MHS top-30 athletes: Nos. 1-5, Jayden Chestnut takes top honors
Sports editor Kyle Salomon did a six-week series of columns releasing his current top-30 athletes at Mustang High School. This is the final week of the series and he is revealing Nos. 1-5.
Here is a look at my final column of the six-week series releasing my Mustang High School top-30 current athletes starting with No. 1.
No. 1 Jayden Chestnut, senior, softball
The hard-throwing right-hander has been the ace in the circle since she was a freshman for the Lady Broncos softball program. Year after year she leads the Bronco girls back to the state tournament, making deep runs in her first three years for MHS.
Chestnut is hoping her fourth and final chance at a state championship will end happier than her previous three tries for the elusive ring.
The future Oklahoma Sooners softball player is looking forward to her collegiate career, but she’s got unfinished business at Mustang before she heads south to Norman.
Chestnut has accomplished just about everything you could possibly imagine in the high school ranks, including earning All-American status and pitching a scoreless inning in the Triple Crown All-American Game this summer in Colorado.
However, she has one remaining goal on her mind as she enters her senior season in Mustang, and that is to bring the gold to her hometown.
One thing is for certain, with Chestnut in the circle, you always like your chances.
No. 2 Chandler Garrett, junior, football
Chandler Garrett is probably the most exciting athlete at Mustang High School. The 6-foot-5 quarterback is being recruited by several top-level Division I college football programs around the country and certainly keeps Bronco nation on the edge of its seat every time he takes a snap.
Garrett took the starting QB job midway through the year last year from three-year starter and senior Frankie Edwards. He led the Broncos to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, where ice and frigid temperatures halted the Mustang offense against Broken Arrow.
Garrett has the ability to make every throw in the book and can also beat you with his legs out of the backfield. The junior has the ability to run around you like Cam Newton but also has the size to run through you like Blake Bell used to do for the Sooners in the “Bell Dozer” package.
If Garrett makes the type of progression that is expected out of him this coming football season, the MHS football squad is looking at another playoff run that’ll hopefully end deeper than the quarterfinals.
No. 3 Jakolby Long, junior, basketball
Jakolby Long is the LeBron James of the Mustang basketball program. The 6-foot-4 combo guard can run the point guard position, play the two-guard, excels at the small forward position and can even go down in the post and play the four.
The junior has everything you want in a major college Division I basketball player. He can handle the ball, pass from the top of the key, drive to the hoop and dish it to an open teammate or lay it in for an easy two or drain an open outside shot.
Jakolby has trimmed up from last year when he played overweight, according to his father and head coach of the Broncos, Terry Long.
Mustang will be one of the few teams to have a real chance at winning the state title in 6A basketball this season, and if it is going to accomplish that feat, the Broncos are going to need Jakolby to have a big year on the hardwood.
Look for that to occur.
No. 4 Jaci Jones, junior, soccer
Jaci’s love and passion for soccer is limitless. The junior plays both midfield and forward for the Lady Broncos soccer team. She is the one girl on the field head coach Mike Mason doesn’t have to worry about because he knows she is going to bring everything she’s got to the field every day.
Jaci is being heavily recruited by several major college soccer programs across the nation. Whoever is lucky enough to land Jaci is in for a real treat once she steps on campus, but she’s not quite ready for that yet.
Jaci hopes to lead the Bronco girls to a state title by the time her four years are up for MHS. With her in charge of the field for the Mustang girls, that is a definite possibility.
No. 5 Blake Williams, senior, football
When a young man hasn’t played competitive sports in more than a year and is still being highly recruited by Division I colleges to come play football, you know you have a special talent right in front of you.
Blake Williams has fought an illness that sidelined him from sports for more than a year, but he is back to return to the gridiron for the Broncos, and he is coming back with a vengeance.
Normally, replacing a guy like Colton Hadlock at the H-back position would be nearly impossible, but then when you see what Williams looks like on a football field and witness his ability in action, you quickly realize that won’t be a problem.
Williams has a body that looks NFL-ready right now. If he has the type of season everyone is expecting of him, watch out for the Broncos this season because there are not many guys in the state who could bring him to the ground.
Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.