Texas has always reigned supreme in the world of high school and college football. Houston native, and younger brother of Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, embraces this fact. Following in his brothers footsteps, Justin enrolled and played at New Mexico State University. Despite having all the attributes necessary to play at the next level, Justin was plagued with injuries; an eventual hip replacement would ultimately cut his playing days short. Justin found his home at Pro Fit Houston as an owner and head trainer and has forged significant relationships across the college and high school football landscape. Justin has experience working with many four and five star recruits, including top talent ranked #1 for their respective positions. The top talent has also garnered notice from some of college football’s most notable names including Tom Herman (Texas), Tyron Carrier (WVU), Major Applewhite (Houston), and Jeff Scott (Clemson).
The newest member of the Pro Fit family, Odell Beckham Senior, is a Missouri, Texas native and father/mentor to Giants receiver OBJ. Odell Beckham Senior was a starting running back at LSU in the early 90’s, where he met Odell Junior’s mother, and set the path to stardom for the oldest of his three sons. He has quitely been the mentor, coach, and role model to one of the most talented, yet vilified, stars playing in the most hostile city in the NFL. Players across the league and college landscape refer to Odell Senior as “Unc”, short for uncle, and it is a name and role he fully embraces. Odell Senior joins Pro Fit looking to give back to his community and provide opportunities for young men coming up in the sport, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. His aim is to give those kids, from across the country, what he wanted or may have needed and didn’t attain. Essentially, everything he provided for Odell Junior and his two younger sons.
Just as Lebron has Irving running the point and big Kevin Love creating unique, ideal, matchups, the third partner at Pro Fit is Ro Sumon Junior. Ro is the team’s technician, meticulously working on footwork and postural mechanics with all the players coming through Pro Fit. In addition to what he brings to the table as a trainer / coach, Ro has a unique relationship with a good mix of high school, college, and budding NFL stars. This is something each Allen, Beckham Sr, and Ro have in common. First, and foremost, come their players / clients who are embraced as family from day one. Furthermore, what is truly remarkable about these three individuals, is that they truly care for the self-betterment and overall well-being for each of their guys and their immediate families. Their collective will and determination to see their players are fulfilled and achieving their goals is unparalleled in the representation side of the sports & entertainment business.
The elite talent training at Pro Fit include Elandon Roberts, Brendan Langley, Derrick Matthews, Brendan Langley, Innis Gaines, Devwah Whalely, Innis Gaines, Devwah Whaley, Kameron Martin, Graylin Arnold, J’Mon Moore, and Joshua Simmons, all currently playing in the NFL. If not weren’t impressive enough, their high school class of players working out at Pro Fit is something to be reckon with, not even Exos is bringing in this type of young talent from ages 15-18. To give just a small sample size, Marvin Wilson, the #1 DT & #2 ranked player nationally, and FSU commit; Anthony Cook, the #1 CB nationally, with offers from every competitor from the SEC to the Pac-12; then there’s 4 & 5 star recruits such as D’Shawn Jamison, Jamal Morris, Erik Young, and Jaylon Green. We’re hardly scratching the surface here folks, and that’s astonishing given the most recent addition of Odell Senior to the Pro Fit team. It seems as though a new era of high school, college, and professional football coaching, training, and mentorship is upon us, and it’s right here in Texas, where all things are bigger.
Alabama standout Tim Williams has rare talent as a pass rusher. He’s a whirling dervish rushing off the edge, dominating blockers with his unique repertoire of moves and athleticism.
“My first two steps, I feel like I’m the quickest guy getting off the rock,” Williams said in a telephone interview. “I’ve got a lot of moves. I can spin move, bull rush, get around the corner, just get to that quarterback and make sure I get the head of the snake. I can be a predator on the field.
“Whoever drafts me, they’re going to get the best guy in the draft. A pass rusher is a hot commodity. When they get me, they’re getting the best guy.”
NFL executives agree with Williams’ self-assessment, noting his 4.6 speed, 30 tackles for losses and 20 sacks.
“He is like no talent we have ever seen,” an NFC scout said. “Easily the best edge rusher in the draft.”
“You know we know this kid,” an AFC general manager said. “This kid is a talent. We took a chance on guys like that in the past and it paid off.
“We believe Tim loves football. You gotta win, so you take chances. We need a pass rusher.”
Williams is 6-3, 245 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds. He plays even faster, though.
