Good ol’ No. 58 for the Cavaliers does have an uncanny way of explaining life down in the pits on the offensive line.
“If you don’t get it done, someone is going to get smashed,” said Callaway High junior offensive tackle Keiondre Jones. “I like the pressure.”
Indeed he does. Jones has been a starter for the Cavalier football team since he was a baby-faced freshman. He is no longer 14 and naïve. Jones is now 16. He has bulked up and wised up.
He is basicly an immovable object. Jones has shot up to 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. He plays with an attitude, and Jones is expected to start again for the Cavaliers for the third straight season.
“I like going against the best. I’m getting more aggressive. I used to think too much (as a freshman and sophomore). You have to be mean. You have to be unselfish, and you have to play as a unit (on offense),” said Jones.
He is always looking to make an impression. He is forever trying to leave his calling card on the field. That’s Keiondre Jones to a T.
“I want to make sure the person in front of me remembers me tomorrow. I have the attitude that nobody can beat me, but not in a cocky way. You need to have it in you,” said Jones.
Oh, No. 58 has it in him alright. He is a dominator. He is a towering inferno. Jones is a tree trunk with limbs. Jones is a super hero, Batman possibly.
Maybe even Batman would like to do some of the super human things that Jones can do on the football field. Jones has a special talent, and he uses it play-by-play for Callaway High School.
Coach Pete Wiggins is simply glad Jones chose to play for the Cavaliers.
“KJ knows how to take the angles and the run lanes. He has gotten stronger every year. He has good form and technique,” said Wiggins.
He is also built for success in academia. Jones is a good student, and last year he studied his way to a grade point average of 3.2. He is a good test-taker, and Jones is always looking to lead in the class room as well as on the football field.
“I’m a pretty smart kid. I’m just blessed,” said Jones, who is the son of Antrenise Broughton of LaGrange.
Jones is counting his blessings daily, along with his scholarship offers from the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Tennessee Vols and the Southern Cal Trojans. They all want Jones to play football for their school, just as Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, Alabama and Clemson do.
They, too, have offered Jones football scholarships, although he can’t sign for another year. Georgia Tech and the North Carolina Tar Heels have also extended their recruiting hands. The Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels want Jones, too. Oregon and Arizona State have made scholarship offers to Jones as well.
The player known as KJ plans to stay uncommitted on the recruiting scene for now. But Jones plans to stay very committed to Callaway High football.
Jones will be a Cavalier forever.
“I lead, and I do what I have to. But I am surrounded by some good guys (at Callaway). Football is my world, and you have to play as a team,” said Jones, who can bench press 365 pounds.