By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
It took him more than two hours, but Monroe-Woodbury’s Johnny McCormick set a new school-record last summer by completing 525 box jump push-ups.
It was one of the highlights during his transformation from a skinny wide receiver into a chiseled weapon. “Body by Johnny” was a hit for the Crusaders last fall and McCormick has been rewarded with an opportunity to play at Division III Utica College.
McCormick will be joined at Utica this fall by linemen Brandon Salmi of Saugerties and Cornwall’s Brandon Handforth.
“I knew last summer that the 2017 season would be a very good one,” McCormick said. “It’s relieving to know that the hard work has paid off, but I’m not done working. I’m not done grinding. I have to work really hard at the next level and I really feel like Utica can go out there and win a championship.”
McCormick combined with Kenny Hernandez, Garrett Welch, Jermain Veras and Jack Dembia to form a dangerous group of receivers last season. McCormick caught 17 passes for 293 yards and six touchdowns. He was one of eight players to catch a pass for Monroe-Woodbury this season. McCormick, who is 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, only played 12 snaps for the Crusaders as a junior.
Monroe-Woodbury coach Ryan Baldock said McCormick needed to bulk up to make an impact as a senior. McCormick was certainly motivated to become an impact player as he started a new workout and diet regimen that he still adheres to.
“Johnny always had the hands, but he needed to get stronger,” Baldock said. “I give Johnny credit because he worked hard and the result is what you saw from him last season. He’s just scratching the surface with the potential. I think if Johnny puts on 20 more pounds there is nobody who will be able to cover him.”