How to Get Ranked in Hawaii High School football
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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Watching Jonah Carnell perform on the football field is like watching a ball of electricity take the gridiron, as he has off-the-charts athletics for his class and demonstrates superior play in the talent-heavy state of California. Separated by just 8 minutes from one of the best running dual-threat Quarterbacks and athletes we have witnessed for the Class of 2021 in Branden Alvarez. Jonah and Branden will be be competing for national attention for the next three years. I have yet to witness two stand-out athletes at this age attending school in such a close proximity in over 20 years of being involved with football at a high level. Our initial rankings for the Class of 2021 are going to be separated using our S.T.E.P ratings system, as these initial rankings are not reflective of where these young man could be ranked come time for their class' initial S.T.E.P ratings. If I were one of these two outstanding athletes, I would certainly attempt to compete daily to create separation at a national level. Competition will breed greatness and start to mold you for the next level at a much quicker rate. For now, let's talk specifically about Jonah Carnell and what he brings to the table as an exceptional college football recruit.
On the very first play of Jonah's exhilarating Class of 2021 nationally ranked highlights, you can witness the translation of his verified 4.6 speed as he "STEMS" his defender inside, making a beautiful adjustment to the football. After completing the catch, he visibly is able to create separation and pull away from the pack for a touchdown. Carnell exhibits very keen awareness at the safety position and, as you will see on the very next play, likes to bring CARNAGE in a literal sense to his opponents. Carnell is seen reading the QB precisely and gets a beautiful jump on the "seam" route, as he is able to arrive with supreme authority and dislodge the football with tenacity. I am still trying to find what "key", Carnell was reading on his third play, as he obviously studied his opponents' tendencies remarkably and very visibly gets a huge jump on the WR screen pass. Jonah knifes about 15-20 yards from the free safety position and is able to completely kill the play in the backfield with his intense yet tactful tackling form. Back at the receiver position, Carnell is able to make adjustments to the deep ball in the air very well and is a downright scary runner to tackle for any defense with the explosive athletics that he possesses. Once again as a DB, Carnell can be seen making two more perfect reads in a row and demonstrates superior footwork, as he is able to put himself in perfect positioning to make the interceptions. Carnell flips his hips extremely well and executes yet another interception back for a touchdown, at the 1:20 mark. Carnell's catch at 1:52 should spark interest in the highest levels of college football, as once again he is able to track down an under-thrown football and make a remarkable catch, while exhibiting supreme body control. Jonah is a beast in the screen game and is also seen lining up as a ball carrier. At 2:38, while making a game-changing fumble recovery for Norco, he is able to abstract the football from the ball carrier with his great football instincts. The play at 3:11, that is called incomplete, looks to me as if it should have made onto ESPN's Top Plays, as he appears to be able to drag a toe or two behind him on his spectacular defended pass. Carnell uses great agility and precise "in and out" movements in his return game, as seen on his 75-yard punt return for a touchdown at 3:20 into his stellar tape. The rest of his highlights continually demonstrate Carnell's outstanding body control and play at wide receiver, along with his extraordinary play at the safety position. All in all, both of these prospects are among the nation's elite when it comes to sheer athletics, academics, football play and the early intangibles these two nationally ranked prospects display. It is going to be a fun three years watching them compete, and I am sure they will find a way to make each-other and their teammates better overall, as they both appear to possess numerable leadership qualities that will benefit not only their respective ball clubs, but their future Universities. Thank you, Mr. Carnell for enrolling Jonah in the Scout Trout Elite Pipeline program and may you both "Hold the Rope" for the Class of 2021 student-athletes in the historically talented football state of California.
