@Daisjaunm1 (Daisjaun Mercer) from @HoptownFootball is the @Minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week! @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @EKUFootball @EKUWWells @g_mcpeek

Ronnie Mingua began experimenting with making beef jerky back in the 1990s. He shared his efforts with neighbors and friends, soon realizing he had come up with something different and superior to all other beef jerkies on the market. From these humble beginnings, Mingua Beef Jerky got its start.

Today, the Mingua Beef Jerky Company still prides itself on using its old-fashioned, all-natural recipes which offer outstanding products to customers across the nation. The recipes are a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. 

Migua Beef Jerky uses Enviro-Pac CHU-2000 equipment to cook its meat to USDA required levels for both moist or dry operation. Mingua Beef Jerky wants you to become one of its many satisfied customers by sampling its quality hand sliced, all natural beef jerky. We know you’ll love it and come back for more, again and again.

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer, Class of ’23’s WR/DB, Daisjaun Mercer from Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s Hoptown High School, wouldn’t it? 

Daisjaun Mercer is a guy whose name should be familiar to Kentucky High School football fans from across the commonwealth. We have known of him for years at KPGFootball.

Then again, we are always first with information about players like Mercer. Check our track record!

Mercer was selected to our 2018 Kentucky Middle School All-State football team for starters. Then we selected him the very next year to the KPGFootball Freshman All-State team.

Mercer made the Associated Press‘s First-Team All-State as a freshman, something you almost never see. Mercer was “Honorably Mentioned” a year ago, as a sophomore, making him a two-year member of that prestigious team entering his junior year.

Suffice it to say, the young man has already been around the block. We have honored him, in this publication, several times and do so again today.

What’s not to honor? Quite simply, the 5-11, 165-pounder, with superior length and plenty of “shake” and “separation speed” is already holding an offer from EKU. Mercer is considered among the more explosive and productive members of the ’23 class and figures to play corner in college if he isn’t recruited to play slot receiver; also a possibility.

One should note Mercer is among the commonwealth’s finer prospects on the hardwood to go along with his prowess on the gridiron. Talk about vertical explosion, you should see this young guy get off the ground.

Mercer is a kid with freaky athleticism who is always around the football. Last year, in only 9-games, Mercer was a two-way star for a Tiger team he helped lead to the Semis in the 4A classification.

Offensively, he caught 10-footballs for 196-receiving yards and 3-scores. A prominent person around the program confided he really lobbied for Mercer to get more offensive reps, early in the ’20 season, because of Mercer’s skills and the weapon Mercer is with the football in his hands. Defensively, Mercer logged 20-tackles, 2-TFLs, and led the team with 4-interceptions with 60-return yards.

Overall, in 21-games of varsity play since coming out of the middle school ranks, Mercer has picked off 13-passes. With two seasons to go, we would have to think he is on track to leave Hopkinsville its all-time interceptions leader before the final chapter in his high school career has been published.

WR-Reece Jesse, Jr. is suiting up for the Louisville Cardinals now, coming off a high school career which would see him leave his program the all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards. That means the Tiger offense will lean, in the passing game, on Daisjaun Mercer while Jayden Dillard (6-0, 205-pounds), class of ’22, figures to spear-head a potent ground attack operating behind a talented and proven offensive front anchored by seniors, Lucas Hughes (6-4, 270-pounds), Tyler Jones (6-4, 240-pounds) and Will Hughes (5-11, 285-pounds).

It is hard to predict, with season openers just two-days away, what anyone’s production will look like. However, that being said, look for this week’s award winner to record freaky, two-way numbers and to lead the Tigers in scoring, receiving, and interceptions in ’21.

If the scrimmage our guy saw against McCracken County is an indication, Hoptown is both fully-back and fully-loaded. These guys just may make a run and make liars out of us (regarding our preseason Top-5 prognostication) along the way.

Mingua Beef Jerky enjoys distinguishing and then rewarding, publicizing, and feeding young men who lend considerable value to the team. With the play witnessed by one of “our guys” this past Friday night, we thought Mercer could use some nourishment and maybe a sweet T-shirt!

For the T-shirt and the bolt of protein, we asked our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some. Like always, they were thrilled to oblige.

Join us next week as we honor another worthy player. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Hoptown’s Daisjaun Mercer.

This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT! 

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About Henry Lyon 1041 Articles
Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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