@CodyRito_ from @TrojanFBall18 is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

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, and never chopped or formed like other brands, make our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer of the Week, Class of ’23, DE/OLB, Cody Rito from Glasgow’s Barren County High School, wouldn’t it? 


Cody Rito is a ’23 prospect who didn’t play in but six (6) of Barren County’s eight (8) games in ’20. Barren County is coached by Jackson Arnett and the sledding can get a little rough in Kentucky’s 6A classification, around the 2nd district.

The Lord knows the Trojans had a go of it in ’20, finishing 2-6. Things are looking up for ’21. Can’t live in the past.

That was then. This is now.

For now, Rito is looking to build from off a very solid performance in ’20. Rito led the team in TFLs (4) and QB-sacks (4.5) from his DE/OLB slot a season ago. In only six-game of action, that is getting down-hill defensively. Double those numbers in a normal year’s worth of work and see where they stack.

With the work the young man has done in the weight room, there is every reason to expect a much more prolific performance over his junior year. Plus, you have to factor in his getting a normal number of games in which to show everyone what he can do this coming Fall.

Now, we love the weight room in evaluating college prospects. Someone’s being tall doesn’t tell us anything about a prospect other than his genetics.

Someone’s tossing a bunch of 45’s around a weight room tells us plenty about a prospect. It tells recruiters (and us) about the young man’s drive, determination, work ethic, power, strength, explosion, and grit.

Rito can hammer some plates around a weight room. Though only a rising junior, Rito bench presses close to 300-pounds and squats over 500. The kid turned in a 4.8-second, 40-yard dash and, even more importantly, carries a 3.5 GPA.

This 5-11 bull of a man weighs in around the 230-pound range and has the frame to make a perfect fullback or H-back in Spread run-sets or to slide inside to MLB. Of course, there is nothing wrong with his current play or prospects to play DE, depending on the school signing him and its scheme and defensive philosophy.

Look for this kid to make some “Ivy Index to Ivy League” recruiting boards. He’s a college football player. His being such a good student will give him options not everyone gets to enjoy.

We thought, with the work in the gym Rito has been turning in, he might well be in need of a bolt of protein. We decided to ask our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some.

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 Barren County’s Cody Rito.

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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