and we had two in Hawaii. Then in 2009, I did another Super Combine in Zachary, Louisiana and we had another Phenomenon Sports Trainer. In this Super Combine, Sports Trainer Kelvin Kelly of Zachary worked with the Standing Broad Jump and we had five players who did a 130-inch Standing Broad Jump or better, including LSU Signee Ahmand Williams who held the World Record 139-Inch Standing Broad Jump, until it was tied this year at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine when Jamie Collins of Southern Miss did his sensational 139-inch Standing Broad Jump.

Until that 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, I had never seen more than two or three players in a Super Combine with a 130 or better Standing Broad Jump, but this year there were 10 players with a 130 or better Standing Broad Jump, including the 139-Standing Broad Jump by Collins.

Before we started the Super Combine on Sunday, Wisconsin “House of Speed” Super Trainer, Wes Courier Jr, led all of the Athletes in an Unbelievable Spectacular Warm-Up Workout for all of the Athletes. This Warm-Up Workout was not like any other Workout that I had ever seen and I was Extremely Impressed.

Quarterbacks (7)

There were Seven Quarterbacks at the Lestini Group Free Agent Super Combine and there were some really great Quarterbacks in this Group. Quarterback Coach John Gregory, who is a Former Head Coach of Two Canadian Grey Cup  Championships was the Quarterback Coach and Director of Scouting. Coach Gregory was also very impressed with the Talent of his Quarterbacks. #59 Lee Chapple, #57 Ross Metheny, and #2 Bobby Adamson might have been the most impressive Quarterbacks as they continued to make every throw with precise accuracy, but #10 Chris Mitchell and #55 Rashard Burkette were also impressive.

Chapple played for the IFL Nebraska Danger and AFL Jacksonville Sharks in 2013 and he looks like he is ready to continue playing for someone in some Professional Football League. The Left-Handed Metheny played for The University of South Alabama. His 3.97 Pro-Shuttle was incredible for a Quarterback. Both Chapple and Metheny were unbelievable in the One-on-One Competition at the end of the Super Combine on Sunday.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Lee Chapple N Alabama 6-1 217   5.03 34    4.28   111   –        1,944 MEARS
#2 Ross Metheny S Alabama 6-3 210 4.65 34    3.97   120   –       1,940 MEARS
#3 Bobby Adamson Kearney 6-4  210 4.75 32    4.31   115   –       1,935 MEARS
#4 Chris Mitchell Ala State  6-3  205  4.92 32    4.16   114   –       1,900 MEARS
#5 Rashard Burkette Ala St 6-2   212  4.69 34    4.47   121    –      1,899 MEARS
#6 Karl-David Birkefeld Bacone 6-3 210 4.9 32 4.53   96     –      1,650 MEARS
#7 Josh Hollingsworth Faulkner 6-0 215 5.1 30 4.5    110   –      1,620 MEARS

Wide Receivers (10)

There were more dominating Wide Receivers than at any other position and since the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers took-up more Space on the Field than any of the other positions, it was not hard to focus on those two positions, as they took up half of the Field in the Position Drills and One-on-One Competition. Also, instead of being an Official Timer at one of the Measurables, such as the Forty or Pro-Shuttle, I told Coach and Director of Scouting John Gregory that I would prefer to Roam Around so that I could Evaluate more players.

As I have said before, there were a lot of really great Wide Receivers, but as a pattern started to develop, Tristan Purifoy, continued to make Sensational catch after Sensational catch and it happened all day on Sunday.  There were many electrifying catches, but there was only one “One-Handed-Catch” and Yes. #29 Purifoy (6-0, 200, 4.5) made it. Coach Lance Heron, who is Founder and Commissioner of the New Professional Football Showcase League was the Wide Receiver Coach and he also was very impressed with the overall talent of the Wide Receivers and he agreed that Purifoy was an exceptional talent.

Purifoy (6-0, 200, 4.5) also put-up some great Measurables with a 4.5 Forty on a Slow Surface; did an “Eye-Popping” 3.94 Pro-Shuttle; and a great 124 Standing Broad Jump. We did not do a Vertical Jump, but I gave him a 38-Inch Vertical Jump which gave him an Outstanding, Best in the Combine, 1,980 MEARS RATING.

