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’26 interior OL following in some mighty big footsteps

I first met his big-brother, Anthony Johns, when Anthony was an 8th-grader at a combine in Indiana. Anthony impressed me as one of the finer technicians along an offensive front at that time, and he hadn’t yet entered high school. Anthony went on to become, arguably, the best OL in his graduating class, Kentucky-wide, and is now playing football for the EKU Colonels in the A-Sun Conference. Colton shares some similar characteristics. He plays with excellent leverage, gets good extension with his punch, plays back over his back-side and doesn’t lunch out over his toes, and (like his brother before him) is among the very best interior OL in his graduating class Kentucky-wide.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball
A. Johns, OL, EKU

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…[S]omething different and superior to all other beef jerkies…    

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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.     

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 PerformerColton Johns from Lexington, Kentucky’s Christian Academy.

We have before discussed the fact a college player will find the field sometime over the course of his sophomore season. So where would that leave Colton Johns? Johns just finished his freshman season, is a member of the ’26 graduating class, and he played in 12-games, along the interior OL, for one of Kentucky’s most talented rosters?

We would say it makes him a “college player” prospect moving forward. Wouldn’t you agree?

Getting on the field as a freshman at a place like LCA is near impossible

Fletcher Long, Senior Sports Writer

LCA has the best QB in Kentucky’s ’24 class in UK commitment, Cutter Boley. LCA was 9-5 in ’22 and lost, at Mayfield, by 10-points in the Semis in what has to be considered a “down” year.

Getting on the field as a freshman at a place like LCA is near impossible. Johns, like his brother (Anthony) before him was able to accomplish the feat.

Johns is an accomplished weightlifter (squat of 405, but now squatting 425 as of the date of this article’s publishing). Johns is an accomplished combine performer (EKU prospect camp). John’s is a technician just like his brother before him.

Johns just competed at EKU’s camp, the link to which is above provided. While there, the talented and athletic 5’11,” 235-pounder ran a 5.1-second, 40-yard dash, broad jumped 100″ (8’4″), and went 6-0 in one on one’s at center and 1-0 playing offensive guard.

Johns is a next level center or defensive lineman in our estimation. He has caught the eye of college recruiters at various levels of play and has drawn the praise of his position coach at LCA.

“I have talked to our guys about the importance of competing,” Coach Oakley Watkins was quoted as saying. “Colton [Johns] is taking his offseason competing to the next level. I love seeing the work he is putting in and believe it will pay big dividends for both him and us.”

Colton [Johns] is taking his offseason competing to the next level

Oakley Watkins (@Oakley_Watkins), OC and Associate HFC, LCA
Colton Johns vs. Belfry

We have awarded this to Colton Johns because his freshman season performance, up-front for one of Kentucky’s premier programs at any level, was found to be (absolutely) jerky-worthy. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’26 G/C/DT could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.   

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. 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 Lexington Christian Academy’s Colton Johns.

This is Fletcher W. Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 


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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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