Could be it’s the shoes, as in 20 pairs of Adidas and Jordans.
Could be it’s the candy. Airheads to be exact.
But whatever it is, Calvary’s Kyle Jones isn’t just fast, he’s superfly fast.
“Kyle’s very quick off the line, but once he gets out 5-10 yards, forget about it. He’s gone,” said senior Demarcus Reid, who has known Jones since they were Little League teammates together. “It’s incredible how fast that guy is.”
The speedster was one of the top offensive threats in the area last year, and he may have become even faster over the last eight months. He caught 36 passes for 687 yards last fall with seven touchdowns for a Calvary team that dominated LHSAA Class 5A state champion Zachary 42-28 in Jerry Barker Stadium.
“Kyle’s a special, special talent,” Calvary coach John Bachman Sr. said. “He’s our slash guy. He can be a wildcat quarterback, in the slot inside or outside.”
Calvary offensive coordinator Jason Bachman has been given a special charge.
“I want Jason to move Kyle around and make people have to figure out where he is,” Bachman said. “He’s that kind of kid. We want to get the ball in his hands.”
At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds Jones carries a punch on offense and he delivers a lick from his strong safety position when he arrives at his 4.45 speed in the 40.
“I like playing offense but I like being the one delivering the hit even better,” he said.
Jones spent the last two years picking up key defensive tips from Chanse Sylvie (now at Oklahoma), Greedy Williams (now at LSU) and Lee Lee Williams (now at Oklahoma State.) He said the trio “mentored” him on the vagaries of the position.
Reid said his friend’s hard work on the football field and in the weight room is unmatched.
“After we lost our playoff game last year to Notre Dame in Crowley, Kyle drug us in to the weight room when we got back to town,” Reid said. “Then he had us back there the next day too. It was ridiculous. But he said we had to get ready for next year.”
Jones runs on the 4×100 relay team, competes in the 110 ad 300 hurdles, while also competing in baseball for coach Shannon Cunningham.
The parent of another baseball player said Jones nearly lapped the second-fastest player on the team when they were running bases.
The Cavaliers face a daunting early season schedule that once again includes Zachary. Jones wants to be a driving force to get his team back to the Superdome once again.
“I remember my first touchdown in the Dome. It was from 5 yards out and I was so excited I just ran over to the sidelines smiling,” he said. “I think we have a chance to get back there if we play team ball rather than going ‘I,’ ‘I,’ ‘I.’ Our speed in the middle and having some tall guys on the outside are our offensive strengths – plus having most of our line back.”
Jones is the product of a single-family home with Kim Jones working as a case management nurse for workman’s compensation. Kyle claims his 13-year-old brother may be a better athlete.
“Kaleb is about 6-1, so he’s already taller than me in middle school,” Jones said. “He’s a pretty big kid and we’re trying to get him to play football.”
When he isn’t working out in one of the three primary sports, he hangs out with Reid, Frederick Davis, Cole Bedgood, Kordavion Washington and Patrick Hill, who attends Southwood.
They compete on the NBA 2K video game, go to the movies or workout.
But when Jones is involved, they do whatever they do pretty fast.