Menchville RB Javoni Hales (Photo: Sarah Murphy/recruit757)
Changes at Menchville open opportunities for Javoni Hales
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
There have been some changes at Menchville over the last month or so.
Rodney Taylor has been hired as the new head coach for the Monarchs after Ray Savage coached the team to a 4-26 record over the last three seasons.
The family line of Naotalas on the Menchville defense will be disrupted. Kalepo Naotala went on to Hawaii after playing at Menchville. Seth (2020 LB 6-1 215) and Koa (2022 LB 5-10 190) Naotala have made it clear they will transfer to Woodside for the 2019 season.
That leaves Javoni Hales as the obvious leader of the football program coming into his senior season.
Hales had a great day at the Clash of the Titans Showcase and he was honest about his future at Menchville.
“We’re in a rebuilding process right now because we lost two main, key (players) in Seth and Koa. They went to Woodside. I’m trying to fit in with the linebackers. I’m also trying to get a relationship with my offensive linemen so we can double the yards and double the touchdowns that we had (last year), so those two-point (losses) can be winning games,” Hales said. “I’m going to be a linebacker this year, replacing Seth, calling the shots. I’m going to have to (take on) a bigger role.”
The Clash of the Titans gave Hales an indication of where he stands competitively coming into his senior season. He’s looking to earn offers and he’s been working hard in the off-season in order to be ready to earn offers at college one-day camps if necessary.
“There’s good competition (out here),” he said. “I’m visiting ODU, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, and I’m talking to Coach Savage about more visits. I’m focused on college camps and training. I’m (also) working on getting my education right so that colleges can look at my transcript, not just my highlight tape. I want coaches to know that I’m smart on the field and smart in the classroom.”
– Andy Hilton