Super Safety Le’Marcus Gibson Making Tackle
on Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh
There Are Always Fast Timers And Slow Timers In Super Combines!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
It was pretty interesting for me to meet the two best Quarterbacks in both parts of the First Section. On Saturday Night, I just happened to be sitting next to #21 QB Brendan Crawford from Langston University. I also found out that Crawford (6-5, 220) was with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2014. With his great Height and Experience, I was really looking forward to seeing Crawford in action on Sunday.
The Second Part of the First Section is to watch the Free Agents as they Warm-Up prior to the Official Start of the Super Combine. I always like to walk around and watch particular players as they are warming-up. As I was walking around, I noticed another Quarterback who was really throwing a nice, tight spiral with no wiggle on it. It was #5 Justin Billiot (6-2, 215) of Westminster College and I found out that he played in the 2014 Gridiron Development Football League.
One of the Most Impressive Free Agents that was Warming-Up before the Lestini Free Agents Camp Officially started on Sunday was #20, a Two-Way Player named Leon Jackson from The University of Delaware and his Agent came over to me to show me some of his Running Back Highlights, along with his Linebacker Highlights. To be Honest, I believe that Jackson can play either Position for a lot of Professional Sports Teams at the Next Level.
There were also a few other familiar faces from 2014 that were impressive in Warm-Ups, including #23 WR Trayon Nash of Graceland;#24 WR Jusmon Rivers of North Alabama; #26 WR Tristan Purifoy of North Alabama; #28 CB Efe Osawemwenze of Southern; #71 TE/DE Thomas Logan of Stillman College; and #117 WR Ronald Bracy of The Mobile Sharks and all of them were returning again in 2015. Purifoy was a 2014 Super-Star, along with Thomas Logan. Their 2014 MEARS RATINGS Are Listed Below:
#26 WR Tristan Purifoy^ 6-0 200 4.5 38 3.94 124 25 North Alabama 2,180 MEARS
#71 MLB Thomas Logan^ 6-3 259 4.59 36 4.06 110 24 Stillman 2,178 MEARS
#28 CB Efe Osawemwenze^ 6-0 195 4.48 36 4.22 117 – Southern Univ 2,065 MEARS
#24 WR Jusmon Rivers^ 5-10 180 4.47 38 4.19 121 – North Alabama 2,040 MEARS
#23 CB Trayon Nash^ 5-10 190 4.55 36 4.44 112 18 Graceland College 2,026 MEARS
#117 FS Ronald Bracy^ 5-10 183 4.49 39 4.2 116 25 Mobile Sharks 2,025 MEARS
Other very Impressive Specimens at Wide Receiver, included #4 Jamal Nixon of Arkansas Monticello; #12 Marquis Fruge’ of Southeastern Louisiana University; #14 Theron Allen Jr of Bethany College; #33 Lavender Bryant of South Alabama; and #30 George Whigham of North Carolina at Pembrook.
I also thought that #78 OG Cam Edwards (6-4, 310) of University of St Francis, Indiana was a Great-Looking Physical Speciman; along with #115 DE Jonathon Frink (6-2, 243) of Stanford; #32 SS Le’Marcus Gibson (5-11, 210) of University of Louisiana Lafayette; and #72 DE James McDevitt (6-3, 270) of University of Kentucky. There were a lot of Great Specimens, but these Four really stood-out to me initially as Tremendous Athletic Freaks. These Four are the Players that you want at the Front of Your Bus and to be the First Players getting off of your Bus before your Game.
For whatever reason, these Four Super-Looking Free Agent Specimens did not Record Super Great Measurables. #72 McDevitt, a Two-Tour Iraq Veteran, did not even find out about the Lestini Camp until Saturday Night and he obviously did not have a chance to Prepare for it; while #32 Gibson has been Coaching, and so I included some of their Previous Best Super Measurables as Follows:
#115 DE Jonathon Frink^ 6-2 243 4.6 34 4.28 121 36 Stanford Univ 2,181 MEARS
#32 SS Le’Marcus Gibson^ 5-11 210 4.4 36 4.1 116 22 UL Louisiana 2,170 MEARS
#78 OT Cam Edwards^ 6-4 310 5.2 28 4.88 105 – St Francis Indiana 2,145 MEARS
#72 DE James McDevitt^ 6-3 270 4.8 33 4.4 110 34 Univ of Kentucky 2,090 MEARS
My Good Friend #32 SS Le’Marcus Gibson, who played in Three New Orleans Bowl Games in Three Years for Louisiana Lafayette after Transferring from Hawaii and a Mississippi Junior College. Gibson was Captain of the 2012 ULL Football Team that Beat East Carolina in the 2012 New Orleans Bowl and he is a Tremendous Leader and Playmaker at either Safety or Linebacker. Only two weeks ago, Gibson, after Participating in my Third Annual 2007 All-American Bowl Game, was one of my Eleventh Annual All-American Bowl Game Coaches at Safety for the East Team.
After Coach Wes Courier Jr worked out the entire Free Agent Group with about an Unbelievable Fifteen Minute Speed and Agility Warm-Up, it was time to go to Session Two or the Start of the Lestini Super Combine and the Forty-Yard Dash.
When I Host my Super Elite Top Gun Combines and Camps; it is very important to have Great Forty Timers and that is why I am always the Lead Timer in the Forty. Last year in the Lestini Group Free Agents Combine, the Forty Times were extremely slow and so this year, I decided to Check out the First Few Forties to see how they were Timed and Measured.
