They call him ‘Coen’ @Coen_Taylor2 @FCFlyerFootball @840WHAS @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank

Franklin County Flyers

’26 WR led the team in ’23 in several categories and played some defense too

Jacob Taylor prefers to be called “Coen.” He has a brother on the team (Ty Taylor) and the Taylor boys play for one of the true powerhouse programs at the 4A level (Franklin County High). Last season, though only a sophomore, only 5’8,” only 165 pounds, and only several other things on which we dare not dwell; Coen Taylor proved himself one of the more lethal downfield, outside, receiving threats in the KHSAA. What will he do as a junior? Our guess…flourish even more!

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Eddie James, HFC Franklin County High

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KHSAA statistical website

Frankfort, KY: We were talking to an agent of ours about a kid who is incredibly “framed out.” This kid has Power Five height, length, and thickness. If we showed you a picture, he looks much more like “Tarzan” than he looks like “Jane.”

Coen Taylor, No. 2

There is only one small problem. The kid we were discussing that day is not very good at football.

This other guy is going into his junior year and he is struggling to find the varsity playing surface at a program no where near as successful as Eddie James’ Franklin County Flyers. Then you have your Jacob “Coen” Taylor types.

Taylor is 5’8.” Taylor weighs a buck, sixty-five (165). Taylor plays WR and some DB. Taylor is a rising junior, meaning he just finished his sophomore campaign. Taylor is killing it, in the classroom and on the field.

Taylor played in all 14-games for Franklin County a year ago. He caught 45-balls, for 680-yards, with six (6) TDs receiving, averaging 15.1-yards per reception. He was sixth (6th) on the team in scoring.

Taylor…caught 45-balls, for 680-yards, with six (6) TDs receiving, averaging 15.1-yards per reception

KHSAA statistical website

Taylor played some defense. Taylor registered 22-tackles, 3.5 TFLs, a sack and a half (1.5), and an INT Taylor returned 27-yards.

Photo: Linda Younkin, The State Journal

Taylor was just a sophomore. Taylor was playing 4A, Kentucky football. Taylor’s “Flyers” finished the year 13-1, with wins over Great Crossing (6A), Bryan Station (6A finalist), North Laurel (5A), Southwestern (5A), and George Rogers Clark (6A).

The team’s lone loss was to Boyle County. The last time Boyle didn’t win a 4A football crown was 2019.

In ’20 the Rebels won the title, in overtime, over Franklin County. I think we fans can somewhat overlook the ’23 Flyers dropping a game to a 15-0 Boyle team on its own way to the ’23 crown.

Taylor has a hashtag we rather like on his X-account. The hashtag is #heartoverheight.


We often forget this in the football recruiting world. Heart supplanting height is a particular sentiment on display almost everywhere high school football is played across this great commonwealth.

The Taylor-types will shine on Friday nights. They will always find a way.

Often, they will out play those guys who “look like” they should be thriving, but mysteriously aren’t. That is what makes high school football the greatest game on earth.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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