KJ Macatiag comes to Scout Trout Elite from Kahuku High School in the historically tough football state of Hawaii. KJ initially graded out a 3-Star prospect in our S.T.E.P ratings grading system and has since jumped to a 4-star prospect, as I was able to locate recent combine footage and then nominated KJ Macatiag, as a Scout Trout All-American. His score was able to jump from a (6.871) 3-Star ATH, to a 7.171 and a 4-Star ATH. His intangibles, academics and combine athletics were graded out highly, as he possesses all of the natural ability of an elite defensive back at the college football level. We placed KJ in the Athlete category because of his footage and ability as an offensive football player, as he shows a diverse skill set on both sides of the football. KJ maintains a high level of character, faith and leadership on and off the field, and we our extremely pleased to add him to our Elite All-American roster. Macatiag shows a very keen style of running and is able to use his outstanding agility to slide past defenders, while maintaining a downhill style of running that moves the chains. KJ shows an uncanny ability in finding the cut-back lane and shows great overall football instincts in the way he progresses rapidly downfield, using his blocks precisely to maneuver through immense traffic. KJ loves playing in all three phases of the game and excels on special teams, as he is always willing to make the big block to spring his brother for a big play and/or fly downfield to make a tackle on kickoff. KJ shows more of his agility and acceleration on film at the University of Hawaii, where you can witness at 1:38, a magical Barry Sanders like spin move, after showing outstanding initial acceleration once again through the hole. KJ is able to also show off his power on this play, as he is able to break through tackles, while bedazzling us with his superior athletics. Around 2:48, you can witness KJ and some of his vertical ability, as he keenly is able to hurdle a defender, using extremely quick reflexes and knowledge of when is it applicable to leave the ground to make a non-existent running lane appear. I went and found stats from last year, as KJ was able to intercept three passes and accumulate around twenty tackles, while being able to move the ball with his outstanding overall athletics and determination for the Kahuku Red Raiders. KJ's life and athletics are all heading in the right direction, as he is quoted below as a leader in his community. KJ will gain "recruiting stock" points and his "Media Points" will rise even more, as we S.T.E.P our games up going into the 2018/2019 seasons. I also believe KJ will improve in all aspects of his game and exhibits a brilliant upside that needs to be displayed heavily at the collegiate level.
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Scout Trout Elite Prospect (S.T.E.P) Ratings - Class 2019 - #1
I have been coaching and examining the recruiting/scouting system for a little over 2 years now, and I have been asked thousands of times, "how do I get stars or become a ranked player?" I normally gave a cliché coaching response in an effort to boost the athlete's or parent's morale, as they've watched many players receive offers. I made the effort of figuring it all out and decided to rank players along the way using my own methods. First, let's dive into what it takes to be a 5-star recruit in today's society.
All findings were discovered through intensive online, in person coaching of top and "sleeper recruits" and opinions formed by collegiate coaches (current and former).
The 5-star Factors 2019
Now that we understand that the highest grade for football skills is only graded at 60%, of your total value, which came directly from 247 sports. We can now understand the quandary that prospects are put in across the world, who display very visibly that they are much better than what we are actually deeming as TOP scholarship athletes across the spectrum. Which brings me to the "Overall Team Recruiting Rankings" and how media companies have almost cornered the collegiate coaches into going after only players with 3-5 stars by their name from the very beginning of the recruiting process. From the top down, the logic is very simple in business terms. The recruit with the largest fan base will generate the most revenue for that universities overall budget in a variety of ways. A few of these things they can generate revenue from are as follows: merchandise sales in athletes locale, more viewership on all of content, more influence as a whole in the recruits area, and possibly more top recruits/students from that area enrolling in that university. Now in return, the institution will waive your tuition fees for 4 years, in other terms a "Full Ride Athletic Scholarship". Believe it or not, most of these programs are making money off of your play long after you leave their grounds. They also save money by lessening their programs recruiting budget, as all of these sources can be found from the comfort of your office or home.
