Standing 6’3″ 285 pounds, Junction City offensive lineman, Jordan McCallister, has grabbed the attention of some high profile football programs in the Big 12 (now with 10 teams) and the Big 10 (now with 12 teams) over the last year.
“My top 5 right now is KU, K-State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Nebraska,” said McCallister. “The ones that stand out are K-State, Michigan State and KU,” added McCallister.
One of those schools, Kansas, has made an impression on McCallister during both of his brief visits to Lawrence.
“We have been there two times,” said McCallister about visiting Kansas. “One during Junior Day and for the spring game. The trips were exciting, and they helped me stay on board with KU with the facilities and meeting the coaching staff and the atmosphere of the University,” added McCallister.
The Kansas coaching staff and football facilities also stood out to McCallister during his time at Kansas.
“I really liked coach Gill and Coach Grimes because I talked to them the most and they really made me feel comfortable and at home,” said McCallister about the Kansas coaches. ”The facilities were very nice with the indoor field and weight-room,” he added.
According to McCallister, Coach (Reggie) Mitchell has been his lead recruiter from Kansas. Coach Mitchell has made it clear to McCallister that the Jayhawks are looking to add depth to the offensive line.
“They’re looking to take 5-6 offensive linemen, and I’m a center-guard in their eyes,” said McCallister. ”That’s just fine with me and that they want to see me in camp to get a final evaluation,” he added.
With both Kansas and Kansas State being so close to home for McCallister, the appeal of staying close to home could be a huge factor in McCallister’s decision.
“Yes it is, it’s a factor for me and I’m glad KU and KSU are so close,” said McCallister.
As for when he will make his college decision, McCallister appears to be waiting until after his upcoming football season.
“Well I have thought probably after football season to see what happens,” said McCallister.
McCallister’s strength is easily noticed, but his footwork is also something he feels is a big plus for him on the field. As for things to improve on the field, McCallister appears to have a good grasp of what he needs to continue to work on.
“I have good strength and feet, one thing I need to work on is my body placement because I catch myself being too high sometimes and that will be worked on over the summer as well as all the little things,” said McCallister.