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!
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