Middle School Spotlight: @colinjefferson0 (’26) from @MaleBulldogs is the next… @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @WeAreMaleHigh @malehighschool @LMHSCoachWolfe @MaxPreps @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Today's middle school stars/tomorrow's college-bound prospects!

Colin Jefferson is a rising freshman who has the frame and skills to make an impact even on the Male roster which is loaded year in and year out. He reminds us of Jeremiah “J2” Collins defensively and Vinny Anthony Jr. offensively and when you see him play you will know why.

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

Here we go with another “Middle School Spotlight,” which we have explained ad nauseam to be the very life blood of everything we do here at KPGFootball. Something we hear all the time, especially around our quarterly editorial board meetings, is about a middle school player being hailed as “the next…”

Right off jump street, this long, tall-framed drink of water has the frame to play either of his middle school deployments once he hits the Louisville Male roster. Jefferson played WR/DB in middle school for the Jefferson County Traditional Middle School (JCTMS) Centurions.

He was also a fine basketball player there. Since we don’t cover that sport we can’t tell you what he played on the hardwood.

Colin Jefferson

Jefferson is listed at 5-8 and reportedly weighs 125-pounds. Jefferson has all the physical ear-markings of a tall and long player once his frame gets more maturity appended.

You will be able to see it by merely staring at a still photograph of him. Look at his limbs on the provided picture of him to the upper right of this paragraph.

He has narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, with a diminutive trunk compared to his limbs. We have seen pictures of him on the basketball court and he has an elongated neck too.

We have been around the game of football for decades and decades. We have seen countless numbers of prospects who look exactly like Jefferson in 8th-grade develop into tall, long college football prospects.

Jefferson reminds us at KPGFootball of Jeremiah Collins. Collins is a tall, long defensive back for Louisville’s Male High School who is one of Kentucky’s most coveted and recruited prospects in the ’23 graduating class.

“J2,” as he is called, has offers from Louisville, Illinois, Purdue, UK, and Miami of Ohio and is a three-star rated prospect by 247Sports.com, a heavyweight in the national recruiting evaluation business. Collins is listed as 6-2, 150-pounds playing corner.

We think Collins is closer to 6-3. Collin’s wingspan is eminently longer than his height, which is much of the reason he is so coveted.

Is Colin Jefferson the “next Jeremiah Collins?” Perhaps; the two have similar frames.

KPGFootball believes Jefferson’s frame is very likely to finish out similarly to the corner who led Male a year ago in passes broken up (PBUs), was among the leaders in INTs, and figured prominently in registered tackles. Jefferson is off to the right start from a developmental standpoint.

Now on offense Jefferson plays WR. Jefferson figured prominently in the passing attack at JCTMS and has been likened to Vinny Anthony, Jr.

Anthony, is a player on whom we have before spilt quite a bit of ink. Anthony, also a nationally ranked three-star player, has signed with the Wisconsin Badgers to play collegiately this coming Fall.

Vinny is 6-0, and in the neighborhood of 170-pounds. Anthony is a track sprinting star (sprints and hurdles) who caught 49-passes for 1,108-receiving yards with 15-TDs in ’21 on his way to being a consensus All-State selection (Coaches & AP) and a high school All-American (Blue-Grey).

Could Jefferson end up being a taller version of the WR who just graduated and has matriculated to the Big 10 Conference? We don’t know for sure, no one can tell you that with any certainty.

What we can tell you is we remember well when both Collins and Anthony were super skinny, gangly, lengthy middle school stars just like Jefferson is today. It is our best guess this prospect may well be the next…

We’ll just have to see. Your guess is as good as ours.

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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