#58 Mequel Phillips (5-9, 197, 4.54) of Shenandoah University; #13 Perry Floyd, Jr (5-6, 167, 4.5) of Wingate University; #32 Riley Hawkins (5-10, 190, 4.53) of Samford University; and #19 Greg Betterson (6-0, 200, 4.65) of Delta State were Four more Outstanding Wide Receivers who put-up some other Great Measurables to go with Speedy Forties on a Slow ProTurf Surface with Excellent Weather Conditions.

Purifoy recorded the Fastest Pro-Shuttle of the Day with a Freaky 3.94 Timing; but Floyd recorded an Equally Freaky 3.97 Timing. #26 Jusmon Rivers (5-10, 180, 4.71) of University of North Alabama recorded an outstanding 4.0 Pro-Shuttle which does Equate to his 4.71 Forty. Both Hawkins and Betterson recorded a great 4.22-Pro-Shuttle.

One thing that I can not over stress was that although not all of these Wide Receivers had all great Measurables, they all made sensational catches and so with some Personal Training, some of them could improve their MEARS RATINGS,  and thus improve their Value to a Professional Football Team.

When I was with the Cowboys, we always wanted to be as Accurate as possible on all of our Measurables, but we also wanted to know exactly how fast a player could run on Grass when we played The Washington Redskins on their Grass Football Field. If a Forty was run on a Fast Hard Astroturf Surface, or on a Cement Parking Lot or a Hard Wooden Gym Floor, we wanted to know that, because we might want to adjust their Forty Time accordingly to the Type of Surface.

The Opposite Effect would be if the Player ran his Forty on a very soft Grass Surface, because we might want to adjust his Forty up to what we thought that he could run on a Faster Surface. Since the ProTurf at the South Alabama Practice Field was extremely slow, I adjusted all of these players to a One-Tenth Faster Forty than they actually ran. Listed with their Forty were their actual Forty, but I gave everyone, except #4 Brandon Johnson and #62 Thomas Logan, the Actual 100 Extra Points for running a One-Tenth Faster Forty.

This seemed to work out much better for all of these great players, because they were amazingly able to run extremely fast Pro-Shuttles which is also a great indication of their Great Quickness and Great Agility and in their overall correct Speed. I got to know #5 Trayon Nash during the workout and I also have traded a couple of Emails with him since the CombineNash actually worked out at both Wide Receiver and Defensive Back and I have Rated him at both positions. After some research, I found out that he ran a 4.32 Forty at Culver Stockton.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Tristan Purifoy N Alabama 6-0 200 4.5 38 3.94 124    –      1,980 MEARS Sharks #2 Mequel Phillips Shenandoah 5-9 197 4.54 38 4.13 121 –     1,899 MEARS
#3 Perry Floyd Jr Wingate 5-6 167   4.5    38     3.97 118     –      1,880 MEARS
#4 Riley Hawkins Samford 5-10 190 4.53 36     4.22 117     –      1,845 MEARS
#5 Jusmon Rivers N Alabama 5-10 180 4.61 36 4.0   106   –      1,840 MEARS
#6 Greg Betterson Delta State 6-0 200 4.65 38 4.22 122    –      1,820 MEARS
#7 Trayon Nash Graceland      5-10 190 4.55 36 4.44 112   18    1,820 MEARS
#8 Decona Roberts Jr NC Central 6-0 208 4.81 34 4.12 111 –     1,651 MEARS
#9 Antwontis Cutts Ft Valley St 6-2 170    4.8   34 4.19 118 –     1,640 MEARS
#10 Alan Anderson High School 5-6 188   4.7   32 4.35 110 –     1,496 MEARS

Tight Ends (5)

We only had a few Tight Ends in the Super Combine. There were actually only two pure Tight Ends, but two Linebackers and one Running Back could become outstanding Tight Ends in Professional Football. #8 David Wilson (6-4, 240, 4.78) of Howard University made some great caches and has all of the tools to become a great Professional Tight End.

#1 Karl Jones (6-2, 208, 4.62) of Jacksonville State was the best Running Back at the Super Combine, but he also could become an outstanding Tight End. Jones had a “Mind-Boggling” 3.96 Pro-Shuttle and I gave him an 1,846 MEARS RATING as a Running Back and an 1,890 MEARS RATING as a Tight End.

