If Charles Fishbein were to list all the players he has been responsible for helping to receive a college football scholarship the past six years, the pages would be filled with success stories.
At a time when everyone is hawking their off season camps and combines throughout the state, Fishbein has been there along the way - fulfilling the promises made when the athletes headed to his combines.
The horror stories that you hear about different companies promising scholarships if athletes attend their events has now played out with many coaches and players catching on. Parents are also seeing for themselves who are the ones telling the truth when it comes to landing a coveted scholarship.
With one of the most complete and rewarding events that will be held anywhere in South Florida, the annual Elite Scouting Services combine, which will be hosted on Saturday, Mar. 17 at Cardinal Gibbons High school in Fort Lauderdale, gets players, coaches and parents involved - and that's something that brings in nearly 200 players each year.
"What our combines have always been about is getting the athletes promoted and placed," said Fishbein. "We have people running these events with nearly 50 years of combine/camp experience, which is something nobody can truthfully say."
With current NFL stars such as Patrick Peterson, Cory Liuget, Demarcus Van Dyke as well as college standouts such as E.J. Manual and Eli Rogers, the ESS events have been able to attract top-flight players because of the competition that exists during the football portion of the combine.
More recruiting evaluators and media members attend the ESS events because there are no restrictions and every player is open to be interviewed, evaluated and photographed throughout the day. That is a huge part of any event that is held.
"Charles and his team at Elite Scouting have a solid reputation with players, coaches and parents," said Ken Mastrole of the Mastrole Passing Academy, who instructs at the ESS events. "They come to the combine and leave with a smile on their faces. I challenge you to go to any other combine and see that."
From registration, to weight lifting, running and playing some football, the experience is what every young athlete and their parent can look forward to - with no pressure at all.
"The one thing about what we do when it comes to our combines/camps is we tell the parents right there that if they need help, let us know," said Fishbein. "That's why we were helping place athletes some four weeks after everyone else signed on the dotted line."
The camp/combine is open to high school football players in Classes 2013-2015. Need to more? Check out the website for registration at www.elitescoutingservices.com.
EVERGLADES COMING BACK
After a year in which his team didn't get in the playoff mix, Joshua Shapiro and his Everglades Gators could pose a healthy challenge to district foes Miramar, Flanagan, west Broward, Western and Cypress Bay in the fall.
This is a team loaded with talent - at every class - and the size the line has may add up to one of the most impressive teams they have had in a few years.
Here is a look at some of the rising seniors in the Class of 2013:
There may not be a better prospect than 6-6, 220-pound defensive end Alvonte Bell. But as sought after as this tremendous football talent is, there are other rising seniors who are expected to step up. Players such as Hialeah American transfer Josh Shaw (WR, 6-1, 180), Illya Stafford (DB, 5-10, 170), Andre Hallmon (DB/WR, 5-11, 175), Omar Homouda (DB, 6-2, 190), Jeremy Nieves (OL, 6-4, 310), Emmaneus Joseph (OL, 6-3, 310), Torris Norris (OL/DL, 5-10, 265), Caleb Goldson (QB, 5-9, 175), Rodriguez Alexander, (WR, 5-11, 155) and Donell Williams (DB, 6-0, 145).
The 2014 class is also stacked with athletes as well, including Nigel Kemp (OL/DL, 6-1, 305), Bryan Leigh (OL, 6-2, 275), Chris Taylor (WR, 6-2, 155), Albert Smalls (DB, 6-1, 170) and Braxton Dudley (OL/DL, 6-2, 245).
If the rising junior class didn’t give you an indication of how bright the future is going to be, the rising sophomores – with Kahntrell Burden (QB/Athlete, 5-10, 180), Tarik Aiken (RB, 5-7, 165), Dwayne Williams (WR, 5-9, 150) and 6-5, 320-pound offensive lineman Deandre Tyler – certainly will.
We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
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