By DOUG EADS
Even a 2019 high school football season that was shortened due to an injury couldn’t dampen the career of Pulaski County All-State wide receiver Jake Sloan.
Sloan will graduate from Pulaski County High School in May of 2020, and last week on the first day of the early signing period, one of the all-time Maroon greats inked his name on an official letter and offer, to continue his football career at the next level for Eastern Kentucky University.
Sloan – who followed in the footsteps of another Jake — Jake Johnson, who left PC as the all-time leading receiver in Kentucky High School Athletic Association history with several state records — certainly made his impact in both the Maroons program and in the KHSAA as well.
For his career, Jake Sloan finished with 312 catches, leaving him number two all-time in Kentucky history behind only his former teammate, Johnson.
As a junior, he recorded 116 receptions, which is number two all-time for most receptions in a season.
He once hauled in 17 catches in one game, which is the third highest total ever in a Kentucky high school football game.
Sloan finished his career with 4,012 yards receiving, which is 7th all-time in Kentucky history, to go along with 29 touchdowns.
Earlier in August when he announced he would be attending EKU, Sloan stated at that time it was certainly a dream come true for him personally.
“Oh yeah, it’s been a dream of mine for a long, long time to play at the next level,” Sloan stated.
“When I made my visit to Eastern Kentucky University, I really felt at home and was at ease, and I knew deep down that EKU was where I needed to be, and where I wanted to continue my football career,” Sloan added.
Sloan’s 2019 season was cut short by injury, but he still made an impact most every Friday night this past season on the football field for Pulaski County.
Teamed up in 2019 with a new quarterback — Drew Polston — who took over the PC offense for the graduated Wiley Cain — that duo had instant chemistry on the football field.
Sloan was on his way to a huge year, and still had a big year despite missing PC’s final two games of the season with injury.
In 2019, Sloan hauled in 77 receptions for 899 yards and five touchdowns, as was named a member to The Doug Out’s All-County football team.
The man that coached Sloan for the past four seasons — PC head coach Johnny Hines — stated recently that he couldn’t be more pleased for the future his most recent wide receiver standout has awaiting for him at the collegiate level.
“We are happy for Jake that he has the opportunity to play big time college football,” stated Hines.
“It was truly a dream come true for Jake to be able to play at EKU,” continued the Maroon head football coach. “We look forward to following his career with the Colonels.”
For Jake Sloan, having the opportunity to play collegiate football for Eastern Kentucky University is indeed a dream come true.
For the Colonels, they got an absolute steal by signing one of the all-time greats to ever play football in the KHSAA.