ALL-PRO LEFT TACKLE TRENT WILLIAMS
RECORDED INCREDIBLE 2,235 MEARS RATING
NEW PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMING AND STORIES NEVER BEEN TOLD!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
When I first talked to Coach Lance Heron about the New Pro Football Showcase League, I was excited, because the New League is formed to help the same Super Football Players that I always look for to participate in my All-American Bowl Game Classics. I was so impressed with Coach Heron, I invited him to Coach the West Team Wide Receivers in my 2014 All-American Bowl Game and he accepted.
Coach Heron also told me about another Super Coach named John Gregory who had already won two Canadian World Cup Championships and who would be one of the New Head Coaches in the New Pro Football League. Coach Heron also said that Coach Gregory might also be available to Coach in my 2014 All-American Bowl Game Classic and so I called him; invited him, and he also accepted.
Then Coach Heron (In Photo) invited me to be a Special Guest Super Scout in the John Lestini Group Super Combine that was going to be held in conjunction with the start of the 2014 Senior Bowl Game in Mobile, Alabama. We are also doing it again for the Lestini Group Super Combine to be held on January 17-18, 2015, just before the 2015 NFL Draft and the start of the 2015 Professional Football Showcase Season Opener in May. Every Serious Free Agent needs to put this date on their Calender.
Coach Heron Coached the West Team Wide Receivers and Coach Gregory Coached the West Team Quarterbacks in my 2014 All-American Bowl Game Classic and then two weeks later Coach Gregory Coached the Quarterbacks and Coach Heron Coached the Wide Receivers in the John Lestini Group Super Combine; while I Evaluated all of the players in the Super Camp and Combine.
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I mention this for one reason. Coach Heron and Coach Gregory Coached a lot of great players in those two Weeks and we talked a lot about the Talent in both groups. Together, we made some Startling Evaluations that are pretty amazing. The three of us came to the same conclusions that there were two High School Quarterbacks and two High School Wide Receivers that were as good or better than all of the Free Agents at the Super Combine. This further proves our point that there are always Great Football Players that are being overlooked and Flying Under the Radar. This reminds me of two Stories (S-NBT) about two Texas Quarterbacks that have Never Been Told.
In 1996, there was a Quarterback at Austin Westlake that injured his knee and consequently missed most of his Junior Football Season. Then when the “So-Called” Recruiting List came out in 1997, his name was not on it and in the Spring, all of the Big 12 Conference Football Teams recruited other Quarterbacks and got them Verbally Committed before the start of the 1997 Football Season. This Westlake Quarterback worked really hard on his Injured Knee all Summer and was able to start the First Game of the Season.
After leading his Westlake Team to a 14-0 Record, Drew Brees (In Photo) was well and was getting ready to play a pretty good 13-1 Aldine Team in the 5A-II Semi-Finals in the Astrodome and I was very excited about going to the Game. Needless to say, that after their 42-21 Victory over Aldine, I thought this Westlake Quarterback named Drew Brees was pretty impressive. Then, after Westlake beat Abilene Cooper 55-15 in that same Astrodome for the Texas 5A-II State Championship, I thought he was Sensational.
Although he passed for 3,528-Yards, 31 Touchdowns, and had an Incredible 64% Passing Completion Record; I found out that Drew Brees did not have a Single Scholarship Offer. In my 1996 Texas and National Newsletters, I had him rated as the #1 Quarterback in the State of Texas. At that time, Coach Jim Chaney, a Personal Coaching Friend, was the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Purdue and so I gave him a call about this Westlake Quarterback.
Also, Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller was always noted for Recruiting Players with great potential, and were not always the Top Rated Players. So when Purdue had Drew Brees in for his First and Only Official Visit, on the last weekend in January, both Coach Tiller and Coach Chaney really liked him and immediately offered him a Scholarship. Four Years later, Brees was in New York City for the Heisman Trophy Award. And, of course, The Rest is History.
Although the Drew Brees Story is still Amazing, and I still feel Very Honored to have seen him play in his last two High School Football Games; the very next year, in 1997, there was another Quarterback from New Braunfels, Texas with another Amazing Story that has Never Been Told (S-NBT)!