Branden Alvarez 5'11,175LB ATH Class of 2021 Centennial HS (CA) - Elite Prospect Report - June 1st Update
Branden Alvarez is a very popular athlete, as his initial report had many retweets that were stating the many positions that Branden excelled at on the football field. His film below shows him playing at the QB position in more of a "Wild-Cat" type scheme, as the game-plan appeared to be to keep the ball in the best athletes hands at all times, and Alvarez delivered nearly every time with a brilliant display of overall athletics. The film above is Branden's prior 8th grade season and he once again proves to be one of the most agile players in his class. His flourishing play has caught the eye of one of the best coaching staffs I know, as Coach Edwards and Coach Likens lead Arizona State into a new era of PAC-12 championship caliber play. Branden fits the mold of a high energy Coach Likens wide receiver recruit, as Coach Likens is arguably the best in the game at teaching the game of football for the position. At Around :48 seconds, Branden is somehow able to squeeze his way through multiple defenders after beautifully bouncing his run to the outside. He shows outstanding ability once again in the return game and is able to find all cut-back lanes while moving the ball downfield. Alvarez can even be seen coming off the edge as a defensive end or outside linebacker and shows more of why he has been deemed an all-around athlete on the gridiron. Centennial's mascot is also a Husky, which are known as "escape artists" and Alvarez shows he fits the mold of an elite Siberian Husky. Much like another husky I know (Daimarqua Foster), Alvarez shows supreme intangibles on the football field, along with stellar academics. They both also can line up in multiple positions on the football field and possess outstanding combine athletics. The cunning husky-like escape that Alvarez is able to demonstrate at around 3:52 into yet another magnificent highlight, will leave you gasping for air and possibly a new collateral knee ligament. Branden is able to vivaciously elude an array of defenders, as he uses a very keen change of speeds in his eclectic style of running. At 4:57 into his footage, Alvarez is able to hurdle over the defender, imitating top running back of Class of 2017 Najee Harris, who signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Branden shows more remarkable play in the air at the receiver position to end his 8th grade season and has one of the brightest outlooks, as far as overall potential our concerned for a Class of 2021 Student-Athlete. Branden and his counterpart Jonah Carnell will be creating "S.T.E.P-eration" daily from their peers, as they develop into Scout Trout Diamonds in Rough.
Class of 2021 phenom Branden Alvarez is a tremendous student-athlete who hails from Norco, CA and has been added to Scout Trout's 2021 National Rankings list and Elite Scouting database, as an ATH. Branden possesses uncanny 4.6 speed for his age and his bedazzling play can be witnessed in his Class of 2021 highlights featured above. Playing as a Dual Threat QB, Branden can be seen running a beautiful zone-read option attack extremely efficiently for massive amounts of yardage. Alvarez rides out his zone-read fakes very well and you will witness the defensive end at :24 seconds into his tape, have no clue where the football is and Alvarez is able to swiftly take the ball around the edge to show off Russell-Wilson-like agility down the sideline. His next run is simply off the charts when it comes to athletics at this age, as Alvarez is able to once again make multiple defenders miss with his keen and swift change of direction. This shifty ball carrier is very good at setting defenders up with his in and out cuts (jukes) and then breaking back to the opening with outstanding acceleration. Even thou Branden is fantastic at making defenders miss, he also demonstrates immense power and grit in his running style, as he is seen breaking tackle after tackle in his extremely successful freshmen season highlights above. Branden has all of the tools to be extremely successful the next three years of his young but stellar high school career and also brings an extremely high grade in his "intangibles" S.T.E.P rating category, as he possesses outstanding character, work ethic, leadership skills and is extremely coach-able from multiple sources. I am extremely pleased to welcome Branden Alvarez to the Scout Trout Elite ATH database and also for making our Top Class of 2021 National Rankings list! With your body of work and work ethic, you will be moving up the board with NO DOUBT!
