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Not a lot of freshman at Highlands head into their sophomore seasons with the accomplishments rivaling those of Devon James. This ’25 prospect has to be among the more explosive RBs in his class from around Kentucky.

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member, KPGFootball

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 ’25, RB, Devon James from Fort Thomas, Kentucky ’s Highland High School, wouldn’t it?   

We rely on the internet and various websites for information. One source we credit is the Twitter account of individual prospects.

When we stumbled across the Twitter account of Devon James, we were intrigued. James reports, though coming off his freshman season at one of Kentucky’s three high school football programs with over 900-wins (Male and Mayfield being the other two) and playing for a program with 23-Titles, he registered 905-total yards as a freshman while scoring 11 TDs.

We watched his highlights on Hudl. He was sure clicking off plenty of yards and scoring a plethora of TDs against somebody. Film never lies.

We checked the Bluebirds stats from ’21 and they don’t have the young man playing in but three (3) games. Well, what can we say? Not all programs dutifully and faithfully log statistics onto the KHSAA website, though they are supposed to do just that.

Anyway, the film never lies. We have watched the film.

James has excellent vision and balance running out of the spread-option attack with the speed to both gain the edge and easily separate from a defense’s back two levels. James is very good in space and seemed to take opportunities the distance with the ball in his hands.

James is 5’9,” and weighs in around 190-pounds. James is 15-years old and figures to both lengthen and thicken sufficiently to easily grow into his secondary position, which is LBer, further on down the road of his high school playing career.

James has a 4.2 GPA. This is sufficient, in our minds, to reward a young football player some of the world’s finest beef jerky products.

Now the Bluebirds were 5-6 a year ago. Programs with 23-Titles, and over 900-wins, don’t turn in too many 5-6 worksheets. This is the same program which won 6-straight titles from 2007-2012, so no one around the 5A classification’s Fifth (5)-district should be feeling too comfortable with the Bluebirds holding present form.

Coach Robert Sphire will have this bunch whipped back into shape in short order. This seems a certainty.

We believe it entirely appropriate to feature James this week in this article. We also found his efforts deserving of nourishment. 

Mingua Beef Jerky agreed this young man could use a bolt of protein. They volunteered to send him some straight away.

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 Ft. Thomas Highland High School’s Devon James. 

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 1208 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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