Kliff Kingsbury was not only a great Quarterback Prospect; but he was coached by his Dad, Head Coach Tim Kingsbury. Also he was 6-3 and he had a Strong and Accurate Arm and as a Senior, he accomplished something that even today is an Astonishing Feat. First of all, Kingsbury led his New Braunfels Team to a 13-2 Record, losing in the 5A Semi-Finals. His Astonishing Feat occurred when he led his Team to Six Victories after they were behind at the Start of the Fourth Quarter.
This Feat in itself should have gotten him numerous Scholarship Offers; but although he passed for 3,009-Yards and 34 Touchdowns as a Senior, Kingsbury was in the same situation as Brees; and all of the Big 12 Conference Teams had already gotten Verbal Commitments from Quarterbacks.
Another one of my Personal Coaching Friends was Head Coach Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State and so I called him and helped set-up an Official Visit to visit the Mississippi State Campus. Kingsbury did visit The Bulldogs, but they already had a Quarterback Verbal Commitment and did not Offer Him a Scholarship.
Then, another Great Head Coaching Friend, Spike Dykes, invited Kingsbury to visit Texas Tech on either the last or Next to Last Weekend in January and they Offered him a Scholarship. Coach Kingsbury (In Photo) Coached Johnny Manziel when he won the Heisman Trophy in 2012. He is the New Head Coach at Texas Tech and he still holds many of the Texas Tech Passing Records.
Although these two Stories have Never Been Told, they are great Stories to Illustrate how Recruiting is so Inaccurate, but mostly Political. Absolutely Fabulous Players get overlooked every year. One main reason is because if a Player does not get on the Recruiting List in the Spring after his Junior Season, just like Brees and Kingsbury, he might not ever get on the list and he simply will not get recruited. The Reason is the Perception that he is not a Great Player.
I will also add that at the 2014 All-American Bowl Game Classic, there was a Tight End and a Linebacker on the West Team and a Quarterback, Tight End, and two All-Purpose Players on the East Team that were better than all of the players at their position at the Lestini Free Agent Camp. The startling fact is that most of those players did not have Scholarship Offers before our First Practice.
Another Most Incredible Story (S-NBT) happened in the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic. We had 101 All-American Players who played in the Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Just before that 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, Coach John Shuman of Fork Union Military Prep School called me one day in December and said that he had a great Cover Cornerback by the name of Kareem Jackson. He went on to tell me that he was a great player from Georgia, that was Over-Looked coming out of High School and he was again being Over-Looked at Fork Union and he could never get him on any of the Recruiting Lists. Coach Shuman asked me if I would take a Prep School Player and I told him that I would be happy to take him. After watching Highlight Game Film on Jackson at Fork Union, I could not understand how he could get Over-Looked, but since No School had placed him at Fork Union; there were no Schools following him.
So, In the 2007 Third Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday Practice, without a single Scholarship Offer. He was impressive all week and he was the “Buzz” at all of the practices. Then after he grabbed two Interceptions on Saturday in the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, he was offered a Football Scholarship by the University of Alabama.
Jackson, formerly from Macon Westside, Georgia and Fork Union Military Prep, then started at Cornerback for Alabama in two SEC Championship Games and was on the 2010 BCS National Championship Team. Jackson came out one year early after the 2010 BCS National Championship Game and became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
Now, the most interesting part of this incredible recruiting story about Kareem Jackson is what really happened before and after the All-American Bowl Game Classic. Before all of the players got to the Hotel in Shreveport, I had paired everyone-up with their logical roommates. There was another great Cornerback on the East Team named Chris Lett from Pensacola, Florida. Lett was already a Verbal Commitment to Alabama and I decided to pair them-up as roommates.
Being roommates for a whole week, Jackson and Lett became really great friends and after the game, The Crimson Tide invited the roommates to come to Tuscaloosa for an Official Visit on the weekend after the game and they met in Tuscaloosa.
The intriguing thing about this Official Visit for Alabama was that Lett was already Verbally Committed and Jackson was already a High School Graduate; who already had a passing Test Score; and was not obligated to go back to Fork Union Prep to graduate. The great opportunity was that Kareem Jackson, in his #3 Alabama Jersey, could sign with them immediately and enroll immediately and that is exactly what he did.