Jared Pickens is a complete total package football prospect and is a brilliant up and coming Class of 2020 prospect at the Center and Long Snapper positions. Coming out of Lebanon Trail High School in Texas, Jared is seen using great technique in both the run and passing game, as he is one of the best interior linemen I have seen at finishing his blocks. Pickens shows great footwork in staying in front of his opponent when pass blocking and forming the pocket for his QB. Jared is one of the best snappers, as far as speed and accuracy are concerned in the nation, and has been ranked as the #1 Long snapper after watching how perfect he is able to deliver the ball to his QB and/or place holder. Jared is also an outstanding run blocker and after he completes his flawless shot-gun snaps, he is seen engaging and keeping his strong legs churning to completely control his defender, while finishing his blocks. Pickens is excellent at turning his defender the proper direction per play design and uses great technique that even Nick Saban himself took notice to at his 2016 and 2017 camps. Jared was named to the All-Saban Team as a Long Snapper and also as a Tight End in 2016, while in 2017 being named to the All-Saban Team as a Long Snapper once again. Being such a asset at so many different positions throughout Pickens young career shows the versatility he will bring the next few years to the field and when he arrives at the next level. Jared is able to snap the football between .2-.3 tenth's of a second back to his place holder, who is able to place the ball effortlessly to the turf, because of Jared's impeccable accuracy on his field goal snaps. The efficiency, timing and mechanics exhibited are some of the best in the game, and he can even snap the ball faster I am told if directed to. This young man has a scary resemblance to a hall of fame center named Mike Webster, who snapped for my father on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pickens will be coming to snap and play all over the field at our 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl! There will plenty to update as the season goes on about this young man, as he is a consistent hard worker that works daily to perfect his craft, as well as being a stand-out student-athlete!
"Foos scrambled to the outside to avoid pressure but got taken down at the line of scrimmage on first down. On the next play, Foos was being pressured again and avoided being taken down, launching the ball downfield to DJ Ruffing for a 54 yard score to take the 24-21 lead with less than a minute to play." Dan Klish The Advertiser Tribune
DJ Ruffing first was able to crack our top athletes and specialists list as an elite kickoff/punt return prospect, after averaging over 50 yards a return when he got to go back deep. He also showed out of this world agility in the way he was able to operate in the open field. When you combine his stellar overall athletics and style of play, he could make a instant impact on special teams, as a true freshmen scholarship athlete. After further evaluating this young phenom, I ranked him the #3 overall slot receiving prospect, but he very well could fit in our heavily talented ATH category, as he is extremely cunning and tenacious defensive back. The first play of Ruffing's All-American highlights, shows the play everyone was talking about in the Northern Ohio area in the following weeks of the "Final-minute magic" that DJ and the Tigers were able to produce under immense pressure to remain undefeated. Luckily, DJ Ruffin is accustom to making big plays under pressure, as he shows a passion for the game of football and is a true "GAMER" in every sense of the word. It appears as if DJ was Foos' number one target from the start, as he is rolling towards DJ's corner route and never deters from locating the young super-star, who reminds me of a mix between Wes Welker and Fred Biletnikoff. Both of these elite receivers were considered too small to play in the NFL, but proved that paying attention to detail was the easiest way to create separation. They were able to work in unison with their elite QB's, who were masters of manipulating a defense themselves. On the end around that DJ is able to leave everyone in the dust, he is able to cover the last 40 yards in a astonishing 4.38 seconds! DJ's first kickoff return on film comes at :42 seconds into his #3 ranked overall slot receiver footage. Ruffing is seen fielding a wet football and then begins to concisely shred the opposing team's kickoff unit, as he is bedazzling to watch, as DJ uses a quick synaptic spin and then a extremely quick cut to wind up in the open field. Once another defender attempts to get Ruffin from behind, he is able to rip loose and very quickly trek his way through the muddy grass to pay dirt. The next play after is one of the best tackles I have seen from a 2019 CB prospect, as DJ is able to completely UNEARTH the ball carrier as the far side corner on film. This not only shows the strength DJ has developed, but also a display of sheer grit and determination to get the job accomplished, along with explosive tackling technique that is inescapable. The next play, DJ is shown lined up in the slot in a 5 receiver spread set and is used as the "speed sweep" back, as he somehow once again dances through a hungry sea of piranha with no regard for the blood they seek to savagely extract. DJ is a extremely well-rounded football player and can even play some backyard football, as seen at around 2 minutes into his All-American highlights, which is able to keep the play alive and avoid negative plays. Ruffin is in great position in man to man coverage on the next play and is able to stay in the receivers "inside hip pocket" until he quickly locates the severely under thrown pass and makes another big play for the Tigers with the interception. Getting DJ out on screens and in the flats is vital for his success, as once he is able to get just a sliver of daylight he is gone in a flash and you better be ready to hit the NOS button, as you most likely will not have enough HIGH OCTANE GAS to keep up with this Scout Trout All-American. The jump-cut that Ruffing is able to make at around 2:42 into his film, looked a lot like a Danny Woodhead or Darren Sproles in the way he so decisively and instantaneously sets the defender up to the outside, only to maneuver his way expeditiously for another