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!
I got the privilege of meeting Donald Adkins after he came with his fellow Scout Trout All-American Eizayah Frost, to get acquainted with Scout Trout and see if he had what it takes to be a Scout Trout All-American. I left the field that day, after working out in Green Bay-like conditions and left knowing I found the right guy to play H-Back/TE and LB in our first ever Scout Trout All-American Game. With outstanding blocking ability at the Tight End position shown in his highlight's, Donald showed the ability to catch the football, even in horrific conditions for a workout. Donald shows the grit needed to excel at the next level and picks up coaching extremely quickly. With 4.6 speed and the ability to come off the edge and crack the ball carrier in the backfield, Adkins could play at the next level at a variety of positions and I am eager to watch him perform at our Class of 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl! Donald is a very keen linebacker who reads plays quickly with his high football IQ and is going to be fun to watch, against the talent rich Team South!
Edgar Quintas is one of the best linemen that state of Illinois has produced for the Class of 2018, and when you flip on his tape, you will see exactly why this young bull has been selected as a Scout Trout All-American! Winning the WSC Offensive Linemen of the Year award, Edgar arrived as a dominant force and is feared by opposing defenses across the state of Illinois, as he is always the aggressor on the field! Playing with a burning passion for his team, Edgar is a straight up SAVAGE when utilized as a pulling Guard and is able to deliver some of the most vicious bone-shattering blocks that leave defensive linemen wondering where they are at. This All-Area selection keeps his feet moving as he engages with defenders and is able to pile-drive them savagely into the turf, like a boss. As he closes down on the center at around :38 seconds, Edgar shows off his quickness off the snap and is able to obliterate the center, leaving him with no other options but to fantasize about being a real football player. When it comes to quick and efficient pulling guards, Edgar takes the cake for our option style offense, as these players need to be able to quickly pull to the designated assignment to create the proper lanes in the option game. In the run game, as seen at around 1:27, Edgar pancakes his initial assignment and is able to rapidly pounce on the second level linebacker, which is extremely impressive and shows this young man's full potential as a college football player. Once again at around 1:50, Edgar shows stellar technique and is able to wall off the linebacker to perfection. He is certainly one of the best blockers overall we have witnessed at Scout Trout. A few plays later, you can see Edgar get out in front in the screen passing game and he puts the defender on ice skates, as he moves another man against his will! When evaluating offensive linemen, Scout Trout likes to throw height and weight out the window, as there are obviously guys out there who are moving men much larger then them, wherever they so choose. Demonstrating proper technique and pure dedication, resiliency and mastering your overall mental process is what is needed to excel at the next level. You will be punched square in the mouth at the next level. The question is, how hard are you gonna hit back? I want to thank Edgar for joining the Scout Trout family, and I cannot wait to see you in Alabama at the 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl, at the historic Prichard Stadium!
Michael Samuel is an outstanding young man and student-athlete from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, PA. Samuel's moves remarkably well for a big man and shows great overall football awareness combined with a high motor from the very start of his senior season highlights. Samuel is extremely quick off of the ball and gets into the backfield to create chaos in the backfield, obliterating anything in his path. Mike shows great elusiveness on his Quarterback sack, at around :50 seconds into his footage above and is able to finish the play with a fumble recovery. Mike has an outstanding bull rush and is able to gain great positioning, while also using impeccable hand placement to get off the offensive linemen's block. Samuel holds his ground extremely well in the A-gaps when stuffing the run and is able to make very athletic plays on the football. With a relentless motor and a gifted skill set, this young man is ready for the Scout Trout All-American Bowl and will be playing with Team North at the historic Prichard Stadium in Prichard, AL. He will make a very valuable asset for whatever college he winds up at, and we are excited he we will be playing in our bowl game!
Frost got selected for my Scout Trout All-American game out of Meadowdale High School in Dayton, Ohio. I was able to meet up with Frost and his other All-American teammate Donald Adkins, as they showed great overall grit and toughness in being able to handle the adverse conditions of nearly 10 degrees and a blustering wind chill. They both ran great routes on a snow covered field, and Frost was able to demonstrate superior hands for such a big young man. Frost is very quick off the line as a defensive tackle and proves to be a very effective pulling guard. With the ability to line up either at the tight end/fullback or on either side of the ball on the line for the Scout Trout All-American Team North roster, we will be moving him around and letting him show off his complete skill set. With such good hands, this quick and athletic big man can create instant pressure in the backfield and locates the ball carrier quickly to be able to make the tackle for a loss. I was very impressed with Frost's overall athletics, as we worked out in the frozen Tundra of Dayton, Ohio. He was able to catch the football extremely well and was even able to make some one-handed snags. Being such a skilled blocker, Frost could easily convert to the tight-end/h-back position, and Team North is excited to welcome him to the outstanding roster for our Class of 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl!
Calvin Starks is one of the most explosive players in the Southern corridor of America I have witnessed, as he is able to change direction, abruptly accelerate up field and leave defenders in the dust! Starks was selected after the outstanding student-athlete Edward Moore Jr. sent his info to Scout Trout, and after I watched this extremely dynamic speed back, I had no choice but to give him the last spot for Scout Trout's WB/Slot position which will be utilized heavily in the screen and option game. The ability to find the cut-back lane and make defenders miss while maintaining rapid forward progress is extremely valuable at moving the chains and producing huge plays at the next level. Starks shows uncanny ability in the screen game and first secures the catch, as seen at around :42 seconds into his highlights and is able to scamper quickly with nearly impeccable field vision downfield for a touchdown. Calvin shows great power moves as well, when moving downfield and exhibits a beautiful still arm a few plays later and is able to barrel forward for extra yards. Starks is also a very explosive return man and at any given time can take the football all the way to the house, which will ignite whatever crowd is observing this spectacular talented student-athlete! The best run of the film comes at 1:25 into his film, where Starks reminds me of Barry Sanders in the way he is able to dance in tight quarters and instantaneously fight through defenders to break to pay-dirt once again. His ability to break tackles can be seen on the next play and many others throughout this film. What I like the most about Starks is he never stops moving his feet, which makes him extremely hard to tackle and is why he has been selected for the Scout Trout All-American Class of 2018 All-American Bowl Game!
Daniel Manning has blazing game speed and runs exceptional routes, as seen on his spectacular highlight's up above. With Team North needing more speedy receivers, Daniel fits our spread offensive scheme and simply is scary for defenders to cover. Manning is able to catch the ball well in traffic and is able to maintain possession, even after absorbing a heavy hit. Daniel shows a great set of hands and has very good timing with his quarterback, showing he puts in the time needed to master his craft, while being able to create instant separation combine with great acceleration. Manning is very good at going up over defenders and "high pointing" the football, while being able to make the tough catches in the red zone to create touchdowns. Daniel shows outstanding overall concentration when going over the middle and is able to make extremely tough plays in traffic, even being able to catch the ball when deflected. His agility seen at around 3:25, shows he can move the ball downfield extremely effectively and does not waste anytime doing so. This tough and game changing wide receiver will be taking the field for Team North, at the inaugural Scout Trout All-American Bowl, at Prichard Stadium, in Prichard Alabama!
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