They call him “Q,” we call him splendid, Class of 2021’s Q’Daryius McHenry…

They call him “Q”…photo from the Twitter page of @gregkeown23 (Greg Keown)

How exactly does a Kentucky, Class 5A, football team go from 1-9 in 2017 to 8-4 in 2018? Well, Grayson County High School, in Leitchfield, Kentucky, would say it takes a little “Q”….as in Q’Daryius McHenry.

Who is that you say? Well, someone obviously doesn’t watch much basketball because the 5-11, 185-pound athlete is also considered by many among Kentucky’s top 2021 basketball prospects in addition to what he does on the gridiron.

What Q’Daryius McHenry meant to the Grayson County football fortunes in 2018 is the stuff of myth, the stuff of legend. McHenry played in only 10 of Grayson County’s 12 games, which certainly didn’t limit his on-field production.

Over his ten games, McHenry gained 1,500 yards rushing in 174 carries with 21 rushing TDs. That computes to approximately 8.62 yards per rushing attempt. McHenry also caught 28 passes, from out of the backfield, for 475 yards and 4 TDs receiving. All told, “Q,” in just ten outings, scored 166 points for an 8-4 ball club in 2018 (21 rushing, 4 receiving, and 1 pick-six).

McHenry lists on his Hudl-page playing RB, FS, SS, CB, SB, and WR. Judging by last year’s production, it is entirely possible he can play everyone of those positions. Hell, if he can strum a banjo I can get him a spot on the midway at the county fair!

Defensively, McHenry tallied 32 tackles, 3 TFLs, and had the aforementioned “pick-six” we parenthetically referenced when describing his 2018 scoring output. So how does a guy like this not get more attention? How does he not make the KPGFootball sophomore All-State team? How does he not make the Coach’s or Media’s team either, even as an “Honorable Mention?”

We would imagine either he’s too busy offseason hooping to get around the camp/combine circuit or Leitchfield, Kentucky is doing a poor job of getting the word out on this guy. As for our sophomore All-State team, we just flat missed him…he should definitely be on there.

Q’Daryius McHenry is an excellent representative for the myriad prospects who “fly under the radar” around the commonwealth of Kentucky. If this kid were playing in a less remote region of the commonwealth, he would be on every ranking service’s top-prospect list. While KPGFootball seems late to the party, don’t forget we did beat every one of our competitors, which is why you subscribe to us in the first place.

Now, we have no idea how fast his 40-yard dash time is. We don’t know how fast he can run the pro-agility shuttle. We have never seen his “L-cone” time or either how high he vertically leaps or how far he broad-jumps. His Hudl highlights are chopped up into different game snippets as opposed to their having been conjoined into seasons. Basically, what we are saying is…this kid hasn’t been anywhere close to appropriately publicized and that is really sad.

For our part, we are going to do what we can to get the word out on this prospect. We hear his friends just call him “Q.” We don’t know whether we rank with Q’Daryius to the point we are entitled to refer to him so informally. What KPGFootball can say earnestly is this…He is certainly a splendid football player. He’s also one we will continue to monitor with a bent toward publicizing his accomplishments appropriately from this point forward.

Reporting for KPGFootball, this is F.W. Long, reminding all of you ballers out there to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE.

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