FOUR 2015 CORNERBACKS COMPARE TO 2010 #1 DRAFT CHOICE!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
In the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, we had 101 All-American Players who played in the Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana and we were able to help 63 of them to get a College Football Scholarship.
That 2007 Game also had another Incredible Story in it. Coach John Shuman of Fork Union Military Prep called me one day in December and said that he had a great Cover Cornerback by the name of Kareem Jackson. Coach Shuman went on to tell me that he was a great player from Georgia, but 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.
So, In the 2007 Third Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, Kareem Jackson #3 came to our first Monday practice, without a single Scholarship Offer, but he was Impressive all week and he was the “Buzz” of all of the practices. Then after he recorded two Interceptions in the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, on Saturday, he was offered a Scholarship by the University of Alabama. Jackson was formerly from Macon Westside, Georgia and Fork Union Military Prep.
The most interesting part of this Incredible Recruiting Story about Kareem Jackson is what really happened before and after the All-American Bowl Game. Before all of the players got to the Hotel in Shreveport, I had paired everyone-up with their 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 great friends and after the game, The Crimson Tide invited the two roommates to come to Tuscaloosa for an Official Visit on the weekend after the game and they did just that.
The intriguing thing about this Official Visit for Alabama was that Lett was already Committed and Jackson was already a High School Graduate; already had a passing Test Score; and he was not obligated to go back to Fork Union Prep to graduate. The great opportunity for Alabama was that Kareem Jackson could sign with them immediately and enroll immediately for the Second Term 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 Alabama in two SEC Championship Games and the 2010 BCS National Championship. Jackson came out a year early and was the Houston Texans #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In the Eleventh Annual All-American Bowl Game, we had at least Four Super Cornerbacks who I have Compared to Kareem Jackson, who played in the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In Fact, I thought that all Four Cornerbacks in the 2015 All-American Bowl Game Classic were just as good as Jackson. Two of The Four 2015 Cornerbacks actually had Scholarship Offers before the Game, whereas Two Did Not Have Offers. Jackson got his Alabama Offer after the Game.
Juwuan Campbell (6-0 190, 4.4, 39, 4.1, 120, 16) of Fort Smith Southside, Arkansas was a Really-Big, Good-Looking, Physical Cornerback with Great Size and Great Speed. Campbell has a very aggressive style of play and he can take advantage of a smaller Wide Receiver once he gets his hands on them. After Two All-American Bowl Game Practices, Defensive Backs Coach and East Team Recruiting Coordinator Nekemia Rich and I Moved Campbell from a Blue-Chip to a Gold-Chip.
As a Senior, Campbell Recorded 44 Tackles; Recorded 6 Interceptions, Returning One for a Touchdown; Forced 3 Fumbles; and had 8 Pass Break-Ups. Also Remember that Campbell was the Best Defensive Back on the Field in Every Game that he played.
Campbell was also Sensational in our 2015 All-American Bowl Game on both the Defensive Side of the Football and also on Special Teams. On Defense, Campbell Recorded Eight Tackles and had Two Pass Break-ups, while on Special Teams he also recorded Three More Tackles. The Unbelievable Campbell seemed to be in on every tackle on Punts and Kickoffs and In Fact, he Recorded Three Tackles on Returns and he was right there on Two “Fair-Catch” Punt Returns. These Great Plays on Special Teams were so great, he was Voted as the East Team Special Teams MVP and Received the East Team Special Teams MVP Gold Medallion.
Campbell had Three Scholarship Offers, including Tulsa, ULM, and Central Oklahoma when he came to our First Practice. This is really disturbing to me, because every team in the Country is always looking for a Speedy, Hard-Nosed Cover Cornerback or Free Safety and Campbell certainly proved his Athletic Ability to all of our All-American Bowl Game Coaches.
On National Signing Day, Campbell Signed a National Letter of Intent with Arkansas Tech. Campbell will also play in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game on June 26th.
Hakeem Wilson (5-11, 185, 4.4, 38, 4.16, 116, 15) of Pensacola, Florida came to our First Practice, and he didn’t jump out at us at the beginning, but then we realized that he was a Really Big-Time Player. The Thing that also really stood-out about Wilson was that he was Truly a Born-Leader. For the entire week of preparation before the Game, it was Really Great to Watch him make Big-Plays and Inspire his East Teammates.
Wilson was also a very smart player, who could play Free Safety or Cornerback. Consequently, with all of these great Skills and Athletic Abilities, Wilson was Elected as one of the East Team Quad-Captains.
In the Game, Wilson was a Really Shocking and an Impressive Player once the Football was Snapped and in the air and he Recorded Eight Tackles and had an Amazing Two Interceptions. His Two Picks were both near the End of the Game and they were Key Plays in the 34-30 East Team Victory.
Wilson might have been one of the Best Defensive Backs since Kareem Jackson Recorded Two Interceptions in 2007. Wilson seemed to continue to make Huge Plays after another. After The All-American Bowl Game Classic, Defensive Backs Coach and East Team Recruiting Coordinator Nekemia Rich and I Moved Wilson from a Blue-Chip to a Gold-Chip.
It seemed like Wilson was always around the Football on every single play that was one of the main reasons that he was Voted as the All-American Bowl Game Player MVP and Received The Bowl Game MVP Gold Medallion. The fact that Wilson is a really Outstanding Baseball Player was a Credit to his Great Ball Hawking style of play. On National Signing Day, Wilson Signed a National Letter of Intent with Mississippi Valley State.
