HOUSTON - Coming out of a crouched position, Bert Emanuel Jr. burst into a full run down the sideline of Legacy Stadium.
Passing multiple laser stands at the goal-line, the time came up - 4.51.
The Ridge Point junior signal-caller had just run a blazing 40-yard dash time in front of the Elite 11 coaches, recruiting analysts and reporters in attendance on Sunday.
"It was a great run," Emanuel Jr. said. "I've been training a lot on my 40 with my track coach at Ridge Point."
40 : 4.51 Laser time 🔥 from the @Elite11 event yesterday morning pic.twitter.com/srMqrZan64
— 𝓑𝓮𝓻𝓽 𝓮𝓶𝓪𝓷𝓾𝓮𝓵 Jr😈 (@BertEmanuel3) March 29, 2021
If you were wondering, yes Emanuel Jr's 40-yard-dash time on Sunday was faster than any of the times posted by quarterbacks at last year's NFL Draft Combine. In 2020, Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts posted a 4.59, while Chargers' Justin Herbert ran a 4.68.
But that wasn't the only impressive number.
His overall score was 102.96, which was the best of the Elite 11 Houston Regional participants.
The score combined his 40-yard-dash (4.51 seconds), vertical (36.1 inches), peak power (7,520 watts), agility (4.28 seconds) and power ball (33 feet).
"It was an amazing feeling to go out there and have a great day knowing that the Elite 11 can do a lot for you," Emanuel Jr. said. "I've always been pretty athletic I'm just glad that I was able to showcase that athletic ability to all the coaches there."
5 step drop no rest to a 10 yard out from the @Elite11 Event yesterday morning @RPHS_FB pic.twitter.com/lsRPP04q5G
— 𝓑𝓮𝓻𝓽 𝓮𝓶𝓪𝓷𝓾𝓮𝓵 Jr😈 (@BertEmanuel3) March 29, 2021
Emanuel Jr. enters this offseason as a 6-foot-4, 205-pound, three-star quarterback prospect for the Ridge Point Panthers.
Coming off his junior season, which Emanuel Jr. led Ridge Point to an 8-3 season, reaching the third round of the playoffs. Emanuel Jr. passed for 1,437 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for another 504 yards and six scores.
On March 20, Emanuel Jr. received his first D1 offer from his hometown Texas Southern University.
"The recruiting process has been a very eventful experience so far and I hope it gets better than it already is," he said.
Emanuel Jr. isn't just working on the football field to get better this offseason, he is currently running track with Ridge Point as well.
A few weeks ago, Emanuel Jr posted a video of him running the second leg of Ridge Point's 4x200-meter relay, which he posted a time of 20.9.
"Track is going to help with my ability to escape the pocket and outrun the defense," Emanuel Jr. said.
Back to the football field, Emanuel Jr said he is working on mainly the mechanics of his throwing motion to become more consistent with all of his throws heading into 2021.
There are so many great athletes in the private school realm in Houston.
Ben Shearer - The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country
With his win last night at a race in Arizona, Ben is now #3 in the United States! Thanks to @TAPPSbiz for allowing him to compete there. @twcasports @ConroeSports @vypehouston @TXMileSplit @TexasXCCoaches @TappsXCountry pic.twitter.com/ud7REdzL8K— @TWCA XC/ T&F (@twcaxc) October 3, 2020
We all knew Ben Shearer was really good. We knew coming into this year, Shearer is the hands down favorite to win another TAPPS State Championship. But now, he is amongst the best in the country. At the Desert Twilight Festival at the beginning of October, Shearer posted a 5K time of 14:39.60. That still stands as the third-fastest time in the nation. He is only three seconds behind Ethan Strand (Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama) and nine seconds back of the nation's best in Parker Wolfe (Cherry Creek High School, Colorado). Ben Shearer could very well by season's end be the No. 1 boys cross country runner in the United States.
Toyosi Onabanjo (@ToyosiOnabanjo) - St. Agnes Volleyball
Congrats Toyosi on your commitment to be a student-athlete at IOWA! We are so proud of you and appreciate your hard work and perseverance toward becoming an Academy Woman. pic.twitter.com/PMNX5YTmA7— SAA Volleyball (@saa_vb) October 16, 2020
Recently St. Agnes Academy senior Toyosi Onabanjo verbally committed to Iowa to continue her volleyball career. Entering this season, Onabanjo was coming off a year where she had earned first-team, all-state and first-team, all-district honors. Recently, Onabanjo was named the MVP of the Houston Open Tournament that St. Agnes played in.
Eli Smith - Second Baptist School Football
Eli Smith is a rushing machine. Against The Woodlands Christian Academy last week, Smith went off for 160 yards and three scores on just 13 carries. That is an impressive 12.3 yards per carry. Smith is a catalyst to the Second Baptist School offense as they look to continue their winning ways this week against Lutheran South Academy.
Maddox Kopp - St. Thomas Football
| @vypehouston Player of the Week Fan Poll | @maddox_kopp (verbal #GoCougs) school-record 8 TD passes & 533 yards + 62-yard romp | @STHCatholic 65-14 > SA Christian | 3-2, 3-0 | 11 straight district wins since 2018 | #txhsfb— St. Thomas High School (@STHCatholic) October 21, 2020
VOTE ⤵️https://t.co/tOXlBIjNG2 pic.twitter.com/493sz3xuEY
Maddox Kopp is putting up just silly numbers this year. They are video game-like numbers. In a 65-14 win over San Antonio Christian, Kopp passed for 533 yards and a school-record eight touchdowns. St. Thomas improved to 3-0 in district play and has rattled off 11-straight district victories dating back to 2018. Overall this season, Kopp has passed for 1,595 yards and 18 touchdowns in five games. He is on pace to easily surpass 3,000 yards passing in just the regular season.
Brady Dever - Fort Bend Christian Academy Football
56-0 Win Last Night! 7-9, 185 Yards, 4 Touchdowns in 2 Quarters! @jordanblack78 @fb_coachcarp @SeanUnfiltered @QBHitList @MikeWestHTX @TXPrivateFBGuy @ipeak_6 @simplyCoachO @cantmisssports1 @samspiegs @Perroni247 @vypehouston @jokoch09 @VYPE_Private @TappsFootball pic.twitter.com/7WkJZZdMCG— Brady Dever (@BradyDever1) October 17, 2020
In a 56-0 victory for Fort Bend Christian Academy it didn't take quarterback Brady Dever long to stack up some big numbers. In just the first half, Dever went 7 of 9 for 185 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore has passed for 659 yards and seven touchdowns helping lead Fort Bend Christian Academy to a 3-1 mark.
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