One was bowlegged. One was suffering from a serious lack of confidence and one had to wait in line – a long line.
Wednesday on National Signing Day, all three signed college scholarships.
Kiefer Askew, the one Houston County High School Defensive Coordinator/defensive backs coach Rod Harris said had “knees I think knocked together every time he walked down the hallway” signed with Hanover College, a Division III school out of Hanover, Indiana. Keishoen Jarrett (confidence), signed with the University of Virginia – Wise, a Division II school out of Wise, Virginia and Jaiyon Nealy (waiting in line – because of some very talented players already in front of him) inked his Letter of Intent with Birmingham-Southern College, a Division III school out of Birmingham, Alabama.
And, oh by the way, Harris might have picked on all three to start, but then he got serious. On Askew (who also got picked on for missing track practice because he had to get his hair “twisted” for the event – and told by Harris to expect some “extra laps” as a result; no joke there): “He played tall. He played taller than he was. He always had that attitude (too), the attitude to succeed. Because you take those issues early on, but now he makes it equal out because of that attitude he has (to succeed).”
On Jarrett: “He gets in that weight room, and buys into it, and his body starts changing. And then that confidence level grows. All of a sudden Keishoen’s a straight ‘baller’.
“He’s got a little attitude about him. It’s a great thing.”
For all three, the reason they chose to go where they chose to go was synonymous: They made them feel like they were “family”. They made them feel like they were at “home”.
“Coaches” and “facilities” were also echoed by all three whereas Askew and Jarrett are both planning on majoring in physical therapy – Askew may switch to engineering, he said – and Nealy business administration.
Head Coach Ryan Crawford also opened by praising his star players – Askew a defensive back, Jarrett an outside linebacker/defensive end and Nealy a defensive lineman – as well as this moment in their lives.
“The gratifying part of coaching,” he said. “It’s gratifying to win, but it’s probably the top of why we coach, is to see you go on and play and get your education – number one (education) – at the top level.
“So, congratulations to you all.”