big play for the Tiger offense. Big time receivers with DJ's skill set a lot of times are found taking plays off when they are not being targeted with the pigskin. DJ is the complete opposite and shows he not only can "stalk block" with the best of them, but he is a main reason the Tiger's running back's have a proper alley to run through. At 2:52, you will see one of the best block's to cave down a cornerback and open up the outside running lane for the Tiger ball carrier. DJ is seen in more screen action on the next play and once again, DJ shows superior acceleration and his initial "burst" after catching the football is one of the quickest up field I have seen on tape. This method of offense of not giving the defense time to react to certain plays or situations is used heavily at the next level and a big reason you have seen such influx in scoring in College Football, over the decades. When you watch Ruffing run more extremely effective speed sweeps, you can also see him lining up in the backfield from time to time and being utilized in the run game and out of the backfield catching passes, at the next level. DJ is seen showing more exceptional blocking at 3:48 into his film and once again, DJ is able to engage with his defender and completely control where he wants to move him. In this instance, he is able to ride him all the way to the sideline. As I watch more fantastic defensive play at corner and with remarkable special teams skills, DJ will most likely be moved to the ATH category as we progress in the recruiting process. He can certainly play both sides of the football at a very high level and I would not dare kick him the football his senior year. I believe at any given moment, DJ Ruffing can change the entire complex of a game, as he has big play potential written all over him for the next level! Congrats DJ on being named a Scout Trout All-American and being named our #2 Return man overall and our #3 initial slot receiver in the nation!
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!
Jones comes to Scout Trout from Mt. Tabor high school in Winston Salem, NC and has the athletics and academics to garner him an initial national ranking at #13 in our athlete rankings. Our athlete category is bedazzling when you turn on the best America has to offer thus far, and Jones has the ability to move up our rankings if he maintains the progression rate he has shown so far. The ability to make an immediate impact on special teams is big for college recruiters and coaches, as many prospects will either "redshirt" or start as a backup player upon arrival at their first summer camp. Jones not only exhibits superior special teams play, but has the grit and determination to succeed overall in our beloved game. On the opening play of Dashawntreas' highlights, you will witness his amazing 4.5 speed and outstanding acceleration out of the slot position. Jones is able accelerate so quickly off the snap that he leaves the defender assigned to him in man-to-man coverage completely in the dust. Accelerating at this level is the quickest way to EXPOSE an inferior defender and create separation in man-to-man coverage. The QB does a wonderful job in getting the ball to Jones as soon as he is about to clear the defender, as he does not have the "hip-flexion" to be able to stay with this young race horse. As you will see, when you hit this young man in stride, it is off to the races, and there are not too many in America that are going to catch this resilient athlete. I would also like to note that Jones has a very fluent and natural running style that translates to getting even faster in the near future. He is an animal on special teams and once again shows off his speed and acceleration as he makes a beautiful tackle after darting down field like a screaming banshee. Watching Jones fly down field and the hustle he shows on kickoff and kickoff return, make me believe he could be a very valuable DB at the next level, as he has superior tackling skills. Lined back up at Receiver at 1:16 into All-American highlights, Jones exhibits stellar blocking ability as an outside receiver and shows great skills in close hand-to-hand combat, as he is able to control his opponent turning him to the inside for his teams ball carrier. You will witness an even better block on the next play, as the defender knows it is a run and Jones is able to put him "ON SKATES" and drives him back into the end-zone. Showing the ability to finish blocks at this age for a receiver/athlete prospect tells me this young man is a complete receiver for the next level and can line up at slot or on the outside. With his exceptional blocking skills Jones is able to create a outstanding disillusion in play action, as you will see on the next play. When the QB fakes the "zone-option" play, defenders are going to be flying up in order to avoid being driven against their will to whatever destination Jones chooses. Jones then is able to use his extreme quickness, acceleration and speed to blow past defenders en-route to completely toast the defenders assigned to him. Lined up at the Corner position at 1:44 into his footage, Jones plays man-to-man coverage precisely and is able to stay in the receivers hip pocket, using A+ "Hip Flexion" to flip his body into position and then is able to wonderfully locate the football at its highest point of flight, using a great vertical leap to break up the pass. The next play shows me this young man NEVER takes a play off, as he is on the opposite side and is able to PANCAKE his defender directly on his back, once again showing superior hand placement and overall football skill to get the job done. On the final play of his Scout Trout All-American highlights, Dashawntreas shows an uncanny ability and football IQ in his ability to work back to the open area of the football field, as he notices his QB is under duress to make a great play for a touchdown. Overall, with a 3.25 GPA and 20 ACT score, Jones exhibits all of the characteristics of a big time college football player and with more fine tuning to his already spectacular skill set, he will be among the ELITE when his high school career comes to its conclusion and his journey into the world of college football begins! Congrats on securing your Scout Trout Class of 2019 All-American Bowl nomination and we our extremely excited to add you to our already star studded roster!