“Tim has the quickest first step off the line since Jadeveon Clowney,” New York Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said in an ESPN podcast regarding his former Crimson Tide teammate.
Williams has displayed increased maturity. A father of two daughters, he’s extremely motivated to succeed.
“It gives me more reason to go out there and get it,” Williams said. “I have two beautiful daughters motivating me to make it and be their role model.”
Williams drew praise for being honest and forthcoming about his past mistakes, including acknowledging some failed drug tests in the past when he was a younger player at Alabama. He’s put those mistakes behind him, Williams insists. Williams enters the NFL with the same status as any other incoming player.
“The teams said I was one of the best interviews they’d had,” Williams said. “I was just open and honest about everything and laid it all on the table. I let them know they’re getting a guy who what I did was in my younger days at Alabama. That’s behind me and I’m going to be a professional. They already knew everything about everything. They just wanted to see my perspective, if I grew from it, my mindset, can I be honest. It’s a billion-dollar industry. They pay guys to find out about you. You need to tell them everything and show them you’ve changed.”
Williams has visited the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. He’s drawn considerable interest from the Ravens and Redskins.
He enjoyed his visit to Buffalo.
“It was a great meeting with the head coach, position coach and defensive coordinator,” Williams said. “I saw the city. It was snowing. I liked Buffalo a lot.”
Alabama utilized Williams as a designated pass rusher. The native of Baton Rouge, La., excelled in that role.
He was a second-team All-American and an All-Southeastern Conference selection. He recorded 31 tackles, 16 for losses and nine sacks. He had 10 1/2 sacks the previous year and 12 1/2 tackles for losses.
Williams has been working hard to gain weight and is up to 250 pounds, five pounds more than the NFL scouting combine.
Williams prepared for the combine at Michael Johnson Performance training facility in the Dallas area in McKinney, training with Brian Abadie, the high performance coordinator.
Abadie is convinced Williams loves the game and has the proper work ethic. At heart, Williams is a country boy who enjoys outdoor activities like alligator hunting.
“He’s a very fun-loving guy who always had a smile on his face and worked very hard,” Abadie said. “Tim worked hard and bought into what we’re doing. Tim has kids. He’s a father and a family man. He’s got a lot he’s fighting for. That pushes him every day. He showed up every day on time and ready to work. He showed maturity. He’s a very genuine guy. Having two babies changed him as a person and a man. It grounds him a little bit more.
“He was like a laser, locked in on whatever the theme of the day was. He went after it. He’s definitely a football guy. It showed every day. He came in at 225 pounds. We put him on a serious nutrition plan and he weighed 244 poundsa t the combine. Nutrition was a big goal for him. He improved his power-speed numbers a lot and maintained his speed. He can run at a different level on the fiedl. The film tells the truth. He reminds me a lot of Von Miller.”
Pembroke State All-American kicker Matt Davis, who won the Fred Mitchell award as the nation’s top kicker, has worked out privately for the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.
He’s drawn interest from San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, according to league sources. Davis has an incredibly strong leg.
As a senior, Davis hit 27 of 32 field goals, including 7 of 8 from 50 yards or beyond, and scored 119 points. His long was from 58 yards. In a narrow 19-18 victory over Concord, Davis accounted for 13 points. He also punted, setting a school record with a 78-yarder.
Davis is the all-time Division II career field goal percentage leader ahead of Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.
Veteran NFL agent Brian Overstreet had one of his biggest years ever since becoming a registered NFL contract advisor, negotiating free agent contracts with a maximum value of $100 million.
The Sugarland, Texas-based representative hammered out a five-year deal worth up to $55 million for Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre’ Kirkpatrick. He had a $7 million signing bonus, $23.8 million guaranteed and his deal averages $10.5 million per year. This year, he has a $5.23 million roster bonus and a $2.55 million base salary.
Overstreet did a four-year, $30 million contract for New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Nick Fairley. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $14 million guaranteed.
Overstreet also did a three-year, $10 million contract for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Russell Shepard, including a $2.1 million signing bonus., and a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers worth up to $5 million for defensive lineman Damion Square. The deal for Square includes a $1.225 million signing bonus. Square and Shepherd are now well-positioned to cash in later and hit the market in a few years.