Mah’lon Robinson (6-0, 185, 4.38, 38, 4.1, 118, 16) of Noxubee, Mississippi was another Physical Cornerback on the East Team. Robinson was a Very Strong Player with good size, speed, and a lot of raw ability. Robinson also was a Key Defensive Player on his Noxubee High School Football Team that won a Mississippi Football State Championship.
Robinson came to our First Football Practice, just like Kareem Jackson, without a Single Scholarship Offer, but on National Signing Day, he Signed a National Letter of Intent with Alcorn State University.
Ethan Rose (5-11, 185, 4.3, 38, 4.1, 117, 16) of Lafayette Northside, Louisiana might be the best Athlete of the Four 2015 Cornerbacks. Rose played Quarterback for Northside and he might have been the Fastest Quarterback in the Country this year. Rose also played Free Safety on Defense and he made Huge Plays on both sides of the Football in every game. I watched him play in Two Games and he was Incredible in Both Games.
In the Northside and Carencro Game, Super Athletic QB #17 Ethan Rose (In Photo) Rushed for 141-Yards and Scored on a 43-Yard Touchdown Run in the First Quarter and a 12-Yard Touchdown in the Second Quarter. Rose also threw a 13-Yard Touchdown Pass just before Halftime, but Carencro won the game by a 28-19.
On Friday November 7, 2014, I decided to Attend one of the Top Games of the Week in Louisiana between Lafayette Teurlings Catholic and Lafayette Northside and it was not just a Regular District 5-4A Game, it was a Huge Game between two Teams that were in the Same Neighborhood.
Teurlings needed a Victory to maintain their lead in the District 5-4A Race and also win the District, but they also needed to strengthen their 4A Power Rating for the Playoffs. The Biggest Hurdle for Teurlings Catholic was going to be a Super Athletic Quarterback Named Ethan Rose.
If you got to the Game in the Second Quarter, you would have been shocked to see the Scoreboard read that Northside was ahead of Teurlings by a 21-10 score, but about this time another Super-Star Quarterback by the name of Cole Kelley was just about to take over the game for Teurlings. This Quarterback named Kelley led the Rebels to an incredible 48 Straight Unanswered Points and a 65-35 Victory and a District 5-4A Championship for Head Coach Sonny Charpentier.
The Kelley Story is about a 6-7 Junior Quarterback who might be one of the best Passing Quarterback that I have seen in a few years, but I’ll tell you about him, in a Story later this Spring.
In all of my years of Scouting and Evaluating High School, College, and Professional Football Players, I have RARELY seen a High School Quarterback that could completely change the Direction of the Game so fast, except maybe a Sophomore Athletic Quarterback that I saw Play in Brownwood, Texas in 2006. This Sophomore Quarterback was from Copperas Cove, Texas and he gave a Verbal Agreement to The University of Houston. Oh Wait! He gave a Verbal Agreement to The Head Coach of The Cougars, but when that Head Coach Art Briles changed jobs; he took Robert Griffin III or commonly called RGIII to Baylor with him. Griffin then became the 2011 Heisman Trophy Award Winner.
This doesn’t count other Great Passing Quarterbacks, that I saw play, including Ty Detmer, Kliff Kingsbury, and Drew Brees, who led their High School Teams as Seniors to Championships, but since they did not get on the Early College Coaching Recruiting Lists, they were Never Heavily Recruited as Seniors. Detmer and Brees were in New York for the Heisman Trophy Award and Detmer won it. Between these Three Quarterbacks, they only had three Scholarship Offers between The Three Of Them and All Three of Them made it to the NFL.
Rose, in Fact, did not have a Single Scholarship Offer by Mid-Season of his Senior Season until ULL Offered and he gave ULL Head Coach Mark Hudspeth a Verbal Agreement to play for the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns.
Rose and his Dad, Ethan Rose Sr, and I talked a Couple times about where we should play Rose in the All-American Bowl Game Classic and Since ULL was going to use him as a Cover Cornerback, that is the Position that we decided to play him. At First, we were going to use him as a Slot Receiver, but Cornerback was where he played and he Recorded a Key Interception on the West Team 8-Yard Line in the First Quarter on the East Team’s Second Drive.
The Speed of Jackson, Rose and RGIII is about the same at around a 4.3 – 4.35 Forty. RGIII was and still is a Fabulous Passer and Great Runner; while Rose is a Fabulous Runner and Good Passer. Another Similarity is that both RGIII and Rose were Lightly Recruited which makes absolutely no sense at all to me; although they were both Super-Stars as Seniors in High School.
2007 ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME CLASSIC
2010 NFL DRAFT
GOLD-CHIP PLAYER RATINGS
# POS PLAYER COL HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS TEAM OVERALL
#1 CB Kareem Jackson AA ALA 5-11 196 4.37 37.5 4.14 118 2,272 TEXANS #1#20
2015 ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME CLASSIC
SUPER GOLD-CHIP PLAYER RATINGS
#1 CB Ethan Rose AA Lafayette Northside 5-11 185 4.3 38 4.2 117 15 2,265 ULL
#2 CB Juwuan Campbell AA FS S-Side 6-0 190 4.4 39 4.1 120 16 2,250 ARK-TECH
#3 CB Hakeem Wilson AA Pensacola 5-11 185 4.37 36 4.16 116 15 2,230 MS-VAL
#4 CB Mah’Lon Robinson AA Noxubee 6-0 185 4.38 38 4.1 118 16 2,220 ALCORN