Jefferson’s McCann preps for Super Combine
Saturday, June 14, 2014 12:00 AM
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — For many high-school athletes, the summer between their junior and senior years is when they get really serious about their college plans, when they get more and more letters of interest, getting invited to camps and such and focus on their senior seasons.
For Jefferson senior-to-be football player Jordan McCann, those plans will continue to come together as he has been invited to attend the Blue-Grey Super Combine next Friday and Saturday at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I got a letter through school. I went to a camp in Cincinnati earlier this spring and apparently based on that and what I did last season as a junior, they invited me to attend,” McCann noted. “I was with the defensive ends at the Cincinnati camp and basically it was a passing camp. We had a lot of 1-on-1 drills with defensive linemen going against offensive linemen. There were a lot of guys there from all over the place and so I only had about 11 reps. However, I never lost a 1-on-1 battle.
“I can’t say I made fast friends but there were some guys that you hung around with. I didn’t know anyone before I got there.”
McCann also earned all-State (Division VI) recognition last season for the Wildcats, perhaps putting him on the radar.
Last year, a total of 630 prospects attended the combines at the four sites, with over 475 eventually signing a college football scholarship.
This summer’s pool of prospects will be used to select the squads to play in the two Blue-Grey All-American Bowls set for Dec. 14 of this year at AT & T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys; and Jan. 10, 2015, at Raymond James Stadium.
To show how important this combine is, media such as Fox Sports, 24/7 Sports and USA Today will be in attendance, with photos and interviews of each prospect as part of the equation.
Since McCann did not play basketball during the winter, nor track or baseball in the spring, he has had the chance to get stronger and faster.
“I have spent a lot of time lifting and working out with Zach Attack. I haven’t done a lot of sprint work lately — I haven’t run one since the end of football season — but I ran a 4.7 40-yard dash recently and have been below 4.6 previously,” he said. “My max bench is 315 pounds. My weight has fluctuated between the high 190s and the low 200s.
“This combine, I figure I will run a 40, do the bench press, the shuttles and the vertical jump at least.”
Beyond that, his focus is on the start of the preseason in July.
“I have to be focused on the combine this week, trying to do the best I can and continuing to work out,” he added. “After next weekend, my focus will turn to getting ready for my senior season and trying to help my team do the best it can.”