’26, two-way standout braces to enter sophomore campaign
Jovan Hunter played and produced particularly well by freshman standards last year for the Rockets from Shelby County. Hunter has an upper-level frame with plenty room left to add more length, height, weight, speed, and explosion. This kid is a ball-hawk. He will kill it over the sophomore season.HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball
There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry.
Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a player who will go into his junior season coming off a sensational sophomore campaign. Today, we are featuring a young freshman who would have been on our old Freshman All-State Team if we were still publishing one. Today we feature Javon Hunter, a ’26 DB/QB/WR from Shelby County High School who may be among the better athletes in his graduating class all across the commonwealth.
Hunter’s performances, especially in light he was only a freshman in ’22, have exceeded reasonable expectations for the Rockets from Shelbyville, Kentucky. Hunter and his teammates are coming off a 5-7 season but have ever reason to be excited about the prospects of the program heading into the ’23 campaign.
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Not many of you remember this but we used to do a Freshman All-State team. We lost our sponsor for it so it went away but, should we find another company willing to sponsor it, I could see its being revived at some point.
The criteria for nomination was you had to get meaningful play, and accumulate significant statistical support, to the team on Friday night. Now, I know you think, “What freshman is getting Friday night run?” The answer would surprise you.
One guy would would have had a strong candidacy in ’22 would have been Shelby County’s Javon Hunter. Hunter was a steady contributor over the course of his freshman season.
Hunter completed 26 of 41-passing attempts for 285-yards passing with 2-TD’s through the air. We would call that significant, even if it were to end there.
Hunter rushed for 212-yards on the ground and another pair of scores. Not too shabby for a frosh who found himself, by season’s end, among the ball club’s leading scorers.
Hunter also played defense. Listen to this! The 5’10,” 157-pounder registered 35-tackles and an INT. That would have cinched it, right there. He would have made the old Freshman All-State Team, probably as a DB.
None of this is too surprising for a kid who is a really fine athlete. Like we before mentioned, he played basketball and ran track in addition to football. Not only did he run track, but registered a laser-timed 24.93 at 200-meters. That is cooking, particularly for a freshman.
We believe Hunter is a college prospect and expect schools to start showing interest in him before the ink dries on this particular article. We know this, the Shelby County fans are licking their collective chops at the prospect what this kid will end up producing by the time he matriculates to the upper classes.
Congratulations to Javon Hunter both for his Revolutionary Play in ’22, his freshman season, and that which is to come in ’23 and beyond, all of which has earned him this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, your friends at Independence Bank.
This is Fletcher Long, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, reminding all of you reading this to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!