Scout Trout is honored to introduce the historical venue hosting our bowl weekend and its historical significance as the “City of Champions”! Scout Trout was able to see first hand how talented the athletes are in this prestigious football town that features Vigor High School and Blount High School, who have both produced some of the greatest athletes in the beloved sport of football. Vigor’s first undefeated season came in 1960, and their first playoff win was claimed in 1978 with a region championship. In 1989, The Vigor High School Wolves boasted 27 consecutive straight victories and once again was able to run the table in 2002 going undefeated. Vigor was able to achieve another immaculate season in 2008 –going 15-0 en-route to yet another State title in the talent rich state of Alabama. All in all, Vigor has claimed 4 state titles (1960,1987,1988, 2008) and boasted a winning percentage of 64% since its inception (473-261-12). Vigor has produced 18 NFL players and 112 All-State players in the history of their historic program.
According to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society, the Blount High School Leopards and the Vigor High School Wolves have played every year since 1971.
The high school rivalry games played here are “dogfight games--hard hitting, physical in your face intensity that is unmatched except in a college or NFL rivalry game.” Prichard’s long-standing tradition of blue chip top-notch athleticism routinely attracts nearly 20,000 spectators to its 10,000-seat stadium. In such a way, Prichard stadium is more than a venue for competitive football games, but a stomping ground for “week-long alumni festivities and hype, where Friday night lights become everything, and the only thing that matters at the time for this special city, and it is one that is special to the teams, the fans, and the cheerleaders.”
In this long history of rivalry and exceptional football, the city of Prichard and its stadium have always been in the center of it. Many prominent SEC and NFL players and coaches number among Prichard’s decorated alumni such as current Seattle Seahawk Jalston Fowler, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As an Alabama Crimson Tide fullback, he was able to achieve two BCS National Championships and two SEC Titles to keep the Tide rolling! Being a four star running back out of Vigor High School, Fowler was able to rush for 1,882 yards, along with 25 TD's, establishing himself as one of the nation's top bruising backs. Willie Anderson, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1196, and it was rumored his rookie season that he was able to max out on bench press at 675LBS! Willie was able to sign three very lucrative contracts and is another example of the excellency coming from the prestigious Vigor High School. Vigor produced another 1st round draft pick in Robert Brazile in 1975 as he was selected number six overall out of FCS Jackson State University! Brazile was recently inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame with nearly 1,300 tackles for the Houston Oilers, along with an unfathomable 48 sacks! Brazile was one of the best linemen to ever take the gridiron and is another true testament to the gritty, vibrant and all-world athletes this area has produced in the world of college and pro football! The list of alumni from Vigor also include Ricky Young, Sen'Derrick Marks, Scott Hunter, Donald Reese and even an MLB player in Pat Howell. Blount High School also has its fair share of success at producing big time NFL ball players with the likes of Derrick Burroughs, Dameyune Craig, James Evans, Karl Powe, and the NBA's Kennedy Winston!
The impressive football program at Blount High School has been named State Champions of the State of Alabama 5 times and has produced 12 regional titles in total. Since its first regional championship in 1986, Blount has been able to produce 10 NFL players and 63 All-State players, while boasting a 56% winning percentage throughout its entire existence. The Vigor Wolves vs The Blount Leopards has been a long outstanding rivalry wherein Vigor currently controls at 33 wins to 11 losses. This is a huge deal for Scout Trout and his family of elite student athletes to host our first ever All-American Bowl at such a historic venue as Prichard Stadium. Thus, we have a stellar group of prospects from the amazingly gifted football state of Alabama.
The history of Prichard and its beautiful stadium embody the state of Alabama’s dedication and deep cultural connection to the sport of American Football. The up-and-coming stars, as young as 13 years old (Kevin Hollis, Kel Smith) that coach Ford and I have identified, will be showcasing their talents at halftime of the Scout Trout All-American Bowl. We look forward to helping the fine young men of these areas develop into outstanding college football players. I firmly believe these two schools are doing a fine job at producing exceptional athletes! We want to thank the City of Prichard, Mrs. Grenetta Ward (Director of Parks and Recreation) and Coach Jeff Ford for working so quickly to help us reserve this historic venue for the first of many Scout Trout All-American Bowls!
Newly added Scout Trout All-American's for Team North Kaleb Brown, Antonio Davis, Bradyn Jones, Darwin Frett, Celik Curtis, Taurell Turner and Tyler Bineham got some great work in today, as seen above, at Methodist University. We even played a little pick up 7 on 7 game for fun, after we completed running some of Scout Trout's college style offensive schemes. All 7 athletes have earned a invitation to the Scout Trout All-American Bowl, after displaying a brilliant display of athletics today at Methodist University and we extremely pleased to wrap up the roster for team north, with these athlete's from Village Christian!
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These fantastic athletes are very coachable and come from an outstanding program with some of the best high school coaches, Scout Trout has encountered. Their ability to grasp college-style concepts very quickly and make spectacular athletic plays, prove that these athletes are beyond prepared for the world of college football. I will be writing reports on each athlete this week, as we announce our final line ups for Teams North and Teams South. I applaud the resilience of each athlete here in the great state of North Carolina who came to work with us today. I am now very intrigued with the athletes in this area, as a whole. I am also excited to announce that we will have some of the coaches from Village Christian Academy coaching with us at the 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl weekend. I know we have found the right men to help us further our goals, as a whole, for the young men of North Carolina and all over the world, who dare to dream big and aspire to create a pathway to success. Some athletes in this game will be chewed up and spit out, the question always lies between your ears and in your heart and must turn a deaf ear to failure. I will be adding profiles, coaching bios and more as the week progresses. As we inch closer to the 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl weekend, Team North and Team South will collide as both competitors and brothers with the shared goal of attaining a college football scholarship. I am extremely eager to work with each and every athlete that will be in Alabama for the Scout Trout All-American Bowl and 2018 NFL Reese's Senior Bowl, as it is always a fun event!
Jaquan Dear is a very explosive defensive back, who is able to diagnose plays very quickly and attacks the football. He is a extremely good tackler, as shown above and is able to even get a Quarterback sack, at around :35 seconds into his highlight's. This very hard hitting defensive back, shows great technique while tackling and is able to come up and really deliver punishing blows to receivers and backs alike. He shows great coverage ability and is able to get a interception, later in his film, at around 1:05 into his stellar highlight's. I really like Jaquan as a Safety, at the next level, as he is able to play zone coverage extremely well as the last line of defense and is very valuable in the TRENCHES! Dear will be suiting up for Team South and I will be moving him to Safety, as he will be playing some Corner, as well. Congrats on being selected a Scout Trout All-American and I will see you in Prichard, Alabama at the 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl!
Benjamin VanGalder is a very quick and effective defensive linemen, who comes from Spencer Van Etten High School in New York. Ben shows great technique with his swim move and is able to get into the backfield quickly with his great quickness for a big man. With a 4.0 GPA, Ben shows great overall strength at the defensive tackle position and I expect a big senior season, after this young man had a outstanding junior year. Ben is outstanding on the offensive line and fires off the ball to engage quickly, while being able to keep his feet moving and pushing his man downfield. Ben is also very effective as a pulling guard and shows very good footwork when pass block blocking. VanGalder will be working hard this season and will be be a a great addition to any college football offensive or defensive lines, after the completion of his already stellar high school career. VanGalder has been added to the newly formed Scout Trout All-American watch list!
Merf Trout - Owner Scout Trout Elite LLC