By Tim Chambers
Jordan Edes-King is your typical “Smokey and the Bandit” on the football field because he’s always pursuing something. His “chase” begins with sacking the quarterback which he hopes will lead to a conference title.
The rising junior defensive end takes pride on having a nose for the football. He touched on his position and how he became a Johnson County Longhorn.
“I love rushing after the quarterback and applying the pressure on him,” said Edes-King. “That’s something that I’ve always loved to do. I love playing here in front of our fans and student body. Football really means something to all the people up here.”
Football didn’t begin in Johnson County for Edes-King until three years ago.
“We moved here from West Palm Beach, Florida when I got to middle school. I love it here because it’s so much different than where I came from. The violence down there is terrible so that’s pretty much the reason that we are here. People here in Johnson County care about their community and one another. They pack the stadium on Friday nights for football and the gym when basketball season starts. It’s a special place to live and go to school. I am so happy that we ended up here.”
He’s not the only one happy that he came to Johnson County. Head football coach Don Kerley and basketball coach Austin Atwood are glad he came too.
“Jordan is part of a junior class that is starting to get stronger in the weight room and quicker on the field,” added Kerley. “He’s going to play defensive end and will see some time as a receiver.”
Atwood said it‘s the little things he does that makes him an all-around good player.
“He is a great person to have in your program,” said Atwood. “He’s a hard worker, very athletic and all the kids like him. He’s a little undersized to play in the post, but he does the dirty work and likes it. We’re glad he plays for us.”
Playing sports has helped Edes-King adapt since arrival from Florida. He touched on a few friends that have been helpful.
“I’ve been buddies with Hayden Osborne, Benji Bower and Will Kerley since I got here. We have one another’s back on and off the field.”
Edes-King said that he has no preference when it comes to football and basketball.
“I love both sports the same. It’s rough coming out of football into basketball because you go from running on a grass field with cleats to running on a gym floor. It was hard at first but I’m getting used to it. It’s a different kind of getting into shape.”
There is a good bloodline in the Edes-King family.
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