Ellsworth OT Looks Like A Top Prospect

Ellsworth OT Chris McCoy (6-5, 325) sat out the 2013 football season with an injury, so he's still a hidden commodity that most teams are just starting to notice...

"I broke my (left) tibia in basketball season my senior year of high school, so it had been with me for a while, but I really didn't start noticing it too much until fall camp, so we decided to get it fixed and they put a rod in my leg to strengthen it and I'm all set to go now," McCoy told JCFootball.com. "I had to redshirt, so I don't think a lot of schools know about me right now, but I had a good spring and feel like I am ready to show everyone what I can do."

Plenty of schools made their way by Ellsworth's practices this spring and McCoy said a handful have made contact.

"I've talked with Idaho, Kansas State and Georgia State and Iowa State has been sending me letters," McCoy noted.

As a prep at Palatka (Fl.) High School, McCoy was on several schools' radars, but he was unable to get a qualifying test score, so, on the advice of his coaches, he decided to head up to Ellsworth to continue his football career and to get his academics in order.

"One of the coaches here at Ellsworth was a former coach at Palatka, so it just felt right and I've really liked it here," McCoy said. "It's all been just about football and keeping myself focused on my academics and it's really helped me."

With his rare combination of size and athleticism, McCoy has everything necessary to be a standout at the next level, however, he knows he's still got plenty of things to work on before he makes that step.

"I am really good at run-blocking and putting guys on their backs," McCoy said. "I feel comfortable as a pass-blocker too, but I think I am better as a run-blocker because I have an aggressive nature.

"This offseason I've been focused on my conditioning and my speed. I've been doing sprints and then a short recovery and then sprints and that's been really helping me a lot.

"I feel real good right now and feel like I can have a really good season for us before I graduate."

Because he redshirted this past fall, McCoy should be a coveted player once schools get a look at what he can do on the football field. He will finish up his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play three following the 2014 football season.

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