#62 Thomas Logan (6-3, 259, 4.59) of Sillman College and #65 Aaron Webb (6-0, 235, 4.86) of Georgia Southern worked at Linebacker and Tight End and they both made some outstanding catches at Tight End. Logan ran a Sensational 4.06 Pro-Shuttle while weighing 259-pounds and Recorded a Sensational 1,958 MEARS RATING. #96 Timothy Miller was one of the best-looking Physical Specimens at the Super Combine, but he did not run well.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Thomas Logan Sillman  6-3 259   4.59 36    4.06   110   24   1,958 MEARS
#2 Karl Jones Jacksonville St 6-2 208 4.62 38 3.96   118   –      1,890 MEARS
#3 David Wilson Howard     6-4 240 4.78    36    4.28   112   –     1,850 MEARS
#3 Aaron Webb GA Southern 6-0 235 4.86 36   4.25   120   –     1,850 MEARS
#5 Timothy Miller MS Maddogs 6-3 265 5.59 28 4.78 101   –     1,760 MEARS

Running Backs (4)

#1 Karl Jones (6-2, 208, 4.62) of Troy and Jacksonville State was, by far, the most impressive Running Back. His 3.96 Pro-Shuttle was one of the most impressive Measurables of the Day. #21 Brandon Minor (6-0, 215, 4.82) of Michigan; #12 Darrin Christy (5-11, 210, 4.89) of Howard; and #60 Cedric Herndon (6-2, 209, 4.84) of The Georgia Bandits all ran in the 4.8’s on their Forty and could be more effective if they improved their Speed.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Karl Jones Jacksonville St 6-2 208 4.62 38  3.96   118   –     1,846 MEARS
#2 Brandon Minor Michigan 6-0 215 4.82 36    4.22   115   –     1,825 MEARS
#3 Darrin Christy Howard      5-11 210 4.89 32   4.41   108  –     1,660 MEARS
#4 Cedric Herndon GA Bandits 6-2 249 4.84 32 4.53  107  –     1,643 MEARS

Defensive Backs (16)

The Defensive Backs, as a whole, were not as Outstanding as the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers, but there were some really great ones. As I have already mentioned, the ProTurf Field Service was a Slow, Soft Grass and All of the Forties were considered to be extremely slow, but the players were Shockingly, Extremely Impressive in the Pro-Shuttle Timings.

At the End of the Day, when we had the One-on-One Competition with the Wide Receivers going against the Defensive Backs, there were at least Six Defensive Backs that really stood-out, including #4 Brandon Johnson of North Texas; #20 Xavier Brewer of Clemson, #31 Clint Coleman of Southeastern Louisiana; #3 Travis Norton of Louisville, #24 Efe Osawemwenze of Southern; and #22 Lewis Johnson of Albany State.

Coach Dick Adams, worked with the Defensive Backs and he got together with Coach Lance Heron in “Pitting” a Wide Receiver against a Defensive Back in the One-on-One Competition. The First Three One-on-One’s were #29 WR Purifoy vs #24 CB Osawemwenze; #26 WR Rivers vs #4 CB Johnson; and #14 Perry vs #20 Brewer.

Brandon Johnson#4 Johnson was an unbelievable Physical Specimen at the Combine and he looks like he could play both Strong Safety of Linebacker in the NFL. Johnson and his Dad came up to me after the Combine and he told me that he was from Dallas and I asked him where in Dallas and he said Desoto, like I didn’t know where Desoto was. We all laughed when I told them that I was from Brownwood and that I pass by Desoto on the Freeway on my way to Dallas. In an earlier Combine, Brandon Johnson recorded a 42-Inch Vertical Jump and a 122-Standing Broad Jump, to go with 24 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press.

#20 Brewer ran an incredible 3.97 Pro-Shuttle and is a tremendous Playmaker who made an impressive 39 Solo Tackles as a Senior for Clemson. Brewer has recently joined Purifoy in Signing with the Arena Football League Jacksonville Sharks. Brewer looked comfortable playing either Free Safety or Cover Cornerback.

