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.
HOUSTON - When Logan Tanner got home from his lacrosse game, he went to check the mail.
The mailbox was chuck full of letters from college coaches from the programs that have offered the three-star tight end from St. Pius X.
"It's very humbling and I was taken back and to have as many as I did I knew it must've taken a lot of time," Tanner said about the letters.
Just got home from my lacrosse game with a mailbox full of letters. Blessed and thankful for each coach taking their time to write these letters not just to me, but to my family as well. Cant wait to visit these campuses in person. @StPiusXFootball @CranfillGreg pic.twitter.com/tjmVgYlGaG
— Logan Tanner (@iamlogantanner) March 24, 2021
Tanner is coming off a solid junior season for the Panthers, which saw them reach the TAPPS playoffs. The tight end finished with 1,059 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 43 catches and believes his best attributes is his versatility and route running.
Since the end of football season, Tanner has received offers from Yale, Eastern Illinois State, San Diego State, Bucknell, Air Force, Arkansas State, Utah, Navy, Tulane, Harvard and the University of Houston.
The recruiting process has been a "roller coaster" Tanner says and after June 1 he plans on visiting every school that has offered him along with Kansas State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and SMU.
"Although simple I'm looking for a family atmosphere," Tanner said. "A place where I could feel like everyone from the coaches to the teachers on campus are all like a family."
So, what is he doing this offseason to get better?
First, starting with playing lacrosse at St. Pius X, Tanner can play in every position, except for goalie, at any time and he believes this will help him on the football field come the fall.
"Lacrosse translates well because I've learned to use my hips a lot better which helps my route running and blocking," Tanner said.
Outside of lacrosse, Tanner - whose favorite NFL tight end is Kansas City Chief Travis Kelce because of his great route running, putting the guy in front of him in the ground, and his swagger - is also working with his football teammates to get better for 2021.
"I'm working on building not just me but the brothers on my team with me," he said. "We go in groups to the weight room or go to the field and run routes. For me, personally, I've been working on my run blocking."