Hudson Walker comes to us from El Diamante High School in the extremely competitive football state of California. With tremendous academics and overall athletics for a Class of 2020 prospect, Walker has received major interest from Stanford, Arizona State, NorthWestern, Fresno State and Princeton in his early stages of FBS/IVY League recruitment. Hudson is extremely quick off the football and possesses a tall frame that he keenly uses to create "dead plays" for his defense, even 2020 Rankingswhen he is unable to get the QB Sack to bat down passes. He is seen on the first play of his stand-out highlights making a terrific move to the inside on the offensive tackle, as he stands him straight up and is able to utilize his hands and upper body strength to remove the defender and dart to the inside for a QB sack. The speed he shows in pursuing the QB on the 2nd play is quite remarkable for a Class of 2020 D-Line prospect and is partly what secured Hudson Walker as the #2 Ranked Defensive End Prospect for Class of 2020 in the nation. When you combine his play on the field, remarkable academics, overall potential, level of competition and other intricate variables into the prospect evaluation model. You will not find to many prospects like Hudson and some of our other Class of 2020 stand-out Student-Athletes! Walker's ability to get off the football with great acceleration is a major reason for his success and when you combine this with his stellar hand placement with his overall strength, you wind up with a 5-Star Recruit in the world of Collegiate Football. Hudson is seen "keeping contain" very well at 1:12 into his highlights and is able to attack the ball carrier to make a great play in the backfield. Hudson could drop back in a 3-4 type defensive scheme and play as a stand-up linebacker, as he reminds me of a very young Jack Lambert, due to their very similar traits and body types. Especially when you see this young man's helmet fly off and him continue to FINISH another tremendous tackle in the backfield. Hudson is seen using very quick reflexes on the next play, as he is motoring after the QB at full steam and is able to stop very quickly to peel back and grab the loose fumble. The play at 2:06 is the best example of how fast Hudson is able to get from the line of scrimmage from the snap and on this play, wind up on the fumbled shotgun exchange and the QB once again. Hudson gets low and uses a great "rip and dip" move that gets him to the QB to deliver a brutal blow to his blind-side. Hudson's overall speed and acceleration is unheard of at this age, and it is a testament of the hard work he has put in during the off-season, with the same trainer Julian Edelman used to help him become so explosive. Hudson's swim move at 3:28 is one of the quickest and most effective I have seen nationally, and he shows great lateral movement when attacking the ball carriers in the running lanes. The next play, you will see more of how Hudson could stand up and play as a OLB in various collegiate defensive schemes and/or drop into coverage as a DE. Hudson is able to read screen passes instinctively, then quickly halts his pass rush to the QB to make another beautiful pass break-up. Walker is a nightmare for QB's in the 3-step passing game, as he is able to do a great job timing their release, then getting his hands up immediately upon recognition. Even when scraping down the line of scrimmage while holding the edge, Hudson is able to react extremely quickly to bat down another ball, as seen at 4:26 into his highlights. Hudson is seen beaming down field on Kickoff team on the last few plays of his Class of 2020 #2 Nationally Ranked College Football Prospect Footage and once again shows his speed training is paying off. Hudson was the only sophomore in his league to receive an "All-League" selection, and you can certainly see why on his highlights above. When it comes to judging upside and overall potential, I was deemed the best, by one of the best ever in D1 College Football recruiting. I do not see this kid failing, on or off the field at the next level and have deemed him a 5-Star prospect (Pro-Potential), based off of known FACTS, visible translations to some of the greats in our game (Lambert/JJ Watt) and my precise knowledge of what it takes to succeed at a high level in the sport of football. When the Top 100 comes out for Class of 2020, be sure to look for this young man to be among the very top of THE SCOUT TROUT ELITE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROSPECT RANKINGS!
Owen Easley has one of the strongest arms you will see on tape. Not only can he can effortlessly "flick" the ball downfield 50 plus yards and is extremely accurate when doing so, even when under constant duress. I rated Owen my #8 Pro Style QB nationally starting out, as he possesses all of tools to be a big time QB at the College Football level. He works very well in the pocket and shows a very keen football IQ, as he is able to step up in the pocket and deliver strikes. 90% of the throws you see Owen make on tape are under intense pressure and with a 19-3 TD to INT ratio, this shows he can not only be a superior dealer of the football, but also create big plays downfield, even when all seems lost. Watching Owen work in the 3-step passing game, he shows me very good overall mechanics, as he hits his back foot and is able to transition his body weight into a very fluent and quick release to throw with pin-point accuracy and velocity. The "shoulder manipulation" Owen shows at 1:30 working out of the Shot-Gun, shows me Easley will easily be able to dissect a defense from a spread style attack, that suits his skill set wonderfully. The quick pump fake to the outside receiver on the "bubble screen" is able to hold the outside corner for a split second and makes the inside S/LB in man coverage fly to the bubble-screen. The ability to re-coil and deliver a strike up the seam for a TD, remind me a lot of Drew Brees of the Saints, along with Aaron Rodgers, as they are both masters of manipulation on a opposing defense. At 1:40, Owen shows he can fit the ball into tight spaces and is seen throughout his film throwing the ball to a point where only his receiver can make play on the football. The very next play, Easley is seen making a great quick fake to his full back and throws the ball to the "back shoulder" of his receiver to avoid the safety coming from "over the top", who probably froze for the split second needed on the beautiful run fake. You will watch more of the 3-step passing game on the next few plays and how quickly the ball gets out of this young man's hand with velocity and precision. Owen has a wonderful throwing motion and wastes very little energy in his delivery. He is also able to throw magnificent "touch passes" downfield, as seen at 2:38, where he drops one right over the the corners out-stretched arm and into his receivers bread basket. Once again, at 2:51, you will see how accurate Owen is on his red-zone "touch passes", as this fade is thrown with impeccable timing and accuracy to convert yet another spectacular touchdown. As I reach the end of his phenomenal highlights, I have seen very few that can throw the ball with such precision and timing on "fade routes" that also show the overall mechanics needed to excel at a high level in the world of college football. Easley demonstrates the ability to run the football, but Owen is the type of QB who is going to fully analyze all of his options, before resorting to his legs. I am extremely pleased that Owen Easley has accepted his Scout Trout Class of 2019 Early All-American Nomination, and we now have 3 QB's per team, as he is our 6th All-American Quarterback commitment! Congrats on joining Scout Trout Elite and being named a Scout Trout All-American and our initial #8 National Ranked Pro-Style Quarterback! Keep up the fantastic work!