Jackson became the Starting Cornerback in the Fall after being a backup in the Spring. Jackson then was the Starting Cornerback for The Crimson Tide in two SEC Championship Games and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. This Unbelievable Kareem Jackson Story is one of the most Amazing Stories of the All-American Bowl Game Classic, but the Alfred Morris Story is just as incredible.
Another Story (S-NBT) Never Been Told is the Alfred Morris Story. In December of 2006, I drove to Pensacola, Florida to do a Recruiting TV Show with Coach Mike Bennett, who has Coached in Eight All-American Bowl Game Classics, including Four Games as Head Coach. The Big Question on the TV Show was where was Alfred Morris going to go to College. Morris played Linebacker for his Pine Forest Team as a Junior in 2005, but just before his Senior Season in 2006, he became the Starting Running Back.
As a Senior, in 2006, after rushing for a modest 391-Yards and Six Touchdowns as a Junior, Morris began his Senior Season without any FanFare. Then, when he started averaging 250-Yards Rushing Per Game, he became the Surprise Rushing Terror of the South, but again, since he did not have Great Stats as a Junior, Morris, like Brees, Kingsbury, and Jackson, he was never able to make any Recruiting Lists. So after the TV Show, I called the Pine Forest Head Coach and invited Alfred Morris to play in my 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic and he accepted.
So Morris came to our First Practice without a single Scholarship Offer. In the Practices, Morris was so outstanding on both sides of the football, that both the Offensive and Defensive Coaches wanted him on their side of the ball and so we decided to let Morris play on both sides of the Football. In the game on Friday, Morris returned a fumble for a Touchdown, ran for a Touchdown, and returned the Second Half Kickoff 95-yards for a Touchdown. Morris (In Photo) is still the only player in Ten Games to Score on both Offense and Defense. He was Voted Unanimous AABG Game MVP and on National Signing Date, Morris Signed with Florida Atlantic University.
Morris #46 was a Four-Year Freak for Florida Atlantic University and then he was Drafted in the Sixth Round and #173 Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins along with RGIII who was the Redskins #1 Pick. Both Morris and RGIII were Starters in the Backfield for the Redskins as 2012 Rookies. Not many NFL people thought that Morris would rush for 1,613-Yards and score 13 Touchdowns in his Rookie Season, especially with Super-Star RGIII in the same backfield. Incidentally, RGII still holds the World Record MEARS RATING with an incredible 2,336 MEARS RATING. RGIII did a 40-Inch Vertical Jump and ran a 4.32 in the Forty.
Florida Atlantic Offered after the game and he Signed with them. Morris Red-Shirted as a Freshman, but then as a Sophomore in 2009, Morris Rushed for 1,392-Yards and Scored 11 Touchdowns.
In the 2012 NFL Draft, Morris #46 was Drafted #6 by the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III was Drafted #1 and they joined another Personal Friend, Left OT Trent Williams, who played in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Then in 2012, with Williams Blocking and Griffin Running and Throwing, Morris set a Redskins Single-Season Rushing Record with 1,613-Yards and 13 Touchdowns in helping lead the Redskins to the 2012 NFC East Division Championship. Morris was Selected to the Second-Team All-Pro Team; while Williams was Selected to the First Team.
Since we have already mentioned Trent Williams, I might as well tell you the Whole Story which is another Story (S-NBT). Williams played in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic, and played his high school football at Longview, Texas. Williams had around 30 Scholarship Offers when he got to our first practice in 2006. He played Left Tackle in our game and Teamed with Lamarr Houston on a lot of Double-Team Assignments to clear paths for Charles Scott and Longview Teammate Vondrell McGee.
Trent Williams #71 (At The Top) was an unbelievable Left Tackle at Longview. I watched him play in two Highlight Game Films and he was completely dominating. I wanted him in my All-American Bowl Game Classic, but he had so many scholarship offers, I didn’t think I could get him, but then the US Army All-American Game overlooked him and I was able to get him with his Longview Super-Star Running Back Teammate Vondrell McGee.
