Evan Greve is a RELENTLESS linebacker who can fit in a variety of different defensive schemes at the next level and create massive problems for an offense. He is one of the best Hybrid OLB's I have seen for the Class of 2019 at being able to "hold the edge" and uses his 6'4-225-LB-frame masterfully to disengage from oncoming blockers. You see this on the first play of his junior season highlights, as he appears to be caught inside. Evan is able to use his extremely "active" hands to scrape back to the outside to gain positioning, while keeping his eyes locked in the backfield to make a beautiful stop at the line of scrimmage. You see more of the same active hands on the next play, as Evan is able to detach nearly instantaneously from the receiver attempting to pin him down inside to make another sizzling stop at the line of scrimmage. On the third play, Evan drops into zone coverage perfectly and is able to keep his eyes locked on the QB in order to slide into perfect positioning to take an interception all the way for a touchdown! He shows more outstanding ability playing up in the 8-man box on the next play, as he delivers a bone-shattering hit on the ball carrier in the backfield. His ability to line up and play in the trenches at such a high level and then drop into pass coverage can be seen once again, as Evan is able drop into the flats and devour the screen play at 1:00 minute into his nationally ranked highlights. Evan also can dominate in the middle of a defense and is seen creating pressure up the A-gaps, as he athletically swifts his way to a QB sack. Evan is exceptionally quick to the football at around 1:52 and is able to read plays using his quick synaptic thinking, as he is a remarkably keen linebacker and obviously going to make a huge impact on any defense at the next level. This young man's play has a uncanny resemblance to last year's Oklahoma State signee Braden Spicer, who played with the same aggression and outstanding technique as Evan Greve exhibits in his highly graded junior season game film. All in all, I do not see many being able to "get the edge" on this young man, as he shows superior athletics and knowledge of how to use his God-given talent at the Hybrid OLB position. He also is one heck of a MLB and can slide into pass coverage better than most young men at his size. Evan Greve is a player who is going to benefit from our new Scout Trout Numerical rating algorithm, which is being input this weekend as prospects are graded on 12 components that are needed to excel at a high level in the world of college football on and off the field. Thank you Evan Greve for accepting your Scout Trout All-American Nomination and best of luck at the NorthWest Showcase and USC Rising Stars camps!
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Anthony Zimmerman comes to us from Hershey High School in Pennsylvania and is one of the most tenacious and technically sound linebackers I have seen for the Class of 2020. With the ability to diagnose plays extremely quickly, Zimmerman is in the backfield time and time again, creating havoc for his opponents. On the first play of Anthony's All-American highlights, you will see him gain perfect inside leverage with his arm extended to keep the offensive linemen off of him and then is able to make a bone shattering tackle deep into the opponents backfield. As a blitzing linebacker, Zimmerman is one of the quickest I have seen through the gap and he is able to once again meet the ball carrier as soon as he receives the hand-off. Zimmerman plays with great acceleration and speed on both sides of the football, while he also is a featured fullback in the traditional wing-t offense. He proves to be a tough runner with great instincts and vision when taking the read-option hand offs and wastes no time getting the ball moving downhill for big chunks of yards. Zimmerman's special teams play is what garnered him his teams specialist MVP award, as he is a master at blocking punts and kicks alike. Anthony keenly lines up over center and uses his supreme athletics to accelerate past the long snapper before he can get his head up to locate Anthony to make his block. Even when the Guard is able to step down to attempt to fill the A-GAP, Anthony proves to be to quick and keeps his pad level perfect, along with being able to gain instant leverage going through the hole and than is able to perfectly time his blocked punts and kicks. Anthony can be seen coming off the edge at around 3:00 minutes into his film and comes unblocked to get to the proper ball trajectory point and make another game-changing play. Anthony shows stellar ability when he performs inside "stunts" on opposing field goal block unit and is even seen twisting to the opposite gap so instinctively he is able to create dynamic plays on special teams at any given moment of a contest. Anthony is seen playing with great leverage and overall technique in the box, as time and time again, he is able to use his hands swiftly and precisely to detach from oncoming blockers in order to find the ball carrier. Anthony led the Varsity Ball Club at Hershey High School in tackles this past season and was a dominant force on special teams, which helped garner his Scout Trout Class of 2020 All-American nomination and #4 overall national linebacker ranking. With Anthony's stellar athletics and tackling ability, while also being coached by a former Penn State and Oakland Raider stand-out Linebacker in Bani Gbadyu, who had this to say about Class of 2020 All-American Anthony Zimmerman.