2017 Senior BOwl to 2018 (NOW)
Jimmy Bates came to my first ever Scout Trout event at the 2017 NFL Reese's Senior Bowl weekend and admittedly needed work on his combine technique. Jimmy impressed many big time D1 alumni that day. In fact, he was all I heard them talk about after the event, as he had a great frame and used it very well on the defensive side of the football in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7 drills. That weekend, I helped Jimmy get down to a 4.6, 40 yard dash, and after I left Mobile and headed back to Denver, all I kept thinking about was how this kid could translate to a big time Tight-End or H-Back for the next level. Jimmy is such a well-rounded and gifted athlete that this year, I initially ranked him as a Strong Safety. However, going back through his camp footage I realized I was 100% correct in my evaluation, as I have not wavered on any athlete, as far as their overall upside is concerned since I began this journey in the world of college football coaching and recruiting. As you will see in the video above, Jimmy has all of the athletics to be a big time college football player and demonstrates an extremely keen ability to pick up our detail oriented training extremely fast and comprehensively. Jimmy has a 3.9 GPA and a 20 on his ACT, and has since improved his bench press max to 280LBS! When you compare this brute strength that is exhibited in his linebacker film when you watch him make bone-shattering tackles and his 4.4, 40 yard dash speed, along with a 4.08 shuttle and 10 foot broad jump. You will begin to see exactly why I ranked him so highly among the nation's top athlete prospects. Jimmy was not used on the offensive side of the football this past year, so I wanted to show off exactly how I would utilize this ELITE athlete in the passing game, as I know he will knock you on your back in the box as far as blocking is concerned. Jimmy SHOCKED me with his uncanny route running ability and how he easily and precisely he can locate the football while maintaining body control on the sidelines. Jimmy exemplifies what it takes to be a Scout Trout All-American for the Class of 2019 and proves to be an elite athlete in the eyes of Scout Trout and his peers of former big time college and pro football players. Jimmy will prove to be a hammer as a linebacker and also as a lead blocker if he gets his opportunity to blow up opposing defenders out of the backfield or at the Tight End position. At 6'2, 205LBS, Jimmy will easily be about 6'3-6'4 and with his remarkable skill set and work ethic in the weight room yielding 225-230LBS, Bates epitomizes a prototypical H-Back at the next level. I am excited to work with Jimmy more over the course of the spring and summer in beautiful Biloxi, Mississippi where I have been training in the sand for 3-4 months.
Check out Jimmy as a OLB coming off the edge below! He had about 75 total tackles last season and we will be getting more footage soon of our #9 Overall ranked ATH in America!
Tyler Dobbs is one of the most well rounded Linebacker/Fullback prospects I have seen on tape and his academics are IVY league material, as he boasts a 3.88 GPA. With 4.6 speed and a powerfully built frame, I initially graded Dobbs, as an MLB when I watched his tape, but I am also going to be adding him to the FB category in our Class of 2019 rankings today. You will watch Dobbs savagely play the role of the "clean up man" on the first play of his Class of 2019 highlights and completely unearth the defender and he hits the ball carrier so hard that his helmet is removed rapidly. The second play with Dobbs at fullback, you will witness his game changing speed for his size at that position, as he bursts through the hole and is able to break two tackles, while utilizing a beautiful stiff on his way to pay-dirt. Dobbs is able to instinctively read the next play and reacts spontaneously to devour the running back for a loss on the swing pass. Dobbs shows outstanding tackling abilities and is able to kill the ball carriers "levers" and stop them dead in their tracks. His quickness and speed off the snap is very impressive and he has a very keen sense on his pursuit angles. Dobbs is seen wonderfully "scraping" down the line of scrimmage at :50 seconds into his highlights and once again is able to up end the ball carrier with his stellar tackling skills. He takes on blockers very well using his hands to get separation or gain leverage to keep contain, and reads plays instantaneously, like the QB draw at 1:10, to inflict damage on his opponents. At around 1:46, Dobbs is seen once again completely obliterating another back on a swing pass, and his speed to the football is very visible. One of the best overall "form tackles" you will witness on the next play, as Dobbs keeps his head up and drives himself through the hip of the ball carrier to lay him flat on his back. Dobbs shows a great "power" style of running and epitomizes a college fullback. With his 4.6 speed, he could also be a very good to elite running back at the college level, as well. With his academics and amazing athletics demonstrated on the football field, Tyler Dobbs came in as my 11th ranked overall MLB upon initial evaluation. The fact that he makes me struggle on whether or not to move him to my #1 or #2 ranked Fullback overall, should attest to his capabilities as a ball carrier. Tyler has accepted his Scout Trout Class of 2019 All-American nomination, and we are extremely excited to see this young man progress into a big time NCAA Collegiate Football player!