GLASGOW — Former Glasgow High School seniors Chase Jones and Nick Mitchell may have played their last down for the Scotties, but their football careers are just getting started.
Both will be taking their talents to the next level as Jones is walking on at Western Kentucky University and Mitchell has signed on to play for Lindsey Wilson College in the fall.
“Both players have been a joy to coach,” coach Jeff Garmon said. “They are both extremely competitive players who should expect success at the next level.”
After being the starting running back for the Scotties during the last two seasons, Mitchell finished his career with a total of 3,465 yards and 56 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry.
Along with former Scottie Jalen Sublett, Mitchell is the only other player for Glasgow who ran for more than 2,000 yards in a single season of the past decade. The future Blue Raider ran for 2,071 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2018.
“It was during his sophomore year against Monroe County in a district game where we lost a player due to injury and Nick stepped up,” Garmon said. “Ever since then, he has been lights-out for us. The big thing about him is that he is effective in the red zone. He is going to be a very tough replacement because of how physical he runs.”
After running for 2,000 yards his junior season, Mitchell’s stats dipped his senior season due to the Scotties’ offense becoming more pass-heavy while he also battled an aggravating injury. However, Mitchell is ready to go for the season in the fall.
“It means a lot,” Mitchell said of signing with Lindsey Wilson. “I told my mom at a young age I was going to go college. Now that I’m able to do that with football, it means so much to me and my family.”
For the bruising and tough back, Mitchell says what he wants to work on the most is adding more speed to his overall skill set while adding even more muscle.
“I’ve met some of my best friends here at Glasgow,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to miss them, but I’m so happy that I’m following my dream and getting a chance at being a part of something greater.”
For Jones, he was one of the meanest and toughest defensive linemen of the Scotties has had this decade. Finishing with around 100 tackles and 10 sacks for his career, the 6’3, 260 pound lineman was an opposing force for Glasgow’s defense for the last three seasons.
“His athleticism is what jumps out to me,” Garmon said. “He is a raw, special talent. I really believe that with him and Nick that practicing against better competition will make them even better players. They were both great in the weight room.”
“It’s hard to replace good linemen like him,” Garmon added. “He played both offensive and defensive line this year just because he needed him to do so, and he was good on both sides.”
Jones will have a tough task ahead of him as he claims a spot on a FBS football team, which has seen great success throughout this decade. While he had other opportunities before him, Jones chose to walk-on with the Hilltoppers and accept the challenge.
“I still got a lot of work to do,” Jones said. “But it’s such a blessing to be able to play for WKU. Football is my favorite thing to do, and I’m so excited that I’m continuing my career.”
Jones added that he wants to improve his quickness in his hands and his feet in order to shed off collegiate offensive linemen. The soon-to-be Hilltopper insisted that he is eager to get to camp and start immediately competing.
Even with the future looking bright, Jones is still thankful for his time at Glasgow High School.
“Being a part of the Glasgow community and the football program has been a different feeling for me,” Jones said. “Everyone has been so supportive, and I’ve really loved it here so much.
Mitchell and the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders are currently slated to begin their 2020 season on Sep. 5 at home in Columbia against Florida Memorial University. Jones and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will begin their season on Sep. 5 in Bowling Green against UT Chattanooga.