Williams signed with The University of Oklahoma and then started at Right Offensive Tackle in his last six games as a True Freshman in 2006. After making Freshman All-American, Williams started his Sophomore and Junior seasons at Right Offensive Tackle before moving to Left Offensive Tackle as a Senior in 2009. After running a 4.79 Forty while weighing 320-Pounds; he also ran an amazing 4.51 in the Pro-Shuttle. Williams (6-5, 320, 4.79, 36, 4.51, 113, 24) with Incredible Measurables, Recorded an Amazing 2,235 MEARS RATING and was Rated as the #1 Offensive Lineman in the 2010 NFL Draft and then was a #1 Round Draft Choice and a #4 Overall Pick in that 2010 NFL Draft for the Redskins.
Robert Griffin III won the 2012 Heisman Trophy and was The Davey O’Brien Award Winner, but Andrew Luck was still considered to be the Top Quarterback in the Country for almost two years, but when Griffin and Luck came to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, they both “Wowed” the NFL Scouts as they recorded some really amazing Measurables. Griffin, not only recorded the World Record 2,336 MEARS RATING, he also became the First Player and Only Player to record the Maximum 400-Points in both Speed Measurables and the Maximum 300-Points in the Vertical Jump as he ran a 4.32 Forty; did an incredible 4.09 Pro-Shuttle; and a 40-Inch Vertical Jump. Luck recorded an Outstanding 2,178 MEARS RATING.
Another Unbelievable Story (S-NBT) is the Story of Quarterback Russell Wilson (In Photo). This Story might be one of the most Incredible in NFL Football History. How Strange is it for Wilson, a 5-11 Quarterback, that was in the same 2012 NFL Draft as Griffin, Morris, and Luck and then in the Fall of their Rookie Seasons, he was Voted as the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year over those three Super Stars.
The biggest thing about Wilson is that he has always been a short Quarterback, but it has never really bothered him. Although he passed for 3,009-Yards and 34 Touchdowns and rushed for another 1,132-Yards and another 18 Touchdowns as a High School Senior, most of the College Coaches did not Recruit him, because of the Perception that he was too Short. Even after leading his HS Team to a 38-17 State Championship Victory over Fork Union, only NC State and Duke Offered him.
So Wilson went to NC State and Red-Shirted as a True Freshman in 2007 and then as a Red-Shirt Freshman, in 2008, he did something that had Never been done and that was to be Named All-ACC Quarterback as a Freshman. He was also The ACC Rookie of the Year. By this time, you have to believe that his Height is not a factor and that this guy is Special. After making Second Team All-ACC in 2010, Wilson decided to Transfer to Wisconsin in 2011 for his Senior Season. Wilson continued to “Wow” people at Wisconsin as he broke the Badger Single-Season Passing Record with 3,175-Yards Passing and 33 Touchdowns while accounting for 40 Touchdowns. Wilson was a Consensus All-Big-10 and he Set an NCAA Passing Efficiency Record with a “Mind-Boggling” 191.8 Record.
There are not too many 5-11 Quarterbacks that are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and the reason is that there are not too many 5-11 Quarterbacks in the NFL, but Wilson seemed to be Special and he was invited. So now it’s time for the NFL Scouting Combine and although Griffin and Luck recorded some Fabulous Measurables and were outstanding in the Passing Drills, this 5-11 Quarterback named Russell Wilson was also impressive. Wilson (5-11, 206, 4.5, 36, 4.09, 118) recorded a great 2,112 MEARS RATING and was Drafted #3, and #72 Overall by another Coaching Friend, Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
Coach Carroll knew exactly what he was getting in this Short 5-11 Quarterback and that was a Proven Winner and as a Rookie, Wilson beat out Griffin, Luck, Morris, and Doug Martin of the Buccaneers as 2012 Rookie of the Year. Then in 2013, Wilson led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl Championship. Maybe one of the most outstanding feats in this Story is that this Short 5-11 Quarterback broke a long-standing NFL Record by winning 28 Games In First Two Years. What would have happened if Wilson really believed that he was too Short to play in the NFL?
One of the Most Incredible Stories about an NFL Hall of Fame Type Player is the Story (S-NBT) Never Before Told about the Fantastic Career of La’Dainian Tomlinson. He fell into the same Category of Brees, Kingsbury, and Morris, in that he was not given the opportunity to “Put-Up” any Great Stats as a Junior, and thus, he Never was able to get on any of the Major Recruiting Lists. Tomlinson was in the same 1997 Recruiting Class of Drew Brees after their 1996 Senior Football Seasons. His Story should be an Inspirational Tool to all Free Agents who for some reason are still Unsigned.
