Scouting Report: Jack McCracken
We look at one of the more under the radar prospects in the 2018 recruiting class, tight end Jack McCracken of Cincinnati Moeller.
PROSPECT: Jack McCracken
POSITION HS: Wide Receiver – PROJECTS: Tight End
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio
HIGH SCHOOL: Moeller
HT: 6-4 / WT: 215lbs.
First came across Jack McCracken last season and was surprised not many spoke about the 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end out of famed Moeller High School.
However, when you really think about it, McCracken has had to fight for his spot at the always competitive Greater Catholic League program. Especially at the tight end position.
Since his freshman year, McCracken has watched as teammates Jake Hausmann (Ohio State), Doug Bates (Cincinnati), Matt Dotson (Michigan State) and current teammate Brendan Bates (Kentucky) received most of the snaps, targets and recruiting interest.
Being from the Dayton area, I was familiar with the McCracken name as father Troy played college basketball at the University of Dayton.
While Jack has shown skill on the hardwood as well, football is his game of choice and over the course of the past year, has shown tremendous growth as an athletic receiving tight end who is also willing to be physical and block from the receiver position and on special teams.
This past summer, McCracken attended several camps where I had a chance to watch him show his skill set. At Indiana, McCracken posted a 34.5 vertical to go with an impressive showing during one-on-one drills. That continued with a strong showing at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats might be hoping others stay away and allow for a possible preferred walk-on spot with the Bearcats as they’ve already got their main target at tight end. Other camps where McCracken showed extremely well included Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan to name a few.
So far, this season, McCracken has three receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown, a 63-yard effort against Louisville Trinity. However, what’s been more impressive is the efforts blocking on special teams and from his flexed-out receiver position.
So what’s the knock on McCracken? The one thing he heard during the summer was the concerns with high camp weight that averaged around the 195-pound area. Following camp season, McCracken worked to add “good weight” with a change in his diet plan with results now having him around the 215-pound range and climbing. Keep in mind McCracken’s older brother Sam, was also a late bloomer who now stands 6-foot-8 and plays college basketball while father Troy was listed at 6-foot-9 during his playing days for the Flyers.
McCracken has a great frame with long arms and should have no problem continuing to add weight as we expect to see him play in the coming years in the 240-250-pound range. During camps, McCracken showed great hands and route running ability. We project his best football will come in a couple of years when more bulk and physical strength are added in a college strength program.
Pros: Hands, Route Running, Explosive frame, Blocking ability, Work ethic
Cons: Needs to continue to add bulk and physical strength
SIDE NOTE: Named team captain for the 2017 season.
Check out the clips below from this season (Wears Jersey #10).