As you are aware, we both have and continue to cover Clarksville, Tennessee talent, and talent from the Clarksville metropolitan area, as part of our coverage area largely because we have interests located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville and Clarksville comprise one metropolitan area in spite of one city being in Kentucky and the second laying just across the Tennessee state line.
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Today we go up the road a little from Clarksville to its sister city, Hopkinsville, Kentucky to award this week’s honor. Hopkinsville has a fine tradition in football and has won two KHSAA football state championships previously (1965 & 1966) and one prior to the KHSAA’s forming (1940). The Tigers have played for it all on three other occasions, 1984, 1996, 1997.
The Tigers look to rebound this year after consecutive losing seasons over which time the proud program suffered through an 11-14 stretch. The Tigers have had its share of tragedy over the course of time, having its most promising young player, EJ Austin, die in a tragic accidental shooting and QB, Jay Bland was lost for the year a season ago early in the second half of the fourth game with an ACL tear which required surgery.
However, today’s recipient has certainly been a bright spot for the Tigers. Reece Jesse, Jr., who trains with Riley Howard’s elite cadre of athletes out of Nashville, Tennessee, called Elite-3, made the KPGFootball sophomore All-State Football team a year ago and was honorably mentioned on the AP’s All-State team though only a sophomore.
Jesse has been offered recently by the University of Missouri to play football for the FBS-Power 5, SEC team. He also sports an offer from Purdue University, another FBS-Power 5 team out of the Big-10 conference.
Reece Jesse, the 6-4 inch, WR with the nearly 80-inch wingspan and 39-inch vertical (remember we posted once an article with a video of him performing a 360-degree, two-handed, slam-dunk), led Class 4A, in 2018, with 29.74 yards per reception in spite of having to play 8.5 games with a WR (Ellis Dunn, 2019) at QB slotted at that position for the first time in Dunn’s high school playing career. Jesse is a kid who will have a big year this year provided he gets the targets one would expect for a kid with his immense size, off the charts length, and incredible vertical explosiveness. It doesn’t hurt his hands are soft, nimble, and incredibly receptive to the football either.
Congratulations to Hopkinsville High School’s Reece Jesse, Jr., Class of 2021, for being chosen our Meeks & Meeks, Attorneys, Montgomery County Area Player of the Week! Join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient.
This is Fletcher Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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