SAVE THE DATE! TOP GUN’S 8th-ANNUAL COLLEGE PREP COMBINE
We are less than 2 months away from the Top Gun's 8th-annual College Prep Combines 7V7 tryouts! If you're eligible (current juniors & younger) and haven't registered, please do so by clicking one of the following two links-and remember to forward to your skill-position teammates as well!
SAVE THE DATE! TOP GUN’S 3RD-ANNUAL COLLEGE PREP COMBINE SET FOR 12/8/2013
As the football season is already in full gear, so, too, is preparation for TOP GUN’s 2014 7-ON-7 ALL-STARS: Try-outs will take place on Sunday afternoon, December 8th, at TOP GUN’s 3rd-annual College Prep Combine event. If you are a current 8th-11th grade skill-position player with aspirations of playing college football, this event is for YOU! Please contact Coach Hoff at 847.346.5635 or scott@TopGunQB.com to reserve your spot, as this event will be limited to the first 200 registrants.
TOP GUN ADDS 5 NEW COACHES TO STAFF
With momentum on our side, TOP GUN has attracted 5 new members to our Coaching Staff. Check out The Huddle page to read our 5 newest team members’ bios: Coaches LeAlan Jones, Jack Kristie, John Lawlor, Frank Phee & Elijah Pollack…welcome to the TEAM!
TOP GUN’S 7-ON-7 ALL-STARS PLACE13TH NATIONALLY!
After training together throughout the winter months in Chicagoland, TOP GUN’s elite, travel 7-on-7 All-Star squads competed in local (IL), regional (IL, MI & MO) & national (FL) tournaments this past spring. Highlights from TOP GUN”s 2nd season included a 2nd-place finish at the Kansas City Chiefs’ complex, qualifying for IMG’s Regional (Chicago) & National (Bradenton, FL) Championship Tourneys and a 13th-place finish nationally! Not bad for our 2nd year competing…wait ‘til you see what’s in store for next year!!!
10 TOP GUN 7-ON-7 ATHLETES EARN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
National Signing Day 2013 saw at least 8 student-athletes that trained with Top Gun’s 2012 7-on-7 All-Stars sign their respective Letters of Intent. Here’s the list of student-athletes & their chosen schools:
Nick Amren (Crystal Lake South) - Drake
Blake Cain (Lewis Cass, IN) - Indianapolis
Demetrius Carr (Immaculate Conception) – Minnesota State – Moorhead
A.J. Fish (Grayslake North) – Virginia (lacrosse)
Brett Fox (Plainfield North) – Valparaiso
Jake Gierlak (Jacobs) – Northern Michigan
Austin Guido (Waubonsie Valley) - Western Michigan
Adam Kulon, Jr. (Jacobs) - Toledo
Conor Lee (St. Charles North) – Upper Iowa
Kurt Palandech (Plainfield North) – North Dakota
Congratulations, fellas! Now…go and represent Top Gun at the NEXT level!!!
TOP GUN’S 2ND-ANNUAL COLLEGE PREP COMBINE A HUGE SUCCESS!
On December 16th, 2012, Top Gun hosted its’ 2nd annual College Prep Combine at Players U and had 136 athletes from 63 high schools in 4 states register! From this group, Top Gun is comprising its’ two 7-on-7 All-Star teams for 2013. Several of these athletes have already or will receive NCAA BCS full-scholarship offers…stay tuned!
TOP GUN @ PLAYERS U
On 12/12/12, Top Gun took part in a ‘Soft Opening’ at its’ new-and-improved home location: Players U in Mt. Prospect, IL. Players U offers an NCAA Division 1 professional training atmosphere and year-round access to multiple entities, including: baseball (Play Ball USA), basketball (Shut Down Hoops), football (Top Gun – high school, & Full Ride – youth), rehabilitation (React Physical Therapy) and strength/speed (TCBoost). Please visit Players U’s website or Facebook page for more details…
TOP GUN ATHLETES EARN 1ST-TEAM ALL-STATE HONORS!!!
Grayslake North’s A.J. Fish (6A) and Waubonsie Valley’s Austin Guido (8A) were chosen to the IHSA’s 1st-team All-State Team in their respective classes. A.J. led Grayslake North to its first-ever state play-off appearance and an 8-2 record. He finished his senior campaign having accumulated a combined 46 TDs (29 rushing & 17 passing) & 3,744 yds (2,068 passing & 1,676 rushing) – all single-season school records & 7th all-time in the history of Illinois HS football!
Austin led Waubonsie Valley to the state quarterfinals and a 10-2 record. He finished his senior year averaging over 7.4 yds/carry, with 31 TDs & 2,365yds rushing on 319 attempts – all area bests and single-season school records, surpassing Northwestern’s Ty Gooch. Congrats, fellas!
TOP GUN WINS 7-ON-7 TOURNEY!
Top Gun entered and won its’ 1st-ever tournament by ‘running the table’ at the NUC Air Raid
7-on-7 Tourney, held at the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse (Lake Barrington, IL) on March 25th, 2012. Top Gun finished the day 5 & 0, including a 17-point championship game victory! Top Gun also brought home Offensive MVP honors (Brock Thoms, Plainfield North WR) and probably should have brought home Defensive MVP honors as well, as Jacobs’ Hunter Williams had 5 INTs on the day – 2 of which he ran back for TDs.