In my Super Combines, I am the Lead Forty Timer and I have Two other Timers: Timer #2 and Timer #3. My Forty Time is the Lead Time and Timer #2 and Timer #3 times are averaged to go with My Lead Forty Timing. After a few Timings, if Timer #2 or Timer #3 is Really Slow; then they are excused and Timer #4 is added. I learned this Timing Technique and Method when I was with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys Biggest Goal was to be as Completely Accurate As Possible.
The real problem of Forty Timers is that all Forty Timers are not properly trained and even if an average is given, most of the averages are from Slow Timers and this is what happened again this year, so I did not spend much time in watching or evaluating the Forties. After Evaluating each 2015 Forty Time, I found that most of the Forty Times this year were not as bad as I first expected that they might be, and in Fact, they were much better than I had anticipated. I also can always adjust their Forty Times later after I have seen what each Free Agent can do in the Pro-Agility Shuttle and/or Standing Broad Jump.
Out of 53 Free Agents, there were 13 that had a Really Great Forty Time, for their Position, including #3 RB Michael Walker of St Cloud University with a 4.48 Forty; #4 WR Jamal Nixon of Arkansas Monticello with a 4.49 Forty; #14 WR Theron Allen Jr of Bethany College with a 4.48 Forty; #16 WR Caleb Davis of South Carolina State University with a 4.44 Forty; #20 LB Leon Jackson of University of Delaware with an Outstanding 4.52 Forty; #25 RB Chris Douglas of Missouri State with a 4.5 Forty; #28 CB Efe Osawemwenze of Southern University with a 4.46 Forty; #34 LB Carlos Suggs of Ole Miss with a 4.63 Forty; #35 CB Darius Lewis of Central State University of Ohio with a 4.5 Forty; #51 LB Greg Worthy of Furman with a 4.52 Forty; #71 DE Thomas Logan of Stillman College with an Outstanding 45 Forty; #76 DT Randy Salmon of Louisville with a 5.19 Forty; and #115 DE Jonathon Frink of Stanford with a 4.8 Forty.
There were another 10 Free Agents that had an Outstanding Pro-Shuttle and if we took a Five-Tenths (.05) off of their Forty Time would have an Outstanding Forty for Their Position; including #2 WR Samuel Wagner of Lawrence University with a 4.48 Forty and a 4.06 Pro-Shuttle; #8 RB DeWitt Jennings III of Tulsa with a 4.57 Forty and a 4.12 Pro-Shuttle; #12 WR Marquis Fruge’ of Southeastern Louisiana with a 4.54 Forty and a 4.15 Pro-Shuttle; #13 CB Tyrie Allen of Nicholls State with a 4.48 Forty and a 4.06 Pro-Shuttle; #15 SS Keith Holliday of North Carolina A&T with a 4.54 Forty and a 4.21 Pro-Shuttle; #17 CB DeMarkus Washington of Texas Southern with a 4.47 Forty and a 4.15 Pro-Shuttle; #22 CB John Stevenson of Georgia Southern with a 4.45 Forty and a 4.03 Pro-Shuttle; #31 WR Jheranie Boyd of University of North Carolina with a 4.48 Forty and a 4.19 Pro-Shuttle; and #117 WR Ronald Bracy with a 4.51 Forty and a 4.21 Pro-Shuttle.
In Fact, as I have looked over all of the Forty Timings again, I realize that the Forty Timings were much better than I first thought they were and they are a little better than the Forty Timings from last year.
Coach Ron Estay is a former Defensive Lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1972, Estay was Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 8th Round of the 1972 NFL Draft. After that 1972 NFL Draft, Estay moved to Canada and played for the British Columbia Lions in 1972 and then Edmonton Eskimos from 1973 to 1982, and helped lead that team to Five Straight Canadian Grey Cup Championships from 1978 – 1982 as a key member of the “Alberta Crude” Defense. Coach Estay also played in 1983 for the Washington Federals of the USFL. Estay is also a Former Defensive Line Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Coach Estay was the Lead Timer in the Pro-Agility Shuttle in the Super Combine and he did an Amazing Job with his Pro-Shuttle Instruction as evidence that an Incredible 23 of 53 Players recorded a “Mind-Boggling” 4.2 Pro-Shuttle or Better.
Another Amazing Eleven Players broke a 4.1 Pro-Shuttle, including #2 CB Samuel Wagner; #3 SLOT Michael Walker; #13 CB Tyrie Allen; #20 LB Leon Jackson; #22 CB John Stevenson; #27 SLOT Triston McCathern; #30 WR George Whigham; #33 WR Bryant Lavender; #34 LB Carlos Suggs; #35 CB Darius Lewis; and #36 CB Dionte Keys. Both #3 SLOT Michael Walker, with a 3.96 Pro-Shuttle and #33 WR Bryant Lavender with a 3.97 Pro-Shuttle were able to Break a 4.0 Flat Pro-Shuttle.
Coach Dave Hochtriff is a Former Eleven-Year Professional Football Veteran Scout and Former Regional Scout of the Edmonton Eskimos; In 1986 and 1987, Coach Hochtritt was a guest coach with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and in 1988, he coached the Offensive and Defensive Linemen for the New York Knights of the fledgling Arena Football League. After one year as Offensive Line Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Coach Hochtritt returned to Canada and in 1994, Coach Hochtritt Coached the Defensive Linemen of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1995, Coach Hochtritt was named Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders. In 1996 and 1997, he was a Scout for both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. During the 1999 Season, Coach Hochtritt Scouted NFL Pre-Season training camps for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Coach Hochtritt assisted Coach Ron Estay in the Timing of the Pro-Shuttle in the Super Combine and he and Coach Estay, as the Lead Timer, really did a Great Job in helping these Great Free Agent Athletes to Record an Outstanding Pro-Agility Shuttle in one of their most important Speed Measurables of the Day in the Lestini Super Combine.