“The agent business has a lot of ups and downs, but our guys understand how committed we are to them so it feels real good to be a major part of setting them and their families up for the future,” Overstreet said. “Each of our deals were unique and were shaped for the individuals. Dre’ Kirkpatrick was in a great position to secure his future so it was paramount for us to not only get him a multi-year deal for at least $50 million, but also to get him $15 million in the first year. I believed in Nick Fairley and his talent enough to encourage him to to take two one-year deals and he trusted in me enough to buy in. So, it was very rewarding personally to negotiate a multi-year, $30 million deal with $14 million guaranteed for him at 29 years old. For guys like Damion Square and Russell Shepard it was important for me to negotiate deals that give them both a significant amount of money now yet provide them flexibility to get back to the free agent market in the very near future. Due to the individual relationships that we share with each one of those guys, it makes it easy to understand what’s important to them and is extremely rewarding to help them reach their goals!”
“It was great to see; it worked out very well for all of our guys,” Overstreet said in a telephone interview. “It’s been a long time coming for me. You’re in this business and you try to add value and help kids and help them realize their dreams and help them in their life. From my perspective, when I first got into this business I was 28 years old, almost 20 years later, I look at it so differently.
“It was a long time before I ever had a guy who had reached retirement age and I was really close to him in age. Initially, I looked at things a whole lot differently and have a different perspective on things. Now, I can bring a lot more value and I’ve seen a lot of things good and bad. From an advisory capacity, I’m able to tell them a lot more and how to be in a good steward of your money and be in a better place.”
Overstreet has learned over the years how to adjust to a changing market and industry.
“What I’ve learned about this business is no matter how smart you are or how good your clients are, there’s no substitute for experience,” Overstreet said. “I’ve seen so much in this industry. All of that was very, very helpful with this not being my first time and knowing how to prepare for it and more importantly be able to prepare our clients for how to deal with it.
“Setting expectations is huge because, unfortunately, as agents we all value our clients differently than a lot of the teams do because we’re biased, of course. You have to monitor the market and have a great understanding of where your client stands. With my clients, we have fostered a family type atmosphere. I talk to them at least once a week or multiple times a week. We kind of have the pulse of what’s going on and how they’re playing. It’s a different dynamic.
Louisville wide receiver Jamari Staples has worked out privately for the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions.
He was injured at the Senior Bowl all-star game.
Staples has outstanding size and speed. At 6-3, 195 pounds, he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds.
An Alabama-Birmingham transfer, Staples caught 36 passes for 615 yards and two touchdowns last season.
As a junior, he caught 37 passes for 638 yards and three touchdowns.
Staples caught 31 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman.
Staples drew high marks for his toughness, blocking and character.
Wake Forest linebacker Marquell Lee is a traditional 3-4 inside linebacker who’s been in heavy demand leading up to the NFL draft.
Lee has worked out privately for the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills, among others.
The 6-3, 240-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range and bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times.
An all-conference selection and aggressive tackle, he had 20 tackles for losses last season and 105 total tackles along with a career-high 7 1/2 sacks.
A two-time team captain, he had 71 tackles, 10 for losses and three sacks as a junior and 101 tackles, 12 for losses and four sacks as a sophomore.
Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has prototypical size for his position.
The 6-5, 220-pound Georgia transfer has worked out privately for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, among others.
Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the Georgia program due to failed marijuana tests after enrolling there as the top-ranked outside linebacker recruit in the nation.
He started as a sophomore for the Bulldogs and had 66 tackles and an interception.
Harvey-Clemons capitalized on his fresh start at Louisville playing for Todd Grantham, and had 88 tackles, two for losses, three interceptions and six pass breakups in his first season there. Last season, he was second-team all-conference and had 61 tackles, four for losses and two sacks.
He’s drawn comparisons to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor due to his size, athleticism and hitting ability.
Wyoming running back Brian Hill is a rising draft prospect.
He’s visited several teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.
He has worked out privately for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hill is drawing comparisons to NFL running back Jordan Howard.
At 6-1, 219 pounds, he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and posted a 34-inch vertical leap.
Hill rushed for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference.
As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,631 yards and six touchdowns.
Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Jerod Evans’ draft stock is on the rise.
Evans is flying under the media radar, but has drawn considerable interest from several NFL teams.
That includes the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, among others.
Evans declined an offer from Texas A&M to sign with the Hokies.
In his only season in Blacksburg, he completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. Evans rushed for 846 yards and a dozen scores.
He started his career at Air Force, but injured his knee and transferred to Trinity Valley Junior College before signing with Virginia Tech.