Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' HS coach says Skins are "without a doubt" in good hands

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' HS coach says Skins are "without a doubt" in good hands

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Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' HS coach says Skins are "without a doubt" in good hands

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HS coach says Kirk Cousins "always had a plan." / USA Today Sports

HS coach says Kirk Cousins “always had a plan.” / USA Today Sports

Before Michael Jordan was making Bryon Russell fall with a killer crossover and draining the go ahead jumper to win his sixth NBA title with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan was a skinny, determined athlete dominating the competition at Laney High (Wilmington, N.C.).

Before Adrian Peterson was trucking opposing defenses and racking up 2,097 yards in a single season for the Minnesota Vikings he was shining bright under the Friday night lights at Palestine High (Palestine, Texas), averaging 12 yards a carry and scoring 32 touchdowns.

Before any athlete can become legendary they have to lay their foundation in the high school ranks.

Each week I’ll chat with a high-profile athlete’s former coach, mentor, family member, etc., and reminisce about their high school playing days; everything from the greatest moment to the wackiest story.

This week I caught up with Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins’ high school coach at Holland Christian (Holland, Mich.) Tim Lont.

Jason Jordan: What’s your best memory of Kirk on the field?

Tim Lont: I guess the one that sticks out the most is one game when we were in overtime and we knew we were on the end of it. We’d been fighting all game long; I looked at Kirk and told him that we needed to make it happen on this last drive. He threw the touchdown pass and the two-point conversion to win it. It was pretty amazing! He was blessed with a great mind and a great ability to throw the football.

JJ: What’s your best memory of Kirk off the field?

TL: The biggest thing was how much of phenomenal leader he was. The thing I remember is that he outworked everyone in the weight room. Everyone. Kirk had a 4.0 GPA too; he was a lot brighter than I am I can tell you that. He was always really, really organized and focused. He always had a plan.

JJ: He didn’t have the “five-star recruit who’s deciding between a who’s who of college football programs” story.

TL: No, not at all. I definitely didn’t know that he’d be an NFL quarterback; I can’t say that. I was hoping that he could play at the MAC level and I was hoping that his dream could come true where he could play on a big stage in college. He always had big dreams. He would always say, “I do the things that I don’t wanna do so I can get the things that I want.” He wanted to be the starting quarterback at Michigan State so he started getting up at 4:30 a.m. to work toward that; he was the same way in high school.

JJ: What’s the craziest story you can recall from his recruitment?

TL: Probably that it didn’t really happen for him. It was a really slow process. His stats were good but they weren’t great. Schools weren’t knocking down his door. Kirk wasn’t big, strong, quick, but he was a winner and he worked hard for his teammates. He wasn’t the one that you’d say, “There’s a superstar!” I think that’s what makes his story so much better. It’s a testament to his hard work. He did his absolute best in everything that he did. I think that’s why he’s so humble and grounded now.

JJ: So the Redskins are in good hands with Kirk Cousins at the controls?

TL: Without a doubt. You watch; Kirk will keep getting better and better because he’s not gonna be satisfied where he’s at. As long as he stays healthy he’ll be fine. That kid loves God and he loves football almost just as much. They’re in good hands.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY

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