Team and Recruiter Rankings
We actually will be introducing our Team rankings and talking about college football's best overall coaches, as far as recruiting goes. Luckily, I got to learn from The Big 12's recruiter of the year, Coach Robert Prunty, who is now the Head Coach at Hampton University (You can listen to our interview on my radio show by clicking HERE). I am not really a fan of sports writers, journalists or a QB who went 1-10 at Georgia Tech deciding who is the best and who isn't. The information from a few sources has been the end all in college football recruiting even since I woke up one morning the #2 Kicker in the nation on Rivals.com. Why did I get rated a kicker if I benched 340LBS, was able to squat nearly 600LBS, ran a 4.5, 40 yard dash and was a superior athlete on both sides of the football? Refer above to "NAME RECOGNITION." My father David Trout was a mediocre kicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a good kicker for the Championship Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars when the USFL was still around with Coach Jim Mora. So I was a kicker now even though most couldn't have put up the numbers I did at the actual NFL combine that year or even at the 2018 NFL combine. Some so-called expert saw my last name, as I hit some long kicks, and then drew their conclusion. Well, I will have much more to write now about this subject as we plan on adding another 150-200 prospects to our site that are being recruited heavily and under the radar prospects. When athletes wind up with the same S.T.E.P rating, we will launch a "FAN/Coach vote" nationally to determine the prospects ranking positioning and gauge outside perspectives.
When I was asked why I decided to start this part of my Pipeline Program, I simply said, for Scout Trout's "Mr. Football" and his brother "The Trench Monster" or the Tres Barbozas of the world. There is no end to the list of highly skilled athletes that I have had the honor to cross paths with the past three years. As we move forward with refining our system, we will always prepare as if we are fighting the same battle you young men do everyday. Our goal is not to compete with anyone else in this game, but to enlighten those who might be blinded by the fabrication of facts and start to level the playing field for the diamonds in the rough earlier in the process.
So you would think the NFL draft would be mostly 5-star recruits, as all of the major recruiting sites to deem 5-star athletes with "1st Round Draft Pick" potential. Well according to NFL.com, some 5-Star recruits fell off the map and literally could not be found on the planet or were in prison. Excerpt is linked below to ESPN.com's report.
"Not all the five-star recruits had a shot at being drafted. Two were in prison, and another faces a March trial for assault. A handful had to give up football because of injuries. A few never played a down of major-college football because of academic issues. One decided on a pro baseball career, and another chose pro track. And there are two former five-star guys whose whereabouts are unknown. We have identified those players."
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I would like to note that there were a few minor errors that will be corrected very soon, as we have hundreds of more names to add for round two of our S.T.E.P program ratings. We will have much more to add to this system that has been added to Scout Trout's pipeline program, as we prepare to S.T.E.P our games up ourselves at Scout Trout Elite LLC.
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Kyle Benedict is a flat-out brilliant receiver who was able to garner so many accolades this past season that he scored a 10 out of 10 in our S.T.E.P ratings category. Kyle has accepted his Scout Trout All-American nomination and we are extremely elated to bring this extremely diverse talent to our already star-studded roster for Class of 2019. Kyle has moved up our player ratings at the Wide Receiver position to the #1 overall prospect heading into June and deserves the top spot, as his body of work is 2nd to none in all of America. Below is a list of all of his accomplishments, stats and honors that he received last season, which have warranted his 10-point rating in our "STATS" category.
As you can see, Kyle had one of the most prolific seasons ever at the 2A level in the state of Florida, and his exhilarating play speaks volumes to his talents as a top college football recruit. Kyle was able to achieve a 15.4 S.T.E.P rating in his combine activities, as his overall athletics resemble that of a big time NFL slot receiver, which can be seen below.
These ratings are produced by the best performer in each position and as you can see, Kyle is very consistent across the board and was able to achieve a 10 out of 10 in Academics. This really helped Kyle create S.T.E.P-eration as he has an astounding 4.47 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society. Combine that with his 1270 SAT and you have a student-athlete who could possibly teach a class on his own at your university. Kyle has mastered both academia and his performance on this gridiron, as he was able to amass 983 yards receiving on 50 receptions. This whopping 19.66 yards per catch is among the best I have seen in the country for a highly targeted receiver, and in addition to his 603 returning yards, you can begin to justify his 8.39 S.T.E.P rating. Kyle was named to every all-star team under the sun in the great football state of Florida, and we our thrilled he will be competing at our 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl.
