ODell Beckham, Jr Was An “Under The Recruiting Radar Super-Star” Until My 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp! He Then Signed With LSU Before Becoming All-American and All-Pro!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
Every single Football season, there are some great High School Football Players who for some reason are over-looked by the various Recruiting Services and College Coaches. In fact, some of these players are simply unbelievably talented players looking for an opportunity to show their talent to the various College Coaches.
In 2010, there were some really fabulous High School Football players in Louisiana that were in this category. One was named Odell Beckham Jr who was the son of former LSU great Odell Beckham Sr. And another one was Ronald Martin.
Young Beckham was from the same Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans that had already sent at least two players to the NFL by the names of Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Beckham also joined Cooper Manning as the only two Newman High School football players to ever reach 1,000-yards in Receiving. Beckham also averaged 30-yards per punt return for Newman High School.
Also! His dad, Beckham Sr was also a great Running-Back for LSU and his mom, Heather, was an All-American Track Sprinter for LSU in 1991-93, winning two NCAA Indoor Sprint Championships and three NCAA Outdoor Sprint Championships. This should have been enough to alert a few college coaches that there might be a Super Football Player at Newman HS and enough Interest to get some Scholarship Offers, but as the summer started, and at My 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp, and before his Senior season, Beckham did not have a Single Scholarship Offer.
But lets “Fast-Forward Back” to The Week of July of 2013, because this was the week that Beckham Jr was announced as one of the 44 players on the 2013 Paul Hornung Award. This Prestigious Fourth Annual Paul Hornung Award goes to The Most Versatile Player in Major College Football.
In The Recent LSU Spring Game, Beckham (6-0, 187, 4.44, JR-2L) caught a beautiful 79-yard touchdown pass from QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 230, 4.8, SR-2L) in the End-Zone with only 4:11 left in First Half. He then caught another 21-yard touchdown pass from QB Stephen Rivers (6-8, 225, 4.9, SO-SQ) with 5:40 left in the game.
Beckham finished The 2013 LSU Spring Game with six catches for 202-yards and two Touchdowns as he helped lead the White Team to a 37-0 Victory. I was at that 2013 LSU Spring Game and I Selected Beckham as the LSU Spring Game MVP.
In 2012, As a True Sophomore, Beckham had 43 catches for 713-yards which was outstanding for a team that does not throw that much. The huge thing that makes Beckham so Special is that he has returned 35 punts for 320-yards and scored on two of them, including an incredible 89-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss. He also has averaged 12.9 Yards Per Touch on 138 touches in two years. Beckham also has an amazing 1,784 All-Purpose Yards in two years.
Everyone in the Football Stadium knows exactly when Beckham is going to get the football and many times it is in a crucial situation and he is still able to make positive yards.
Ronald Martin was another Super-Star Player in Louisiana in 2010 who was. also Flying Under the Recruiting Radar. Martin and Beckham Continued to make One-Handed Catches at The 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp. Martin did not have one single scholarship either, but he also Signed with LSU after The Combine. This should give Hope to every High School Football Player in the Country who does not have any scholarship offers in mid-summer before their Senior Season.