Cameron Dyer has been selected as a Scout Trout Elite Early Selection All-American. When you watch his magnificent highlights above, you will begin to see why we think he is going to be a big time college football player. Dyer is an outstanding prospect on both sides of the football and is remarkable at locating the ball while positioning his body to make the play. Whether it be as a defensive back or a receiver, Cameron wins the battle in the air nearly every time he goes up for the football. With nearly a 15 yards per catch average his junior year on 17 receptions for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, Dyer is going to be the go-to man this season, as he has the potential to deliver huge chunks of yardage for his offensive unit. Cameron already has 4 interceptions for his high school career, and when you watch him play up in the box at 6'1,190LBS, you start to see a very versatile, next level free or strong safety. Lined up at cornerback, at around 1:10 into his impressive highlights, Dyer uses great form on the "jam" technique and never lets the receiver get off the line of scrimmage. Dyer proves to be a great outside stalk blocker in his film and a very gritty runner after the catch. On the second to last play, Dyer shows his determination and high motor, as he is able to hawk down a ball carrier from behind using great hustle and speed. When it comes to all-around ball players and the ability to "high point" the football in immense traffic, there are few that are as good as this Scout Trout All-American Class of 2019 Early Selection, and we are happy he has accepted his early nomination!
Zayne Guthrie is a stand-out Quarterback, out of Addison High School, in our host state of Alabama. When it comes to dual-threat Quarterback's, Zayne reminds me of the Heisman Trophy winner, Eric Crouch, in the way he is able to operate in the option game, while throwing extremely effectively, while on the run. Zayne is very nifty with his run fakes in the option game, which creates a blind eye for the defense, as they have no idea which man will be toting the rock downfield. In the very start of Guthrie's highlight's, you will witness his game breaking speed, as he is able to swiftly maneuver between defenders and break to daylight, while running away from the competition. Guthrie can even be seen taking the ball on kickoff return, using the same agility and athletic prowess, to set his team up with prime field position. At around 2 minutes, Zayne can be seen taking the snap on a QB power and much like Eric Crouch, he is able to use amazing agility and subtle changes of speed, to elude defenders, on his way to pay dirt. Do not let Zayne's great running ability fool you, as he can also push the ball downfield with precision and accuracy, as seen at around 2:15 into his fantastic junior year highlight's. A few plays later, Zayne is seen scrambling to the left and delivers a perfect touch pass to his receiver for another long touchdown. His throw on the run, at around 3:30 into his highlight's, shows me he can really push the ball downfield with very good velocity, which will benefit him in the world of collegiate football. Zayne is a nightmare for a defense, while in the pocket, as he is able to weave in and out of defenders and if a play breaks down, will be off to the races in a flash! This young phenom will be competing at the 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl and I am extremely pleased with the talent the host state has presented us, as we inch closer to showtime! I want to thank Zayne and his family for joining the Scout Trout Militia and I also want to thank his teammate, Class of 2018 All-American Tyler Borden, for alerting Scout Trout to this wonderful talent from Alabama!
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