After more than 18 years as a Human Resource Executive, Shaon Berry decided to merge two of his life’s passions – the desire to be entrepreneur and junior athletics. Berry, who also has a strong background in finance, operations, sales and marketing, and who played running back at the University of Pittsburgh saw the need to establish a credible authority in evaluating young athletes in grades 6 thru 12. Drawing on his academic experience from the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University’s executive management program, Berry enlisted the help of former teammates as well as college and professional players and coaches, and formed Junior Rank in early 2009. Junior Rank is an athletic organization and on-line entity dedicated to evaluating, recognizing and rewarding great student athletes while giving parents the tools, resources and opportunities to help fulfill their son’s and daughters dreams of playing college sports. Starting with football in 2009, with plans to expand to basketball, baseball and softball in the future, Berry and his team organize junior football combines and All-Star showcase events throughout the country continuing to reinforce the importance of character, discipline and academic excellence. Berry, a father of three, has developed a customized on-line scouting (1-5 Diamond Methodology) that evaluates and ranks young athletes across the country based on their individual event performance, personal statistics, seasonal highlight videos, community service and academic standing.
His mission: Developing tomorrow’s role models today by effectively profiling, evaluating, recognizing and appropriately rewarding the nation’s top junior student athletes in every sport across the nation.
Tom LemmingTom Lemming, a Chicago native, got his start as a stringer for suburban Chicago weeklies covering high school football games. In 1978, he began scouting football prospects, logging his findings in a newsletter he circulated to college coaches and fans alike. Tom Lemming was called “the mailman” as he delivered information about the best recruits to hundreds of college coaches and football fanatics by personally interviewing and scouting players from coast to coast. He continues his delivery by evaluating 1,200 of the top football recruits every year in his prep football tour, powered by NCSA. By traveling 50,000 miles from December through June with his tour, he diligently and tirelessly produces the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report, considered by many to be “the bible” of college football recruiting.
He joined College Sports TV (CSTV) after spending decades as the leading preps analyst for ESPN. Lemming has written for ESPN, USA Today and Sporting News and currently has his own show, “Tom Lemming’s Generation Next,” on CSTV. Lemming also assists with the annual selection process of the top football prospects to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl Game and Combine hosted in San Antonio, TX.
Today recruiters still visit his home during the May evaluation period to watch film on players from across the country. Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game recognized Lemming as the “only national football scout in America.” To this day, Tom Lemming remains one of the leading experts on college football recruiting and high school talent and is ready to bring his experience to JuniorRank as a Diamond Bowl Scout along with NCSA’s Football Recruiting Coordinator, Randy Taylor.
Nick-named "Coop" Bret brings with him more than 25 years of football coaching and high school scouting experience and has personally been credited for the recruiting attention and scholarships received by several dozen Division I College and Pro Athletes including, Shariff Floyd the number 1 defensive tackle in the country in 2010, now attending the University of Florida. Bret's extensive coaching and recruiting background serves as a natural fit for our parents and future college prospects. A native of Philadelphia, people across the country trust and believe in Bret because he truly cares about the growth, development and educational opportunities that can be made available, for every aspiring young athlete.
Coach Oscar Dillard is recognized by coaches and athletes on all levels as the world's leading Football Camp Director. Coach Dillard is an authority on developing and mentoring youth league, high school, college and professional athletes throughout their amateur and professional playing careers. Notable alumni include Cam Newton, Jamal Lewis, Calvin Johnson, Sean Jones, Keyaron Fox, Adam "Pac Man" Jones, Ahmad Carroll, and numerous others. Coach Dillard's has been recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Casa Magazine Santa Barbara, California, Gwinnett Life Magazine, Prep Star Magazine, FCA Share the Victory Magazine, Birmingham News, NFLPA, Channel 5 Sports- Retired Sports Director, Bill Hartman. Coach Dillard was mentored by several legendary and Hall Fame Coaches. Notable coaches that have mentored Coach Dillard are FSU, Bobby Bowden, NFL Great Jimmy Johnson, FSU & UGA Mark Richt and SJU Dr. Fitz Hill. Coach Dillard has over 100 football alumni that have received college football scholarships and over 20 players whom have entered the NFL AND CFL.