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’27 DB has proven himself fast, explosive, and dynamically athletic

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature has been written by KPGFootball‘s board member, Greg Gough. It is not the custom of Mr. Gough to publish on the site so he is publishing under Fletcher Long’s by-line. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see what Gough can do. HB, as is customary, still provided the scouting report.

With this particular prospect, it is all in how his frame finishes. He looks to us to have a long, tall frame on which considerable muscle already hangs. He has upper-level speed, strength, power, and athleticism and his dynamic box jumps demonstrate upper-level explosion. We heard his speed made him a demon on the base paths before he hung up the baseball spikes this spring to focus on getting himself physically prepared for high school football.

HB Lyon, KPGFootball Scouting Division

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Today, the Mingua Beef Jerky Company still prides itself on using its old-fashioned, all-natural recipes which offer outstanding products to customers across the nation. The recipes are a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.     

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein-packed PerformerJames Nicholas (Jack) Whaley Long from Hopkinsville, Kentucky wouldn’t it? 

Long played both ways & was voted the team’s best all around player at season’s end

Hopkinsville Middle School Football Staff

Jack Long has had quite a year. First, Long played both ways for HMS and was designated, by the team and coaches at year’s end, its best all around player.

Long has really taken to the weight room this offseason. While only weighing 118-pounds, Long was able to bench press 150-pounds while deadlifting 225.

Jack at Atlas Athletic Club’s
Omega Force Strength Team
Open Powerlifting meet

For his efforts, Jack won first place in the “Teen” division and first place in his weight class. Jack took home two big trophies for his effort. As for the sport of power-lifting, the boy appears pretty hooked. 

Jack tried baseball this Spring and the results were promising. Jack was reportedly so fast on the base paths that any slow roller anywhere on the ground to the left side of the diamond was a guaranteed base hit.

Long also stole quite a few bases. Matter of fact, KPGFootball was told Long wasn’t “caught stealing” a single time, in spite of having a constant run sign and everyone in the park knowing he was off on the pitch.

Long dropped baseball before the season finished. Long did this to focus on getting physically ready for football this coming Fall as he has a real opportunity to see the field on Friday nights early.

I dropped baseball to focus on getting physically ready for high school football hoping to garner some early PT

James Nicholas Whaley (Jack Whaley) Long, ’27

Long’s manager made him promise to resume baseball in high school. Skip swore, up and down, that Long has real promise as a lead-off hitter/outfielder/base stealer-extraordinaire.

Long’s prowess as a power-lifter can’t be ignored. Videos of his dynamic feats of strength, like doing dips with 50-pounds hanging off his waist, dot the social media landscape and give coaches premonitions of his rounding into a dominant football player at the high school and even college levels.

Those of you reading this, be honest about something here. How many varsity football players on your present roster could strap 50-pounds around their waist and perform five, honest, deep dips similar to the video above linked? How many?

Jack Long, ’27, has exhibited upper-level athletic skills on the football field, baseball diamond, and weight room; Photo Credit: Lorie Maxwell, Sunflower Photography

As for Long’s prospects going forward, the jury is in on whether he will be a very good, high school football player. As for college, it is all about how his frame finishes. It is off to a rather strong, long, and fast start.

We have awarded this to Long as we can’t fathom how any one student athlete could have taken the skills the Good Lord gave him and done anymore with them. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’27 DB could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.   

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 all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Hoptown’s, Jack Long. 

This is Greg Gough, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, reminding you to get some Mingua Beef Jerky today and SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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