Kansas OL picks up first

Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley offensive lineman Coleman McCann has waited a long time for his first offer, and this week the waiting came to an end - as Northern Colorado stepped up to the plate.

Two weeks ago, Northern Colorado made contact with Coleman McCann for the first time, and the 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive lineman got a good vibe from the discussion. He could tell they were interested - though that probably had something to do with offensive line coach Chris Smith telling him they would probably offer "very soon."

This week, McCann spoke with Smith again, and the Bears coach asked if he'd received a scholarship offer yet.

He hadn't.

"He said 'Then let me make your day'," McCan recalled.

The Bears staff liked the look of him on film, citing his aggressive style and nasty streak on the field. And for McCann, getting that first offer was a thrill.

"It's definitely rewarding," he said. "It shows that I'm over that first hump, that first offer. I'm going to try harder and get more because I want as many options as I can."

Of course, the offer has him more interested in Northern Colorado, and he hopes to set up a visit in the months ahead.

Another team is showing serious interest as well - New Mexico. Assistant coach Kevin Cosgrove spotted the same things Northern Colorado saw, after spending some time at Mill Valley this week evaluating him on film with Jaguars head coach Joel Applebee.

"Like Northern Colorado, they like the way I play," McCann said. "They think I'm aggressive."

For now, McCann is just taking it all in and hoping to add scholarship offers to his portfolio and open up new possibilities for his future.

"I want to find a college that fits me best," he said. "And if I have to wait a little longer than I would like to, so be it. That's the main thing I want, to find a place to play college football where I can fit in academically as well."

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