Wagner points towards state title

Tates Creek (Ky.) defensive lineman Jamal Wagner is the prototype for the kind of lineman colleges like to bring in as freshmen. Wagner possesses great size at 6-foot-2, 260-pounds and he also has good speed for the line with his 4.88 forty.

Tates Creek (Ky.) defensive lineman Jamal Wagner is the prototype for the kind of lineman colleges like to bring in as freshmen. Wagner possesses great size at 6-foot-2, 260-pounds and he also has good speed for the line with his 4.88 forty.

Wagner's size and athleticism will likely allow him to play either inside or outside on the defensive line at the next level. But Wagner is already plotting his places for improvement. "I want to get stronger and increase my speed," he said. "I'd like to get my lateral movement down a little," he continued.

But Wagner's strong points are significant to not only his position, but to a football player in general. "My strength is more less defensive play. I pursue the ball really good. I take good angles. I have a head for the ball. I love contact and I like having that pressure behind me," he continued.

Wagner's skills have done enough to attract quite a bit of attention at this early stage. "I'm hearing from Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Illinois, West Virginia, Georgetown College and Campbellsville," he said. Wagner doesn't' hold any offers at this time, but he has taken a key visit.

"I went to Cincinnati's Junior Day. I got invited to Kentucky's Junior Day, but I couldn't attend," said Wagner. And what did Wagner experience at Cincinnati? "I liked the coaches. They seemed real nice. They had nice facilities. It like a good environment that I could see myself at," he finished.

But before college starts, Wagner's got his senior year ahead of him.

"I think I did quite well (last season). I helped the team out. Whatever the coach asked me to do, I could do it. They could always rely on me," he continued. "The goal for my summer is to lift every day. I want do everything at 110 percent, to the best of my ability," said Wagner. "I do that so I can be better in the games. I want the team to perform well and win the city and the state (championships)," he finished.

We'll keep an eye on all the young men from Tates Creek High in the coming months.


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