Tomlinson lived in Rosebud, Texas which is just outside of Waco, on your way to College Station. When he was a Sophomore, he decided that he wanted to go to Waco University and so he Transferred there. The Waco University Head Football Coach had a “Standing Policy” that all Underclassmen would be Blockers for Seniors, so Super-Star To-Be Tomlinson spent his entire Sophomore and Junior Football Season as a Blocking Back for a Senior Running Back.
So then, Tomlinson started his Senior Season in 1996 with no Junior Stats and absolutely No Publicity or FanFare. It was appropriate that when he scored Five Touchdowns in his Opening Game, that all of the Fans and College Scouts in the Central Texas Area were shocked, but still No School Offered a Scholarship, because they did not have any available Running Back Scholarships. Then, he led his team to a 12-2-1 Record and was Voted as the Super Cen-Tex Player of the Year. Now Remember! Tomlinson was in the same Recruiting Class of Brees, but I was Never able to see him play, in person, but I did see him on a Highlight Film and I thought that he was Sensational. I saw the Highlight Film where he scored Five Touchdowns.
Baylor and Texas A&M did not Offer him a Scholarship, but at the last minute, a struggling TCU Team Offered him a Scholarship and he accepted. An Interesting Note: After their Senior Season, Brees and Tomlinson met and became good Friends.
At first, Tomlinson was Under-Used at TCU, but then as a Junior in 1999, he rushed for 269-Yards against Arkansas State and then 300-Yards on 23 carries against San Jose State. After this game, he was immediately off to the Rushing Races. The Top Two NFL Running Back Prospects before the season started were Shawn Alexander of Alabama and Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, but after that 300-Yard game, Tomlinson quickly moved into that group.
Later, Tomlinson rushed for 406-Yards and Six Touchdowns against UTEP and this game made him a bonafide Heisman Trophy Candidate. In that game, Tomlinson also Broke the D-1 Single-Game Rushing Record of Tony Sands of Kansas in 1991 and led the Frogs to an 8-4 Record, their best record in 40 Years. This also put the Frogs into their Second Straight Unexpected Bowl Game.
The thing that was so impressive about Tomlinson was that he always knew that he was a Great Football Player, and he Never Gave Up. He always worked extremely hard and he was a Weight Room Freak, because he always wanted to be Strong. His Great Work Ethic was Impeccable and it Always “Rubbed-Off” on all of his Teammates.
At the 2001 NFL Scouting Combine, Tomlinson really put on a show as he recorded some very impressive Measurables (5-10, 221, 4.46, 40.5, 4.21, 124, 28) as he Recorded a Sensational 2,202 MEARS RATING. Tomlinson also impressed all of the NFL Scouts with his great Pass-Catching Ability.
In the 2001 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers Drafted him as their #1 Draft Choice and #5 Overall. After being Fourth in the 2000 Heisman Trophy, Tomlinson played Eleven Years in the NFL and became one of the Top Running Backs in NFL History.
All Free Agents who read these Stories Never Been Told (N-NBT) and who want to Play in the NFL, need to Re-Read the Stories of Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints; Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans; Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and especially Former La’Dainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers! All of them were Thwarted and Overlooked in their Early Careers, but they Never gave up their Goal of Playing Professional Football and Look at where they are today. If they would have Quit or Given-Up, We would Never have heard of them and only The Lord knows where they might be today.
If Drew Brees, Kliff Kingsbury, Alfred Morris, Kareem Jackson, Russell Wilson, and La”Dainian Tomlinson would have given up, there wold be some very unhappy people in New Orleans, Lubbock, Washington DC, Tuscaloosa, Houston, Fort Worth, Seattle, and San Diego where these Players made an Incredible Impact. For All of the Free Agents: Will we be talking about you in a few years or will we Never hear your name?
As I have said, the New Professional Football Showcase will Target many of these same Football Players that I Target every year, like Jackson and Morris, for my All-American Bowl Game Classics. These are the Super Football Players with Potential Talent, but for some reason, have been Over-Looked; but are Super Players with Outstanding and Freaky Measurables like Griffin, Williams and Tomlinson. They are also Players Flying Under the Radar that are Praying for that Once in a Lifetime Opportunity that will give them the chance to show what they can do.