Caleb Leach filled out a Scout Trout evaluation form last night and I instantly loved his style of play at the Wide Receiver and Tight End positions. What separated Leach to make him the #7 overall Tight End prospect and warrant him a 4-star prospect rating from Scout Trout? Well, out of the many pure receivers I have watched on tape, he is one of the best blockers at the line of scrimmage and in the "box". He starts off his film above with some great route running and shows off his ability to catch the ball with soft hands, while making a brilliant "back shoulder" catch. He gets up the field very quick for his size on the next play, while executing a "flood" design route concept and is able to show off his 4.7, 40-yard dash speed. The very next play shows Leach's versatility in the passing game as he makes a path through jam-packed line of scrimmage and is able to be a valuable asset for his QB who is about to take a huge sack for a loss. Leach is able to absorb three heavy blows on this play in immense traffic and is able to secure the football all the way to the ground to escape the offensive disaster that initially seemed inevitable. Caleb is lined up as a "Wing-Back" on the next play and is used in the vertical passing game directly up the "seam" of the defense. He shows great coordination and knowledge of the route's core concepts and his QB is able to find him for a huge gain on this perfectly executed "seam route". Motioning across the formation from the same alignment on the next play, Leach shows why he eclipsed a Clemson commit in my National Rankings and why he was nominated as a Class of 2019 Scout Trout All-American Early Selection! Leach is able to engage the defensive end and drive him right on his back, using a relentless motor to finish the job and propel his runner to the second level. Leach also is a very talented defensive player and can contribute heavily in any aspect of SPECIAL TEAMS. At 1:00 into his film, he darts downfield to make a beautiful "Heads Up" form tackle that is inescapable for most ball carriers, at this level and the next! We get to see more of the vertical passing game on the next play as Caleb is able to show great concentration once again in traffic, as his QB is somehow able to land the ball "over the top" of #4, who appears to be in man-to-man at the SS position. Lined up in the "Wing-Back" position again on the next play, Leach is able to execute a "kick out" block and opens a huge hole "off-tackle" –being able to turn his defender to the outside with ease. Two plays later, at around 1:45, Leach is seen running a red-zone "out route" and once again shows superior football knowledge and concentration, as he is able to locate the pylon for a touchdown. The ability to go up in traffic and make plays is key at the college level as defenses are highly active and 99% of the time are coming to inflict damage on their opponents. Caleb once again shows how valuable he is on the next play, as he goes up and makes a stunning "high pointing" catch and do a complete 180 degree turn upfield, while using a great spin move and raw power to break through would be tacklers. Caleb appears to adapt to what the defense presents on his pass routes extremely well. As seen at 2:08 into his pristine footage, he is able to fight past the first level defender who should have stayed with Caleb and realizes the safety "over the top" is to the outside. Next, Caleb is able to adjust his route to the inside to gain positioning for his QB, to make a great throw who is once again under mighty duress. He shows a great ability to go up and "high point" passes over defenders on many plays and does not shy away from contact in any aspect of the game, as you will see him "Moss" a smaller defender on the very next play. Once again, Caleb can be witnessed running a red-zone out route on the next play and gets his head around to the QB right away, while wasting no time flipping his body upfield for yet another beautiful red-zone touchdown. Caleb has NFL long snapping ability as I clocked his very accurate snap at around .2 seconds, which would make him a elite snapper at the next level, as well. After another spectacular special teams play, Caleb runs another beautiful route, which leaves his defender completely clueless on the last play of his ALL-AMERICAN and Nationally Ranked TE/H-Back highlights! Leach is your prototypical H-Back, which means he can line up anywhere on the offensive side of the football and be effective. He stands out as a Wide Receiver with his 6'4, 210LB frame and outstanding route running ability, as he uses his keen senses to find the opening and "soft spots" in a defense. He blocks tremendously well and shows toughness on both sides of the football, while exhibiting outstanding overall special teams play. He can go up over defenders and be a "safety net" for your Quarterback at ALL times, as he is not afraid to catch the ball, even if triple covered. Our #7th ranked Tight End will also be ranked in our Long Snappers category after more footage has accrued of him completing snaps like the .2 tenths of a second snap on film. All in all, Leach very well could be moving to the ATHLETE category, as we progress further into the recruiting process and college coaches make their evaluations. We take all factors into consideration when ranking our players. After speaking with this young man, he will not only succeed in the world of college football, he will thrive on the GRIDIRON and possibly even PITCH you a NO-HITTER, as he did the other night for his baseball team. Congrats on being selected as a Class of 2019 Scout Trout All-American and being ranked nationally a 4-star prospect on Scout Trout's new National College Prospect Rankings!
