Signee Spotlight 2010: Kony Ealy

We spotlight New Madrid super athlete Kony Ealy among the 2010 Tiger signees

DE KONY EALY  6'5"  230  4.55   New Madrid (MO) 
(First name is pronounced COE-knee / Last name is pronounced EE-lee)


Ealy is a very versatile athlete who could potentially make an impact on either side of the ball, as he starred as an outside linebacker on defense and as a running and receiving threat on offense for his school.  He's only played organized football for three years, so many feel he's got a huge upside in terms of continuing development.   Most scouting services project him to eventually fit into a defensive end position. ranks him as the nation's #13 defensive end prospect, and says he is a good athlete who does well in space and who has good speed in pursuit.  Ealy was a first-team all-state, all-conference, all-region and all district selection after his senior season which saw him amass 104 total tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 12.5 quarterback sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, 5 forced fumbles, 7 pass break ups, and 4 blocked kicks.  He had 27 receptions for 596 yards and 6 touchdowns, and ran the ball for another 162 yards and 2 TDs
on offense.  He made 89 tackles as a junior, including 31 tackles for loss, and 10.5 quarterback sacks, while adding 21 quarterback hurries.  On offense as a junior, Ealy caught 22 passes for 501 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He is also a standout on the basketball court for New Madrid, where he has won all-state, and numerous all-district, all-region and all-conference honors.

His high school coach is Arlen Pixley.  His parents are Willie Ealy and Nettie Jones.  He's interested in studying business management at Mizzou.  His hobbies are horseback riding, fishing, basketball, movies, and reading.  Kony chose Missouri over Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Illinois, among others.

Ealy helped NMCC reach the state quarterfinals round in Class 3 three-straight times. In addition to his monstrous tackling totals and ability, Ealy also played a big part in their explosive offense that averaged 33.1 points per game.

"The people at Mizzou were just fantastic to be around.  That really got my attention," Ealy said about his decision to attend Missouri. "Coach Pinkel, all the coaching staff and everybody that helps out with their program are just awesome."

Although he is listed as a defensive end recruit and will more than likely begin his stint there, Ealy said he isn't opposed to playing in the tight end position as well.

"We'll probably start on defense first," he said. "If the coaches decide they need me on offense, I'll do that too.  I'm up there for them."


Missouri Assistant Coach David Yost was the primary recruiter on Kony Ealy, and had this to say about the young man from southeast Missouri.

"He's a big, athletic guy with great speed.  We see him as a speed-rushing DE, kind of in the mold of the Brian Coulter, Jacquies Smith, Aldon Smith type of guy.  He was a basketball guy who was highly recruited when he was younger.  Then, he stopped growing at around 6'4"- 6'5", as a power forward.  So, he started focusing on football."

Coach Yost told an amusing tale of how Kony wanted to attend the Missouri-Illinois game in St. Louis.  Coach Yost told them to call Illinois, since the Illini were the home team, and visiting teams aren't allowed to give out tickets to recruits.  Coach Yost told them it was OK, but to just wear Black & Gold to the game.  So, there sat Kony in Black & Gold, surrounded by orange in St. Louis. 

Coach Pixley was very influential in helping Kony find his way to Missouri.

"The University of Missouri is getting a very, very explosive athlete who is going to give them a lot of flexibility," said NMCC head football coach Arlen Pixley. "For him to nail down a football scholarship with Missouri is a testament to his athletic ability and his academic ability to make things right."

"They like the upside in him," Pixley said." What you are getting is a kid who has the chance to one day play on Sundays with his speed and athleticism if he plays with his hand down on defense. And on top of that, they know in the red zone he can go and catch a football. Kony Ealy is just a do-it-all kid."


JP: "Kony has the highest upside of any player in the state of Missouri for the 2011 class. Being a basketball guy and playing AAU ball over the summer has prevented him from reaching an even higher level of play then he has over the past couple of years, which is scary considering the numbers he put up on both offense defense and special teams. He never left the field at NMCC. It is exciting to imagine what he will be able to do with all of his focus on football, at one position, and in getting bigger,stronger and even faster."

"What Kony gives you is an elite athlete that can play on either side of the ball and be an impact player. While he may not see the field from day one, once he does he will make his presence felt. He could probably play sooner on offesne just based on natural ability. However, you want his type of athleticism on defense."

Greg: Kony Ealy is just a tremendous athlete, comparable in many ways to Missouri's Aldon Smith.  An NFL-caliber talent, about whom there is really only one question.  How soon will he get on the field at Missouri?

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