Hayes Johnson from Taylor County signed to UK @hjohnson_71 TCCardinalsFB @ScottParkey @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @840WHAS

’24 OL singed to UK and easily among the elite in his graduating class

Hayes Johnson made our 840WHAS & KPGFootball, Big School (4A, 5A, & 6A) All-State Football Team. He has FBS, Power Five frame (6’5,” 295) and the playing pedigree to match. He made our All-State team and the Coaches’ team too, just published in the Louisville Courier-Journal. He’s what we call a “big-timer” and he had the privilege to play for a big timer in Coach Scott Parkey. This is an all the way around, feel-good story.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Reveal Show


Campbellsville, KY: The All-State teams are posting left and right. I am not talking about the little goofy teams sponsored by the “Johnny Come Lately” websites which only named eight or nine players, none of whom happened to be linemen. I mean the real teams, sponsored by established entities, which posted thoughtful, credible rosters stocked with talent from all the appropriate positions.

We published ours (News Radio 840WHAS & KPGFootball) on December 9, 2023. The Coaches published its team in the commonwealth’s largest circulated newspaper (Courier-Journal) around a week ago.

I thought both teams were thoughtful, credible, and well supported. Did either of the teams “get them all?” No sir.

One of the names on both teams was “Hayes Johnson, Taylor County, OL.” There were plenty of others on both squads.

Johnson is a 6’5,” 295-pound lineman who played 4A football under a dandy of a coach in Scott Parkey. We became Parkey fans when he was coaching at “The Rock.” If we have to tell you “The Rock” is Rockcastle County High then you have probably stumbled upon the wrong digital magazine for you.

Johnson signed in the early signing period with UK. Johnson helped the Cardinals to a 9-3 finish in ’23. Taylor County scored 387-points behind the behemoth lineman while rushing for 2,782-yards, passing for right at a thousand, and scoring 9TDs through the air and 38-TDs over the ground.

Johnson signed in the early signing period with UK

Friday Night Fletch

How good is Hayes Johnson? Well, good enough for Coach Parkey to throw him the football some this year. Get a load of this TD reception and, remember; this is an offensive tackle exhibiting this kind of mobility. Pretty impressive.

UK is pleased as punch to be getting this type performer in its incoming class. Look at this Big Blue Nation, I’m Home video it published to its social media platform. The Wildcats don’t roll out this type “red carpet” for players they are not extremely pleased to be signing.

Why shouldn’t the Wildcats be pleased. Quality offensive linemen, built like this kid, who can move around like this kid, aren’t exactly growing on trees, in this commonwealth or anywhere else for that matter.

Watching this kid’s development and maturation as an SEC player will be fun to monitor going forward. We know this…covering his high school career and selecting him for our All-State football team was fun.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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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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