If you have not seen Kyle's film and are speculating why a 5'10, 165LB has graded out so highly, then you're not really paying attention to what it takes to succeed at an extremely high level in modern day football and have no right commenting on the subject. That being said, Kyle is one of the fastest young men we have seen off of the line of scrimmage and uses his hands very well to disengage from press coverage. Being able to create separation is what playing receiver and the recruiting process--along with mostly anything that is worthwhile--is all about and this young man exceeds expectations day in and day out. The first play of Kyle's highlights, he shows off his vertical presence, as he is able to adjust to the football perfectly while in the air, while leaping over the top of the inferior defender to make a brilliant snag. The balance Benedict is able to show after making the catch is magnificent, as he shows extraordinary "Body Control", throughout his entire film. Benedict can be seen on the next play making a swift break to the inside on the slant route, only to find himself in what appears to be a place of confinement. Kyle shows he is unafraid to make the catches with defenders closing in and somehow is able to elude all three tacklers, while showing off more supreme agility and speed. In my opinion, the best play Kyle makes comes at 1:05 into his highlights, as he runs a perfect route and is able to make a very quick witted adjustment on the football to make another mind-boggling reception. At 1:30 into his top rated S.T.E.P receiver highlights, Kyle takes advantage of a sitting duck out at defensive back, as he is inching back before the ball is snapped to avoid the inevitable. Kyle is able to extremely keenly hit the sitting duck with one of the most beautiful "stop and go" routes, as he is a master at deceiving his defender in the direction he is heading. Kyle uses short and precise cuts, along with a beautiful change of speeds that are able to leave defenders wondering why they wanted to match up against this 5'10,165 LB receiver, who plays a lot like former All-Pro New York Jets legend Wayne Chrebet! The similarities are remarkable and like it says below, if Mr. Chrebet did not suffer so many concussions, he would have racked up record amounts of yardage during his career. The main thing both of these players possess, who are generations apart, is the mentality they bring to a football team or field. Both players are extremely cunning in their decision making and run crisp routes. Not to mention, they both perform remarkable acrobatic big plays downfield. Both receivers can line up at any of the receiving positions and come with enough tenacity and grit to handle their assignment when asked to block. Both receivers show a remarkable ability in their "set up" approach to the game and are able to shred defenders with tactful footwork that only the true legends of this game possess.
Team(s): New York Jets
Years played: 1995-2005
Career stats: 580 receptions, 7365 receiving yards, 41 TDs
If not for his checkered concussion history, who knows how much more effective Wayne Chrebet could've been for the New York Jets? As is, Chrebet's story is the quintessential underdog tale. The former NCAA I-AA athlete went from a walk-on to a legitimate star in New York, serving as the Jets' first or second option for numerous seasons throughout the late '90s and early 2000s. Along with that, Chrebet was solid on third down, with 379 of his 580 career receptions coming on third-down conversions.
"It's hard to find fault in a guy who could move the chains like that." - (Gus Turner, Complex)
Nathan Roy had one of the best weeks of practice at our 2018 Scout Trout All-American Bowl week, as he came in on Monday and took full advantage of our college style playbook implementation practice sessions. Nathan Roy threw one of the best deep balls I have seen on tape and was nothing short of spectacular in our Class of 2018 All-American Bowl, as Class of 2019 players in West Virginia were allowed to participate in our event. Nathan Roy proved to me more in one half of football than any QB has thus far, in terms of mental toughness and preparedness as a Pro-Style college passing Quarterback. Both defensive units were stout on both sides of the football and Nathan Roy took shot after shot from the likes of Scout Trout's #1 rated overall JUCO prospect in Celik Curtis. With hell on earth unleashed directly in his face, Nathan was able to very collectively move the football down the field and very keenly utilized his H-BACK/TE, Chase Owen to gain large chunks of yards for Team South. As you will see in the video above, Nathan is a master at avoiding pressure in the pocket and knows how to step up and deliver the ball downfield, even in treacherous conditions. Roy shows a outstanding Football IQ and will be a All-American at whatever collegiate level he winds up playing at. West Virginia is a highly under recruited state, but it does always prove to have some diamonds in the rough from coal country that exemplify the word "TOUGH". Nathan is a gritty QB with stellar intangibles and he will continue to move up our ratings, as he is mentally prepared for the next level.
Merf Trout - Owner Scout Trout Elite LLC