(L-R) Jasiah Hales, Javoni Hales and K.J. White of Menchville (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
The future and the now represent Menchville in an off-season workout
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
In 2019, Menchville took a step forward in finishing the season at 4-6 and earning their first playoff berth in over 20 years. They hadn’t reached the four-win mark since 2001. It’s been desolate at Menchville, but the tide is turning.
The workhorse of Menchville’s offense and defense is coming into his senior season. Javoni Hales (2021 MLB 5-11 215) is the now for the Monarchs. His younger brother Jasiah Hales (2023 WR/DB 5-9 175) and quarterback K.J. White (2023 QB 5-10 175) are the future.
Friday’s workout was an opportunity to gauge their off-season progress.
“I mostly work out every day. I take breaks to prepare for the next day, and the next day I work even harder,” Hales said. “I keep my head on straight. It’s not about how many offers you have, it’s about the work you put in on the field…. I don’t have offers yet, but I have interest from Cincinnati, Temple, ODU, Wake Forest, UNC, William and Mary, Hampton, Norfolk State and more.”
Younger brother Jasiah was excited about the opportunity to prove himself.
“It was a very good workout. Very fundamental. I really liked it,” Jasiah stated. “I try to hit the field every day, hit the speed ladder, do some DB drills, always make sure I’m running and get that cardio in.”
Fellow Class of 2023 recruit K.J. White is coming into his own at Menchville. White and Jasiah Hales will carry the torch for Menchville once Javoni Hales has moved on.
“I’m putting in work to get my speed, height, strength… I want to be stronger (to stand up against D-linemen), White commented. “It’s important for me to maintain my body so I won’t be out of shape. (I want to) be ready for team workouts.”
We’re looking forward to pre-season team workouts and we’re hopeful that the ritual of pre-season practice and scrimmages will return in August. While we wait, the athletes of the region are doing their best to stay in shape. Once we have a season, we’ll certainly see who put in the off-season work.
– Andy Hilton
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