One interesting Free Safety was #22 Lewis Johnson, who was very impressive in the One-on-One Competition. With all of the Great Wide Receivers catching everything anywhere in the area, there were very few Interceptions, and Pass Breakups, but #22 made an Incredible Three Picks and at least Three Great Bat-Downs. I took particular notice in watching #22, because that was my Jersey Number in College. #22 Lewis Johnson did not Test Really Well, but he was one of the best One-on-One Playmakers, in the Camp, along with #4 Brandon Johnson; #20 Xavier Brewer; #31 Clint Coleman; #3 Travis Norton; and #24 Efe Osawemwenze.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 SS Brandon Johnson UNT 6-1 220 4.5 42    4.28   122   24   1,950 MEARS
#2 FS Xavier Brewer Clemson 5-11 195  4.54 38 3.97  117  –      1,915 MEARS Sharks #3 FS Clint Coleman Southeastern 6-1 215 4.52 36 4.12 120 –1,890 MEARS
#4 SS Travis Norton Louisville 6-2 211  4.63 46 4.25 117   –      1,867 MEARS
#5 SS Efe Osawemwenze Southern 6-0 195 4.48 36 4.22 117 – 1,865 MEARS
#5 FS Lewis Johnson Albany State 5-10 185 4.8 36 4.4 109   – 1,865 MEARS
#7 CB Carven Proctor St Xavier 6-0 185 4.55 36 4.13 118    –     1,850 MEARS
#8 FS Ronald Bracy Mobile Sharks 5-10 183 4.55 36 4.2 116 – 1,825 MEARS
#8 SS Jehrone Bunch Mount Ida 6-2    205    4.6 36 4.22 115 – 1,825 MEARS
#8 CB Trayon Nash Graceland 5-10 190 4.55 36 4.44 112   18   1,825 MEARS
#11 SS Dwayne Miller Chicago Cards 6-1 215 4.72 36 4.19 116 1,790 MEARS
#12 CB Colin Nelson Maryland 5-10    185 4.56 36     4.12 109 – 1,765 MEARS
#13 CB Keith Richburg Miles College 6-1 175 4.68 36 4.0 112 – 1,750 MEARS
#14 SS David Hawkins So Alabama 5-8 210 4.78 36 4.04 109 –  1,735 MEARS
#15 CB Ashton Hardy Pine Bluff        5-9 180 4.55 36 4.41 117  – 1,705 MEARS
#16 SS Jesse Robertson WV Wesleyan 5-8 215 4.8 36 4.4 106 – 1,630 MEARS

Linebackers (8)

#62 Thomas Logan and #4 Brandon Johnson were again the Super Freaks of the Linebackers, but I also really liked #56 Jonathan Hatton Jr of West Texas A&M; #27 Keron Phelps of Gardner-Webb; and #65 Aaron Webb of Georgia Southern.

And again, I did not give Super-Stars Logan or Johnson the Added Bonus Points in the Forty and they still had an Exceptional MEARS RATING. Hatton had some Outstanding Measurables with a 4.16 Pro-Shuttle and 120-Inch Standing Broad Jump; while Phelps also had a Sensational 3.97 Pro-Shuttle and a Great 115-Inch Standing Broad Jump. Webb also had a Great 120-Inch Standing Broad Jump.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 MLB Thomas Logan Sillman  6-3 259 4.59 36 4.06 110 24  1,938 MEARS
#2 OLB Brandon Johnson UNT 6-1 220 4.5 42  4.28   122  24   1,930 MEARS
#3 MLB Jon Hatton West TX A&M    6-1 250 4.75 36 4.16 120 1,910 MEARS
#4 OLB Keron Phelps Gardner-Webb 6-1 215 4.6 36 3.97 115 1,865 MEARS
#5 MLB Aaron Webb GA Southern 6-0 235 4.86 36 4.25 120   1,800 MEARS
#6 MLB Andrew Huhman Mo Valley 6-1 237 4.79 33 4.25 111  1,710 MEARS
#7 MLB Sydney Odum Wilfrid Laurier 6-2 220 4.8 33 4.5 112 1,650 MEARS
#8 MLB Hunter Cummins B Spngs 6-0 240 4.9 33 4.4 106  –     1,690 MEARS

Linemen (5)

Aaron Davis, SMUThere were not a lot of Linemen that participated in the Super Combine, but there were some really great-looking Physical Specimens. #91 Aaron Davis (6-3, 305, 4.83) of SMU (In Photo) was as impressive-looking  as any player at the Combine and he ran a 4.83 Forty to go with his 4.44 Pro-Shuttle. Davis played for the Mustangs in 2013 and went to the Washington Redskins Mini-Camp in 2013. Davis has run a 4.7 Forty and recorded a 34 Vertical Jump and on Sunday, Davis recorded an Incredible 1,975 MEARS RATING. Coach Ron Estay, Formerly the Defensive Line Coach of The Saskatchewan Roughriders, was the Defensive Line Coach in the Super Combine and he was equally impressed with Davis, as I was.

