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Taking national stage
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Two Warren County Pioneer football players will be participating in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium for different reasons. 

C.J. Taylor is going to play safety and to have fun. Kaden Jordan is going in search of a college offer to play football. C.J. Taylor has verbally committed to Vanderbilt.

Kaden Jordan went to a combine to try out for the bowl game at John Paul II High School in July. Jordan was then asked to participate in the bowl after the combine. C.J. did not attend the combine, but received an invitation. 

WCHS football coach Matt Turner explained how recruiting is taking place in 2020.

“Twitter has become a major factor in exposing players,” said Turner. “When a national recruiting site like 247 Sports gives C.J. Taylor a three-star rating, colleges start paying attention. When C.J. received that rating, the offers followed. It is tough for players like Kaden to get exposure. The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is great exposure for him.” 

Turner is flying to Dallas to attend the game.

The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl was established in 1989. The game features top players from all over the country, and most will play at the Division I level. College coaches are expected to view practices and the game.

Kaden expressed his feelings about playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. 

“I am nervous. This is a big opportunity for me,” said Kaden. “I could get offers from this game, looks from coaches. I do not want to mess it up.”

Kaden said, “I will go anywhere that offers me. I just want to play football somewhere. I don’t care where it is.” 

Kaden is going to drive to the game with his mom and younger brother. They will be making a road trip to Kansas after the game to visit family.

C.J. Taylor is going to the game to play safety, the position he intends to play in college. C.J. said, “I am going down there to play one last game. If you don’t play full speed down there, that is when you get hurt. I will be playing safety. I will not be playing quarterback, and I will not be returning any kickoffs or punts.” 

Regarding future college offers, C.J. commented, “I will not be ruling anything out, but I am a Commodore.”