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O'Hara selected for super football combine

Friday, June 17, 2011 ~ Updated 5:09 PM

Pierce City's Cedric O'Hara covers a receiver at the Midwest Combine on the campus of Missouri Western University in St. Joesph in April. Based on his performance at the combine. O'Hara will travel to the Super Combine this weekend at the NFL Hall-of-Fame at Canton, Ohio.
Cedric O'Hara, a junior, at Pierce City High School, has been selected to compete at the Blue-Grey National Super Football Combine in Canton, Ohio, on June 18.

Cedric is one of 30 prospects representing the state of Missouri after competing in the Kansas City Chiefs training camp on the campus of Missouri Western University in St. Joesph.

"I'm honored," said Cedric. "I competed as a defensive back, I guess the scouts like what they saw."

Participants were graded in five different categories: vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, shuttle run and one-one drills.

"It's all about exposure right now," said Kenny O'Hara, Cedric's father. "It's hard for some kids to get view by college coaches when you play at a small school. It's combines like this where kids can really demonstrate their ability and utilize their skill set."

Over 560 athletes competed at the combine in St. Joesph for the opportunity to travel to Canton. The top two-percent of participants in the Super Combine will play a nationally televised game in Tampa Bay Fla. in January.

For Cedric, the path to success at the next level is simple.

"I have to live in the gym and watch a lot of film," said Cedric. "I love locking up on a receiver and shutting him down. Even though you will get more interceptions in zone coverage, shutting a guy down is more fun."

The Super Combine features top high school recruits from 36 states.

Cedric stated his top four choices for college are: Missouri, Northwest Missouri State, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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