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Jordan Hancock

Jordan Hancock, one of the nation’s top cornerbacks, announced Monday he plans to sit out his senior high school football season at North Gwinnett because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ohio State recruit cited his parents’ health conditions — his mother’s recent breast cancer fight and his father’s heart problems — as the reasons for his difficult decision.

“It comes to a point in time in everyone’s life where we have to make a tough decision, but what is his plan is my plan,” Hancock wrote in a social media post. “After long nights of talking with my family, my supporters and my heavenly father himself, I’ve decided to sit out my senior year of football due to my mother’s breast cancer fight and my father’s current heart conditions. I love North Gwinnett and will never forget the precious memories I made with the community, the coaches and my brothers I call teammates. Memories that will resonate with me for a lifetime but as you know we only have one lifetime and my family’s lifetime matters the absolute most to me.

“I love the game of football but this is not a time for me to be selfish and think about myself.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hancock is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite rankings, which have him as the No. 76 player nationally and the No. 5 cornerback in the nation. He’s the No. 9 player in Georgia in the rankings.

Hancock was a first-team all-county selection as a junior by the Daily Post and the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett.

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