Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 4, 2014

McCown wows 'em at ETSN.fm Recruiting Combine

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Sunday turned out to by Funday for Jacksonville High School quarterback Carter McCown.

McCown took part in the second annual ETSN.fm Recruiting Combine, held in Tyler at APEC and at Robert E. Lee High School.

The combine brought together athletes from all across East Texas to strut their stuff before the ETSN staff, regional and national talent evaluators.

Players were divided up by position and tested in speed, strength, agility as well as a one-on-one session much in the same fashion as NFL combines are conducted.

At the end of the day McCown, a senior-to-be, was named as the combine's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

According to the ETSN.fm website, McCown competed against a group of quarterbacks that included, Jackson Allen (Whitehouse), Zane Boles (Henderson), Chandler Elland (Canton), Xavier Gaona (Kilgore), Justin Hart (Marshall), Chandler Nutt (Tyler Grace), Jamikel Roberts (San Augustine) and Tyler Lee's Michael Ross.

Roberts was named as the Quarterback Most Valuable Player.

McCown, who has had a plethora of colleges kick the tires and take a flyer, hopes that his performance will land him that coveted first offer, something that according to his coach, Chris Taber, is bound to come.

We've had a lot of coaches come in and visit with us and talk to Carter (this spring),” Taber said. “I think once that first school reaches out with an offer, you are going to see a lot of the rest follow right behind.

Carter is a phenomenal athlete and I know that he is someone that can play and play well at the next level.”

The recruiting attention that Carter has been receiving has a ripple affect for the other Fightin' Indian football players said Taber.

The neat thing is when these (college) coaches watch film on Carter or see him in person, they also get a look at the other kids on our team and you never know who could possibly catch the eye of a recruiter in those situations.”