By DOUG EADS
Pulaski County’s Jake Sloan enjoyed a monster junior season in 2018, hauling in 116 catches for 1,666 yards and 13 touchdowns, in helping lead the Maroons to an 11-3 record and to district and regional championships.
Thanks to a phenomenal year on the gridiron last season, Sloan is in place to put his name in a ton of categories within the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s all-time receiving lists for the upcoming year — his last one in a Pulaski County uniform.
Over the past three seasons, several colleges have taken note of arguably, the best wide receiver in the state of Kentucky in the class of 2020.
With the 2019 high school football season still almost two months away, Sloan has already had a great start to his senior year, as he committed to play his collegiate football at Eastern Kentucky University last weekend.
“I always wanted to play Division I football, and I didn’t want to go too big,” stated Sloan.
“I began talking to coach (Mark) Elder a few months ago, and we just really clicked from the very beginning,” continued the PC senior. “We got along really well, and he made me feel right at home at EKU.”
Sloan has already had a remarkable career in his three years at Pulaski County, with a total of 235 receptions for 3,113 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Pulaski County head football coach Johnny Hines says that in Sloan, Eastern Kentucky University got one heck of a football player that will make a solid contribution down the road for the Colonels.
“We are extremely proud of Jake and all that he’s accomplished here at Pulaski County High School,” stated the Maroon head coach.
“We’re certainly looking forward to Jake’s senior year and what is ahead of us,” Hines added. “He had several offers, and Eastern Kentucky University is the one that he wanted all along, and he’s excited about it and we’re excited for him. He’s going to have a very good opportunity to go on and play at EKU.”
Sloan becomes the 75th player to receive a collegiate scholarship for football since Johnny Hines first came to the school as an assistant coach back in the mid-90’s.
The PC head coach says he is extremely proud that in Jake Sloan, the Maroons tradition of sending kids onto the next level remains in tact.
“We think Jake is poised to have a season this year of epic proportions, and I wouldn’t trade him for any other receiver in the state of Kentucky,” stated Hines.
“We have been blessed to have sent so many kids on to college to play football, and to be honest with you, we felt like many of them were D-I caliber players that didn’t get those kind of offers, but we’re happy for Jake, and I know he will excel at EKU,” Hines added.
Jake Sloan will no doubt make an impact at Eastern Kentucky University down the road, but first thing’s first.
Sloan still has a senior year to go in 2019 at Pulaski County High School, and that my friends spells trouble for opposing defenses facing the Maroons this year.