The Mystery Back Revealed

For several weeks there were rumors of a mystery player that coach Brooks and his staff had kept under-wraps. Until signing day, that name didn't come out and for good reason. Kentucky landed an outstanding under-the-radar running back in Jon George.

For several weeks there were rumors of a mystery player that coach Brooks and his staff had kept under-wraps. Until signing day, that name didn't come out and for good reason. Kentucky landed an outstanding under-the-radar running back in Jon George.

In the state of Alabama, football is King, even at the high school level. So it's hard to believe that a great player can go so highly unnoticed. "I was interested in Jacksonville State, Samford, Arkansas State and Kentucky," said Jon George. "I was talking to Auburn too, but coach Willis went to Alabama."

George had a great season playing in the 4-A (of six classifications) class in Alabama. "It was an exceptional season. I had about 1800 yards rushing. I had 2300 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns. It was a breakout season for me," said George.

As a junior, George only played in a few games due to injury. A track athlete, George severely hurt his hamstring and was unable to play football for most of his junior year. "During the whole summer before his junior year he injured his hamstring. "When he came on, he had an exceptional remaining part of the year," said Keith Howard, head coach of Lincoln High (Al.).

George is unique in that he's not only a great football player, but a track star and a champion wrestler. "Coach Brooks said he'd never seen a combination of a football player, track guy and wrestler," said George. Not only that, but George is a great person off the field as well. "He's got a lot of different strengths. He's a great kid, a Christian kid," said coach Howard. "He's got a 3.5 GPA."

His on the field talents are exception as well. "I run the 40 in 4.48. I really focus on every play; going as hard as I can. I treat every play like it's my last. I just go hard. That's my motto. Everything else goes with that," said George. "I want to get better at everything. You can always get better at everything. Going to Kentucky will help me to develop mentally and physically. I'm looking to get bigger, faster and stronger."

Jon is no stranger to hard work. He's continually training in his other sports. "Wrestling is a really big mental sport. It's constant training, running and drilling. It makes you mentally strong. You fight for three rounds with no breaks. Constantly going and going. It gave me a lot of endurance and strength," said George. "In track, I ran the 400 (meter). That helped with my stride. We ran stadiums, bleachers, hills; that helped with my form. It also helped me become faster," George finished.

In the end, the visit to Kentucky sold him on becoming the a Wildcat. "I took an official visit on the 23rd. I really enjoyed myself. I was pleased with the facilities, the school, and the people that surrounded me. It was great hospitality. I felt at home," George said.

"They said I'd fit in really good there. They like my style of running. They feel like I could be an asset to the team. I play aggressively when I run," said George.


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