How Jaden McKinney Convinced His Mom To Let Him Play Football

The TSSAA’s dead period was imminent, but that wouldn’t interfere with the excitement of the Collierville summer football camp.

In fact, the local youth who attended likely called the late June event not to be missed.

One of the instructors was senior defensive lineman Jaden McKinney, who at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds couldn’t be missed.

“All of the players who helped out at our youth camp did a terrific job,” Collierville football coach Joe Rocconi said, “But Jaden McKinney was like a rock star to all those kids. And not just because that he was tall, not just because he was a recruited player.

“You could tell it was important to him to spend time with these kids, to give back and to promote the program.”

The convincing part

Jaden McKinney of Collierville on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.

Her family’s move from Moscow, Tennessee, to Collierville occurred in the fourth grade. It was a necessary action as far as athletics are concerned.

“I always wanted to play football, but in Moscow there was never a team to play with until you entered college,” said McKinney, No. 8 in The Commercial Appeal’s Dandy Dozen. , a collection of college football’s top prospects. for the newspaper-chosen Memphis-area class of 2023.

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