"Anthony was a better LB as a Sophomore than I was in High School, and he was a pleasure to coach, and Anthony is one heck of an Athlete”! That's saying a lot coming from a player from Linebacker U, and who was picked up by the Oakland Raiders".
One thing I learned about linebackers who played the game and thrived at the highest level is that they will not fabricate their evaluations on a young student-athlete. Zimmerman shows all of the characteristics of another big time talent from "Linebacker U" and will be a joy to watch this year on the gridiron in the heavily talented and tough football state of Pennsylvania.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Terry Byers 6'2,205LB #2 Ranked MLB CLass of 2019 Arnold HS (FL) - All-American Report
Terry Byers has accepted his Scout Trout Class of 2019 All-American nomination and we are extremely excited to have this phenomenal linebacker on our roster. Byers led 5A football in the State of Florida in tackles and shows excellent lateral movement in being able to cover sideline to sideline. I rated Terry very highly nationally because along with his extraordinary lateral movement, he is a excellent ball hawk in pass coverage and shows great overall football instincts. Byers possesses a very high football IQ and has all of the tools to one day be just as good or better than Brain Urlacher, as his game portrays many similarities and is why he comes in at our #15 rated prospect on our Top 100. The first play of his highlight's you will see Terry make a quick read on the pass play and be able to flip his hips on a 45 degree angle extremely quickly to position himself in perfect coverage on the opposing Tight End. As he is getting positioned, Terry immediately gets his head turned directly to the QB and he is able to intuitively take away any chance of a completion as he quickly is able to make a very athletic interception on the football. Terry shows great overall field awareness and is a true testament to his skill at the linebacker position. Terry is seen on the next play accelerating extremely well and is able to meet the ball carrier and upon contact, drive him tenaciously to the turf. On most pass plays in this footage, you will see Terry make great decisive reads and is at the ball before the receiver can begin downfield. Terry is extremely fast for a class of 2019 LB and his acceleration out of his breaks will prove to get faster and these tackles will start to turn into pass break-ups and pick sixes! At 1:08, Terry is able to diagnose the screen pass right away and once again performs a flawless "form tackle" and is able to make another bone-crushing tackle. He makes another tackle that lands the ball carrier viciously on his back and is able to control a game from the MLB position with his high motor and gritty style of play. The fumble Terry causes at around 2:00 minutes, shows what kind of overall strength this young man possesses, as the ball carrier immediately loses the ball, upon running into this young locomotive. Terry is shown taking great backside pursuit angles and never gives up on a play, as he knows he has the athletic ability and determination to hawk any ball carrier down, no matter the distance. Byers shows more great ability in covering from sideline to sideline and then at 6:05, you will witness how fast Byers is through the gap as a blitzing MLB, as he is able to breakthrough the backfield and tackle the ball carrier for a 5 yard loss. Terry is able to show extreme quickness on this play and fires off the football so quick that the center has no chance to get out of his stance to block him. Byers is probably the best overall linebacker I have seen in zone and man coverage, as he very keenly is able to knock receivers off their routes, within the 5 yard limit and is always aware of the flight of the football. You will see him make a brilliant overall play and interception at around 6:48, which verifies my overall synopsis of the #2 rated LB prospect in the nation and the state of Florida's 5A leading tackler. Terry Byers has accepted his invitation as a Scout Trout All-American and we could not be happier to add him to our star studded roster of college bound athletes! Keep grinding bro and thanks for being apart of Scout Trout!
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!
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