In talking to Offensive Line Coach Dave Hochtritt, Former Regional Scout of the Edmonton Eskimos, at the end of the Camp, he told me that #92 Zach Kusnir (6-5 290, 5.04) of Southern Cal was an Outstanding Center and Long Snapper. I actually had Rated and Ranked Kusnir when he came out of High School and we talked at the Player Seminar on Saturday night. I also got to know #94 Chris Billingslea (6-5, 270, 4.97) of The Citadel on Saturday Night and on Sunday, he ran an outstanding 4.97 Forty and a very impressive 4.25 Pro-Shuttle. Kusnir recorded an outstanding 1,950 MEARS RATING and Billingslea recorded a great 1,925 MEARS RATING.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 DE Thomas Logan Sillman  6-3 259 4.59 36 4.06 110 24  1,978 MEARS
#2 DT Aaron Davis SMU        6-3 305 4.83  34      4.44 117  34  1,975 MEARS
#3 OC Zach Kusnir Southern Cal 6-5 290 5.04 32 4.53 104   1,950 MEARS
#4 DT Chris Billingslea Citadel 6-5 270 4.97 32     4.25 109   1,925 MEARS
#5 OC William Lawrence Boise 6-2 297 5.28 28      4.75 98     1,780 MEARS

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


# 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

Professional Football Showcase Co-Founder Lance Heron spoke recently to a Football Sports Community about his new Professional Football League, located in California and Nevada. They have designed a Football League where all teams are owned by the league owners and investors. The Professional Football Showcase League Promises a mission to provide players with a platform to showcase their talents, while pursuing the idea that the players always come first. The Professional Football Showcase is designed to take the Players and Coaches best interests into account, making it the league’s primary focus.

PhotoLance Heron is the Co-Founder and is an ex-military Policeman, Customs Inspector and Customs Investigator. He was headed to work one day and was crushed by a commuter train door. Coach Heron was retired by the government as a result of commuter injuries and developed an intense pain condition. He could no longer sit around, so he began coaching high school football again. Coach Heron moved up to coach at an NCAA Division II school and in Germany. Next, he was the General Manager and Head Coach for a professional team in New Mexico. While working for them he mentioned how the owner was taking advantage of the players by not paying bills and breaking promises. Coach Heron hails from Vancouver Island, Canada. In many ways, he is far removed from the inner city life of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the surrounding regions. Yet, he believes in what he is doing because of his unshakeable Faith In The Lord. Coach Heron wants a football loving community who puts God first involved at all levels, from the water boy to the offensive coordinator. There will be no beer or alcohol served at games. Sportsmanship and fair play are critical components to the PFS Code Of Conduct.

The PFS mission is to provide players with a platform to showcase their talents, while pursuing the idea that the players always come first.

The PFS will target talented players who have been overlooked, are late bloomers or did not have the financial ability to pay for college. Coach Heron shared how the cost of driving from east L.A. to Las Vegas prohibits some athletes from trying out. Hotel room costs plus food on top of that can extinguish a budding football players careers after high school ends because they cannot afford to play on. Coach Heron says there are try-out camps that have charged $65 only to skip town with cash from 3,000 to 6,000 registered players. Coach Heron has been asked how they plan on making sure that players and coaches are actual Christians or have some type of official status of a religious faith. and Coach Heron said, “There will be a screening process that involves player evaluations and follow up phone calls.”

The PFS promises to promote its players to Higher Paying Professional Football Leagues, and allow those players who get invites to try out for those Leagues, the opportunity to be released from their contracts. The sports business was designed to give football players a chance to earn professional game film and allow them a chance to be seen by Area Scouts, in a Professional Football Environment.

With the New Professional Football Showcase on the Horizon, and a lot of these great Football Players in the 2014 Lestini Group Super Combine getting a chance to meet Coach Heron as the Wide Receivers Coach, I would bet that at least 20 players from this 2014 Lestini Group Free Agents Combine, will be on Some of the Rosters of our Professional Football Showcase League in 2015, when the PFS League Plays Their First Game.


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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