Kenny Minchey’s expertise on the basketball courtroom are simple. But basketball is not why Minchey dedicated to Pittsburgh on April 30.
The four-star Pope John Paull II quarterback is a 6-foot-1, 206-pound senior who is ranked because the No. 15 quarterback in the nation and No. 5 prospect in Tennessee for the Class of 2023, in keeping with the 247Sports Composite.
Basketball as soon as went hand-in-hand with football for Minchey till he determined to dedicate himself to football. Now he is No. 6 on The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen, a set of the top faculty football prospects for the Class of 2023 in the Nashville space as chosen by the newspaper.
The solely downside was that he hadn’t informed his mom and father instantly about his determination to stroll away from basketball.
“Kenny is a quiet child,” Tomeka Taylor Minchey mentioned. “He is pushed and dedicated, however he is additionally very humble. Maybe generally he is too quiet for me. Sometimes I wish to shake him to get extra emotion out of him.”
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Kenny’s mother, who goes by Taylor, and his father Kenneth Sr. weren’t thrilled with the concept of Kenny going basketball. As a freshman at Pope John Paul he performed each.
“I cherished each,” Kenny mentioned. “And I nonetheless love basketball. But I needed to decide that was finest for my future. I believe football was what was in my future so I figured why delay the inevitable?”
Minchey’s dad and mom, who met as highschool classmates at Stratford High and moved to Hendersonville when Kenny was a 12 months outdated, weren’t indignant that their son wished to pursue football, however have been reluctant to let him go away behind teammates, coaches and a sport he benefited from.
“It wasn’t an enormous deal by any means,” Kenneth Sr. mentioned. “But we knew the type of conditioning basketball offered and the type of agility it offered that helped him in football.
“Plus we wished him to be devoted to his group.”
Minchey’s dad and mom have been justified in their skepticism. Kenny wasn’t the football group’s starter going into his sophomore 12 months. But an harm to the starter 5 weeks into the 2020 season thrust Kenny into that position.
Minchey led the Knights to consecutive wins towards Franklin and Montgomery Bell Academy. It was this system’s first win towards MBA.
“He’s a coach’s dream,” mentioned coach Justin Geisinger, who resigned at JPII in March to take over at Franklin Road Academy. “He’s the way you’d prefer to see a child earn a job, maintain it after which thrive in it.”
Minchey threw for 1,164 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, taking part in half the season. Last season, because the full-time starter, he accomplished 61% of his passes for 3,280 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 3 extra TDs.
In the span of a 12 months, he had 16 presents, together with seven from Power Five applications at colleges like Michigan State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“I simply turned obsessive about football,” Kenny mentioned. “I bought a coach and he and I labored on turning into a greater quarterback each day. I did not do a lot else throughout the summer season between my sophomore and junior 12 months. I do not exit. I do not get together. Nothing. “
Kenny was certainly one of three Tennessee highschool quarterbacks who have been chosen to compete in the 2022 Elite 11 Finals on the finish of June in Los Angeles.
The annual competitors includes 20 of the nation’s top highschool quarterback prospects who qualify from the Elite 11 Regional tour. Following the Nashville occasion at Lipscomb Academy, Minchey joined Ravenwood’s Chris Parson and Lausanne’s Brock Glenn in California. Minchey and Parson each made the ultimate Elite 11.
“Sometimes, as a guardian you wish to see extra emotion from him,” Taylor mentioned. “But Kenny is the identical good or dangerous. He has the identical expression when he throws a landing as he does if he throws an interception.”
And whereas their son’s football profession continues to climb, basketball is by no means far-off.
“After the football season ended (final fall) we requested him if he wished to present basketball one final shot,” Kenneth Sr. mentioned. “I did not care if he would not have performed a lot nevertheless it was extra of a camaraderie factor. But Kenny, unknown to us, bought right into a rec basketball league (in Hendersonville) along with his buddies. Once we came upon, we simply informed him to have enjoyable.”