Multisport star Jordan Kent played three NFL seasons, including a stint with the Seattle Seahawks.

Kent picks Medford to kick off grid camps

When Jordan Kent talks sports, he's speaking from experience.

Lots of experience.

He was an 11-time state champion at Churchill High School, a former University of Oregon three-sport letterman and an NFL wide receiver.

Kent has embraced the role of student often, listening to advice from former teammates like Bobby Engram (Seattle Seahawks) and Luke Ridnour (Oregon) and observing and playing for his father Ernie Kent, the former Oregon men's basketball coach.

Now Jordan Kent is the teacher. The 26-year-old is offering high school football players the chance to learn how to become faster, stronger, smarter and more advanced on the gridiron with a series of clinics set to premier around the Northwest this summer.

And the camp's first stop is Medford's Spiegelberg Stadium this Saturday and Sunday.

Edge Combines, Kent's creation, is a clinic that will focus on individual offensive skills, something that Kent said he would have greatly benefited from as he took on football late in his athletic career.

The camp's original base price of $165 was slashed after some re-evaluation by Kent and his staff. Now, athletes can participate for $89.99, or as little as $49.99 with a regional coupon code made available to anyone. To register, go to and use this code — "gainyoursmedford".

"We wanted to make sure everyone got the chance to experience it," Kent says. "It's a first-year special."

The cost includes a T-shirt, snack, Gatorade and combine testing (40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle run, vertical jump and broad jump).

The camp, which is open to all players entering the ninth through 12th grades, runs from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Players do not need to bring pads: The clinics are modeled after the NFL's offseason "organized team activities," with no hitting.

On-site registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Walk-up registrants are welcome.

Kent will be assisted by coaches from the Lewis & Clark and Linfield college staffs, along with former Washington State tight end Zach Tatman.

The clinic moves to North Eugene High on July 5 and to Salem July 7. After a July 9 stop at Cleveland High, the camp enters Washington for two-day sessions in seven different cities. It wraps up in Bend on July 29.

Kent said Medford was the perfect starting point, both logistically and because of its fine sports tradition.

"From my experience down there competing in basketball and track, it's a great sports community," Kent says.

It will also mark the clinic's opportunity to make a positive first impression.

"Once we get done in Medford, we'll have video and images to give people an idea of what we want to do," Kent says.

The clinics will also include some fun contests where participants can win prizes, including an iPod Shuffle, Kent says.

Kent developed the idea for the camps last fall, when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams. Though he hopes to play professionally again, the NFL's work stoppage has afforded him time to focus his energy on the clinics.

Kent said he's purposely crafted the clinics to be centered on detailed skills training and not on showcasing or building hype with promises of recruiting exposure and grandeur.

Kent's practice material was developed with the help of several ex-college and NFL players including former UO offensive guard Mark Lewis, Washington State quarterback Alex Brink, Oregon State tight end Tim Euhus and OSU running back Yvenson Bernard.

Fast, hardworking and athletic, Kent excelled as a track and field athlete and basketball player at Oregon. But it wasn't until 2005, amid his college career, that he participated in organized football for the first time. After just two collegiate seasons in Eugene, he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft.

Kent spent three years in the league, with Seattle and St. Louis.

Now, his vision is to introduce the same details and concepts to high school players that helped him get drafted in such a short period.

He said learning from athletes like Engram and Ridnour helped him realize his potential.

"Just seeing how hard those guys worked and what they worked at, I realized I needed to match that level if I was going to get better," Kent says. "If I am going to be the best I can be, this is how closely you have to pay attention to detail."

Kent's camps will benefit schools by providing donations back to those who send groups of players. If 25 or more players from a single school register for a camp, a donation of $500 will be made back to that school.

For more information on the camp, call 541-521-5680, email or visit

For more information on Kent, visit

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email

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