Chicago Bears’ Youth Football Camps Recruit TOP GUN!
Top Gun has agreed to become the exclusive QB Coach for the Chicago Bears’ Youth Football Camps this summer! In conjunction with their effort to promote a heightened position-specific element to their current camps, the Bears’ camps now have a “Private or Small Group Instruction” option. Currently, there are over forty 1-week and 2-week camps to choose from for athletes age 6-14 during the months of June-August, 2012.
TOP GUN Hosts College Prep Combine Event
On December 3, 2011, Top Gun hosted its’ inaugural College Prep Combine (IL) Event and had 117 registrants from 52 different high schools participate in the position-specific competition for Top Gun’s Elite Top XXV Team – 25 athletes that earned the right to Top Gun’s exclusive training package, which includes:
TRX Classes now at TOP GUN!
As of November, 2011, Top Gun now has a TRX-certified instructor on staff hosting multiple classes weekly. Endorsed by the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl MVP QB Drew Brees, TRX Classes build your body’s strength, flexibility, balance & co-ordination while burning calories and strengthening your core! Top Gun’s TRX Classes are great for:
Top Gun’s TRX Classes are designed for ALL ages, genders and fitness levels. Call or e-mail Top Gun today to learn more…
TOP GUN acquires PSP’s Football and Speed & Agility Operations
In conjunction with Professional Sports Performance (PSP), inc.’s merger with Professional Baseball Instruction of Illinois (PBI), Top Gun absorbed both the Football and Speed & Agility Operations from PSP. Scott Hoffman, Top Gun’s President/CEO and PSP’s President/GM announced that all Football and Speed & Agility coaches at PSP will now transfer over to Top Gun – expanding Top Gun into a year-round, position-specific Football and Speed & Agility training company!
Top Gun now has coaches at every position on the football field with playing and/or coaching experience at-or-above the collegiate level. Utilizing its’ 15,000sf facility and 30’ ceilings, Top Gun has plenty of room to do LEGITIMATE football training – not just lift weights or run straight ahead sprints or on a stationary treadmill!
Top Gun Goes International!
Bristol, England (UK) will play host to Top Gun's first international camp - scheduled for April 16th, 2011, at Filton College American Football Academy (www.americanfootballacademy.co.uk), the all-day event is open to all positions. Top Gun coaches will be present, along with guest coach John Lizak - Offensive Line Coach at the University of Chicago. Click on our Camps page for more information!
Top Gun Challenge ™ (Southeast) to be Held in Jacksonville, FL
The 2011 Top Gun Challenge ™ (Southeast) is scheduled at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. This invitation-only event is set for Sunday, July 10th, 2011 and will culminate a week-end of events at JU, including Camp QB (www.campqb.com). Visit ourCompetitions page for more details!
Two New Coaches Sign with Top Gun !
Ex-NFL veteran QB Shane Matthews and ex-AFL & IFL veteran DB Johnny Ferlito were recently added to Top Gun 's staff. Shane, who was Mississippi's high school player-of-the-year before becoming the SEC's player-of-the-year (twice) at the University of Florida, played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills & Miami Dolphins. Shane assumed the role of National Sales Director/QB Coach with Top Gun. Johnny, who played with the Chicago Slaughter, Milwaukee Bonecrushers & Peoria Rough Riders and is currently the Director of Speed & Agility/Strength & Conditioning at Professional Sports Performance (www.PSPchicago.com), has been named Top Gun's Athletic Director. Welcome to the TEAM!!!
Top Gun Hosts Chicago's Holiday Sports Fest
Approximately 55,000 attendees visited Chicago's McCormick Place on Lake Michigan the week-end of December 18th & 19th, 2010, to participate in Mayor Daley's Chicago Sports Fest. Top Gun was proud to have been chosen to host the football interactive zone for the two-day event, facilitating several position-specific stations and welcoming multiple high-profile guests - including former Heisman Trophy winner & ex-NFL/MLB All-Star Bo Jackson.
Top Gun LIVE @ "Taste Sports!"
"Taste Sports!" is an interactive sports zone at Chicago’s annual lakefront event, the Taste of Chicago. "Taste Sports!" is a recurring event at the festival for all sports enthusiasts. In addition to Top Gun , one can also enjoy appearances by some of Chicago's professional sports teams – including: the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky and White Sox, all of which are scheduled to appear on different days with interactive sports activities.
Top Gun is tentatively scheduled to appear at "Taste Sports!" from June 28th-30th. Stay tuned for more details!!!
Top Gun Challenge Under New Management
In January of 2010, Scott Hoffman (former Purdue University quarterback) purchased the Top Gun Challenge and became the new President/CEO. Hoffman has expanded Top Gun into a year-round nationwide quarterback training company that includes 3 separate entities: camps, coaching & competitions (Top Gun Challenge™). This new company will be known as Top Gun Though with a new name, Hoffman and his advisory board (‘The Huddle’) will continue to grow the company following a similar Vision, Mission and Values – part of the reason Hoffman was attracted to the company in the first place.
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