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.
Tom Lemming teamed up with JuniorRank two years ago to help select the top high school football players in the country for JuniorRank Events. This past year he was the selection chairman for the first Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl which showcased some of the top High School Seniors. Listed by the New York Times as one of the "Ten Most Influential People in all of College Sports" Lemming has written for ESPN, USA Today and Max Preps and been quoted in over 400 newspapers across the country. Every year, Lemming evaluates over 1,500 top athletes each year, logging countless miles and hours at camps, combines and games to personally eyeball talent. His "Tom Lemming Top 100" list, announced this past April, made national headlines while his annual "Prep Report" has long been considered a recruiting bible for school's across the country.
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