2015: McCants a Rare Talent

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Cincinnati Hughes has a running back currently under the radar, but full of ability in rising junior Levon McCants, who had a big sophomore season and is poised for even bigger things this year.

College coaches looking for an explosive skill talent will have to find their way to Hughes Center in Cincinnati, not a big school, but one with a potentially big talent in rising junior Levon McCants, a 5'10, 175-pound running back who had some big outings last season including a school single game record 312-yards in one.

Hughes head coach Matt Thompson says the college attention has started to trickle in, but it really has only been the tip of the iceberg.

"He's had several invites to camps, but we haven't been able to get him there. He's been having some family trouble and monetary issues, but he's been invited by Toledo, Bowling Green, pretty much MAC schools, Miami (Ohio)."

Once schools do get to see him, Thompson is confident they will find out what opponents have already learned about his star.

"Well, he's an explosive player. Offensively, he's a great running back. He makes the offensive line correct even when they don't make the correct blocks because he can cut and see the play happen before it happens so to speak. He has breakaway speed in the open field and one guy is not going to bring him down. He's a determined, strong kid."

While he is not likely to play the position in college, McCants is also a standout linebacker.

"He's just a rare talent in the fact that he seeks out the ball on defense. He has a knack for stripping ball carriers. As freshman, he had five forced fumbles that were all taken back for touchdowns. This past season, he had four of them just like that. He has an uncanny ability for stripping the ball."

Off the field, despite some challenging circumstances, McCants is a humble kid who has not presented Thompson with any trouble.

"He's a good kid. He's a quiet kid. He's very respectful. He has a lot of friends, pretty much everyone in our school, everyone knows who he is. He's not one of those kids who is loud and bragging, he quietly goes about his business. His grades can improve and we're working on that."

Knowing the opportunities that should await him, those around McCants are making sure he does everything he can and has everything he needs to capitalize on his considerable abilities.

"Teachers are always trying to do extra for him because they recognize his talent and they want to see him make it and get out of the environment he's in. He's an inner city kid. He lives in a neighborhood that's not so great and we will do what we can to put him in better situation."

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