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Jacob Jones proving his being "Pookie's son" is not all he is. Photo taken uncredited from Jacob's Twitter Account

The apple does not like to fall far from the tree.

Unknown German Proverb attributed to a ‘Turkish’ source, circa 1500s

All we ever hear about Jacob Jones around the magazine is skepticism about whether he is as great as reported. All the Jones kid Friday night was go out on the field and silence every wagging tongue in the stadium. Jones, great in his own right regardless of whom his father happens to be, had an incredible performance for the ages for his West Jessamine Colts against Bourbon County on the opening weekend. He’s firmly in the “Mr. Football” race now, if our opinion counts. Snap; we’re voters…it does count!

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout for KPGFootball

I had a father of another QB prospect in the ’23 class in Kentucky call the magazine irate. It seems the source of his angst was Jacob Jones, from West Jessamine, had been ranked the top signal-caller in the Bluegrass by both Prep Red Zone and Lippert Scouting.

Jones, highlights from Friday night

“Why does this upset you,” I asked the football father.

His response, “I hear he isn’t even really any good.”

Well, I don’t know what sources he has been consulting, but my sources and his don’t even begin to agree. Friday night, Jacob Jones went out on the gridiron and gave me some more data on which to rely thus strengthening my argument (which is similar to that of PRZ and Lippert Scouting).

The phone call is the type example of how you have to be careful from where you get your news. Clearly UK thinks Jones is “pretty good.” The Wildcats have offered the 6’2,” 200-pound QB/ATH from Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Do you know who else thinks Jacob Jones is pretty darn good? David Jones, the head football coach at Bourbon County. Why shouldn’t he?

[Jacob Jones] the real deal! He can play at any level of college football there is.

David Jones, former UK Wildcat and HFC at Bourbon County High

Coach Jones had a bird’s eye view of the “other Jones” completed 11 of his 18-passing attempts for 185-yards with 5-thrown TDs. Coach Jones had the best seats in the house to watch the Colts’ scintillating senior runs the football 21-times for 342-yards and another TD. Heck, Jacob Jones contributed a tackle.

Isaac Maynard had himself a night too. Maynard scored 2-TDs receiving, kicked a FG, and converted 4-PATs to lead the team with 19-scored points.

You know, that is the point of this whole thing…scoring points. Both teams did that in droves.

West Jessamine prevailed in the nip/tuck offensive fireworks show, 43-36. The defenses must have called-in sick.

Now, let’s tackle the elephant in the room. Jacob Jones is Pookie Jones’s son.

While this class (’23) does have several talented QBs, Jones clearly stood out to me above the rest.

Prep Red Zone, Ryan Lippert

Pookie Jones is a former, celebrated, UK QB who doubled as a college baseball star. Pedigree will always mean something in sports.

If you want to believe UK offered Jones because he is Pookie Jones’s son, I have news for you…there are lots of former Wildcats with sons un-offered by The Big Blue.

That issue aside, we are pretty sure it was Jacob, and not Pookie, who took the field this past Friday night and torched a Bourbon team many pundits had ranked, preseason, among the very best teams, Kentucky-wide, in the 4A classification.

We had the Colonels in our 4A, preseason top-5 and we aren’t backing off that projection. MaxPreps.com had them in the top-10 in 4A, so we were far from alone.

Here is the final point, Jacob Jones is a football star and Division 1, football prospect. We know it. Prep Red Zone knows it. Lippert Scouting knows it. UK knows it.

You may not like it. You may not want to except it.

Jacob has stepped out from his dad’s shadow and made a name for himself as a true, dual-threat QB.

Prep Red Zone, Ryan Lippert

If you will just look down on the field and watch him play, the evidence of it appears in abundance. To quote the German Proverb, and in the German language no less, “Der Apfel fellt nicht gerne weit vom Baume.”

This apple hasn’t fallen far from its tree. Some program is going to benefit from a mighty good tasting apple.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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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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