Sam Reed has been nominated as a Scout Trout Early Selection All-American because of his ability to completely take the top off a defense as well as his outstanding ball skills used to go up and win toss-ups that are won or lost in the air. Standing at 6'2,170LBS with about 10 more pounds of added muscle, Reed will be a big time deep threat at the division one level. Coming out of the backfield, while lined up at the H-Back position on his first play of his highlights, Sam is able to run one of Scout Trout's favorite routes–the wheel or the out-and-up. Reed is able to execute the route to perfection. After the catch, Sam is able to drag the defender a couple extra yards and shows great grit and determination in his overall style of play that is highly conducive to heavy production at the next level. Sam shows the ability to adjust well to the ball in the air and is able to locate under thrown footballs to prevent a disaster and often make a big play. But when his QB is not pressured and throwing off of his back foot, Reed can be found being hit in perfect stride. I believe, with his long stride and athletics, we can easily get 1 to 2 tenths of a second off of his 40 yard dash time. Even though Jerry Rice ran a 4.6 in his 40 yard dash, this is equivalent of being drafted in the 6th or 7th round of today's NFL Draft or going in the 1st or 2nd round. Sam gets up field very quickly in the screen game and has very good acceleration, as he is also not afraid to lower his shoulder and plow forward for extra yards. Sam can be seen around 1:08, winning a 50/50 ball and shows remarkable concentration to finish the catch. Sam averaged over 20 yards per reception this season, and when you watch how soft his hands are when catching deep, over the shoulder throws, you see the All-American athlete that Sam is and why we have selected him as an early nomination for our All-American Bowl weekend. Reed is an excellent blocker out on the edge. Once he engages, he knows how to finish his block, as seen a few plays later in his highlights. He runs at an extraordinary speed out on the next play, then proceeds to line up at Defensive back on the next play, and completely unearth the opposing receiver. You can see Sam high-pointing a spectacular interception, as he leaps completely over the receiver to create a turnover for John Carroll. Sam Reed would make a great free safety at the next level, as he gets great depth in coverage and is able to break on the football with great overall instincts. His "HOG TIED" tackling form is one of the best I have seen in how aggressively he is able to sweep the base out from a ball carrier. He completely "KILLS THEIR LEVERS", as Scout Trout likes to say. All in all, Sam Reed demonstrates exactly what it takes to compete at a high level in the world of collegiate football. I cannot be more excited that he has accepted his Scout Trout Early Nomination for our 2019 All-American Bowl!
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!
Justin Jones is my first selection for Team America and has officially been invited to join us, as we embark on our journey to the far north to take on the elite Scout Trout prospects from Canada. With the events being strategically planned by our friends from Canada (All Hail Watkins Family), we have begun our search for the best roster of prospects who aspire to take their games to the next level. We have been in talks with prospects from nearly every bordering state and in our talent rich areas of West Virginia and Ohio about obtaining passports and making the trip up to Canada this Spring/Summer.
Jones is able to pretty much do anything with a football and it is a big part of why he has been an early selection for Team America. Jones is one of the fastest players we have seen at Scout Trout and was able to post unbelievable 40-yard dash times at our Scout Trout All-American Bowl combine portion. He was also able to jump 10'0 on the Broad Jump, which is 2nd place overall behind a 10'3 jumped at our Illinois combine by Michael Johnson. Jones is one of those players who you can game plan with, much like the players listed below, who all happen to be game-changing players who are the top producers in the nation offensively for the 2015 college football season. With 12-man Canadian Football rules being implemented, Jones will be a game changer with his athletics, football IQ, and ability to throw the football for Team North. Jones is also an outstanding defensive back and is able to really stay in a receiver's hip pocket better then most I have seen at his level. I am excited about his overall effective style of play that will be beneficial to any college football unit.
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