Jacob Savage, 2026 LB/RB/ATH from Ryle High School, is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week @Ryle_Football @jacobsavage2125 @1776Bank @840WHAS @KyHighFootball

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’26 two-way star thrived on offense & defense in ’23

You won’t find too many Nicholas Osbornes lying around football programs across Kentucky. You especially won’t find them plying their wares at the 1A level. Osborne is a leader on the football field where he is at the top of several critical categories. He is one of the better basketball players at his level of play across his region. Osborne even reports being on the golf team. You know what? That 3.8 GPA won’t hurt his efforts to get next-level looks either. This is a 6’2,” 180-pounder colleges should be adding to the board before finishing this feature.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

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We have been featuring versatility as an offseason theme this summer. If you regularly read this column, you are already aware.

We have brought you, so far, some of the most versatile athletes the KHSAA has to offer. It has been amazing what these kids are capable of doing.

Today we bring you a defensive star who has been doing mighty fine work offensively too and as a sophomore, first-string guy at the 6A level. Today we recognize the extraordinary sophomore season of the Raiders’ Jacob Savage.

Savage is a 6’1,” 210-pound powerhouse ranked among the very best athletes playing football across the commonwealth of Kentucky. Savage has a D-1 offer already and is on the board for most of the prestigious programs in and around the Bluegrass.

Savage is a 6’1,” 210-pound powerhouse ranked among the very best athletes playing football across the commonwealth of Kentucky

Friday Night Fletch

Savage is a guy who had quite the year for the Raiders and on both sides of the football. On offense, the RB was second on the team in yards from scrimmage (380) and tied for the club lead in rushing TDs (7). Savage caught 22-balls swinging out of the backfield for 232-yards and two (2)-TDs receiving. Savage was fourth on the team in offensive scoring.

Savage is principally being recruited to play defense. Savage was the starting LBer fore the Raiders and man did he ever deliver.

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Savage led the defense with 163-stops in ’23. Savage pitched in 6.5-TFLs, a QB-sack, and a fumble recovery (FR).

Sometimes it is difficult to get young defenders to get down hill and make plays like TFLs, sacks, and FFs and FRs. Look for Savage to add that dimension to an already burgeoning game on the defensive side of the line.

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 the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Ryle High School’s Jacob Savage. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. 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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