This week, we award this prestigious distinction to a class of ’23 OLB with the speed to play some SS and who many around our office expect to be in many All-State discussions at season’s end. Today we focus on Jaxon Panariello from Louisville’s St. Xavier High School.
There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry.
Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a young linebacker who saw the field much faster than anyone really expected particularly playing for one of Kentucky’s premier programs in the 6A classification. His name is Jaxon Panariello and he was a leader on the defense for Coach Kevin Wallace’s Tigers.
Panariello’s St. Xavier High School is not too far from the famous St. Matthews Square branch of Independence Bank. St. Matthews Square is on 3901 Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Get on by and visit the most rapidly growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky, Independence Bank. Independence Bank has started a revolution in the banking industry.
Freshmen don’t play at Saint Xavier High School. We don’t know how many times we have heard that one. We have heard it from way more programs from 4A and above than just the Tigers from Louisville, Kentucky too.
You can imagine head coach Kevin Wallace’s shock when he found himself playing Jaxon Panariello in his freshman season. Sure, he only played in five varsity games and he only recorded three tackles but still, he was out there and AS A FRESHMAN!
The sophomore year is when college players see the field in high school according to many recruiters trolling for talent around the Bluegrass. Panariello is a future collegian, so it wasn’t a surprise he played.
However, we aren’t sure it was expected he would lead the team in tackles (49), lead the team in TFLs (5), finished fourth in QB-sacks (2), while forcing and recovering a fumble. That is more than “just playing.” That is “leading” and “starring.”
Play like that, particularly against the competition the Tigers routinely align against over the course of a season, is worthy of this or any other award. We can’t wait to see what he does this year, when a junior, and over a full body of work. We’re sure lots of college scouts feel likewise.
Congratulations to Jaxon Panariello for his Revolutionary Play at OLB for the Tigers in the shortened ’20 season and that which lies ahead this coming Fall in ’21. All of the above has earned Panariello this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, your friends at Independence Bank.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!