ESPN’s football recruiting service evaluates Nebraska high school players: Creighton’s Lechner on ESPN Watch List

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit

    Scouts Inc., the recruiting service that provides ESPN with in depth analysis of high school, college and professional players in various sports, has released evaluations of  several class of 2009 Nebraska high school football players.

    On their web site, ‘ESPN High School Football,’ Scouts Inc. states the following about how they evaluate their players:

It will evaluate talent in games on the football field rather than relying solely on combine numbers. The student athletes will be evaluated in person and on video and not by word of mouth. Every top recruit will be compared to players across the entire United States rather than only players within his region. This will allow Scouts, Inc. to judge college recruits and recruiting classes more thoroughly.”

   Accordingly, due to the fact that they place so much emphasis on film evaluation, thus far, only a few Nebraska players have been evaluated.

Scouts Inc.’s Grading System

    Scouts Inc.’s grading system is based on the following 100 point scale:

90-100   Rare —Dominating player w/rare abilities….
  80-89   Outstanding —…Ability to create mismatches could contribute as freshman.
   70-80  Good —Player does not dominate every game… could be a good D-I starter.
   60-69  Solid —Overmatched against better players… ability to contribute at D-I level.
   50-59  Prospect—Redeeming qualities but not expected to contribute at D-I level.
         45  Pending Prospect—Redeeming qualities. Have film but not evaluation.
         40  Pending Prospect—Redeeming qualities. Waiting on film.
ESPN Watch List: Player graded between 78-100 that may make ESPN’s top 150 list of the top players in the country.

How Nebraskans Graded

    So far, Creighton Prep’s big Jon Lechner is the only Nebraska player to make the ESPN  Watch List. For some reason Scout’s Inc. does not release the actual grade of players that make the “Watch List,” but we do know that his score is somewhere between 78-100.

    ESPN’s Scouts Inc. evaluations scores that have been released on Nebraska high school players are as follows:

List Updated 7/8/08

Corey Serrano, RB, North Platte—76
Eric Cummings, DT, Omaha Burke—74
Tyrone Sellers, DE, McCook—73
Vondrea Tostenson, WR, Millard South—71
Brent Webb, SF, Bellevue West—70
Eric Koehlmoos, SF, Pierce—69
Kyle Bertelsen, LB, Douglas County West69
Tyler Seals, QB, Bellevue West—68
Scott Criss, DT, Creighton Prep—67

    Scout Inc. does not just release evaluation scores. They also provide and in depth analysis of players attributes and weaknesses. You can check out what they have to say about the above recruits by clicking  here.

    Remember, Scouts, Inc. states that they evaluate these players against players from across the country.  If this be the case: It looks like the Nebraska high school football class of 2009 is shaping up to be a pretty solid bunch. And that’s what Hit News loves to see.! 

    Keep up the good work all of you coaches and players. But don’t sit back to enjoy the moment—there is much improvement to be made!  And your competition will be eager to pass you by. 




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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force


    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

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    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

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    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

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    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

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    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


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    Chadron (19-0) NR


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