Hidden Gem: Jesse Kontras

We're back and looking for Hidden Gems in Ohio. Here is our latest find. This prospect first caught my eye last spring and then had a great summer at several camps. Learn why he may be the latest Hidden Gem to get noticed by college programs.

When I started Ohio Prep Scene almost three years ago, my goal was simple. Promote Ohio High School athletic prospects who may have fallen under the radar. We'll after spending a year on JJ Huddle, I'm back and OPS will again be looking for the top prospects that may have been missed by those who don't make the major headlines.

So to start off things on the right foot, I've got a player I have been following for a few months now. Jesse Kontras has seen several colleges take notice and is starting to reap the benefits of the hard work done this past summer.

First let me give you a little information about Jesse. As a safety/linebacker at Jonathan Alder High School (Plain City, Ohio), Jesse has been a main stay over the past three seasons. Jonathan Alder has been a team that each year looks to make the playoffs. This year they reached the second round before bowing out. But while the team didn't reach their goal, a couple of players have seen college coaches make the calls and show interest in their ability.

With running back Brad Miller being another sleeper, and Pete Saxon having already committed to Indiana, Jesse Kontras looks to make three players who earn the chance to trade football for an education. Kontras attended the Scout.com Akron combine this past spring and made an impressive session. By posting the following numbers, Kontras opened the eyes of several colleges.

Combine Results Spring 2005

Height: 5-11.5

Weight: 188

40 - Time: 4.59

Short Shuttle: 4.25

Vertical Jump: 32.0"

3-Cone Drill: 7.17

Broad Jump: 9-5

OPS spoke with Jesse about how things are going.

OPS: Jesse, what schools have been showing interest in you?

JK: I'm hearing from several of the lower level schools along with the Air Force Academy at this time. I've had a couple of Ivy League schools call, and the Academy has called and sent many letters in the past few months.

OPS: Do you have interest in the Air Force Academy?

JK: I'm not sure at this time. I know they have a great program and you not only make a commitment to football, but to also serve your country afterwards.

OPS: What makes the Academy a possible school you would choose?

JK: The fact that football doesn't last forever. Knowing I would leave there and have to serve and also have the chance to retire from the Air Force at a young age is something I'm looking at.

OPS: How are your grades?

JK: There good. I have a 3.4 GPA and scored a 20 on my ACT. I know talking to the coaches at the Academy that may not be good enough to get in at first. They have a prep school I could attend and play another year of football before going into the Academy.

OPS: What do you want to study?

JK: I'm looking at Criminal Justice or some other form of law enforcement.

OPS: How was your senior season?

JK: It was good. We advanced to the second round before losing. So that was a disappointment for our team, but I had a good season. I suffered a shoulder injury towards the end of the season but had to play through it.

OPS: What type of stats did you post?

JK: I'm not sure yet, we get those numbers in a couple of days.

OPS: Jesse, keep us informed with what is going on and good luck.

JK: Thanks.

When I first saw Jesse, it was on a highlight tape from his junior season. I've just received a copy of some senior highlights and have those for you today.

To view the two video clips you will need Windows Media Player.



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