The football program at Winslow Township High School in Atco, New Jersey, is starting to become familiar to Penn State football fans.
It’s offensive coordinator, Bill Belton, was a starting running back at Penn State from 2012-14. One of its players, Ejani Shakir— who transferred to Winslow earlier this year after three seasons at Pennsauken High School— committed to Penn State earlier this month.
Now, one of Winslow’s younger players has impressed Penn State enough to earn an offer.
Kenneth “Deuce” Everett is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete currently finish out his sophomore year at Winslow. This past Wednesday, he got an offer from Penn State. It was his second offer, with Temple being the first.
Nittany Sports Now caught up with Everett to discuss the offer, his relationship with Shakir and plans for his junior season and beyond.
NSN: Where were you when you found out you had been offered by Penn State?
DE: I was in school. It was a class period, and my offensive coordinator, Bill Belton, was a Penn State alumni. He let me know that they offered me and they wanted to look at me more and evaluate me when I come up to campus.
Q: Were you surprised at all that they offered you, being that Temple had been your only previous offer?
A: I wasn’t too surprised because, when (Ejani Shakir and I) took the visit up there, they were really interested in me. When they finally saw what I was like and my frame and really seeing the type of person I was. So I wasn’t too surprised, but I was surprised by how early I got it.
Q: How long does your relationship with Ejani date back to?
A: I knew him since seventh grade. My seventh-grade year, he was in eighth grade.
Q: And how would you describe him as a football player?
A: He’s strong, fast, explosive, quick. Strong hands, for sure. He’s not a vocal leader, but he shows you. He’s definitely a captain. Definitely somebody you should want to mimic. He’s really smart, and he’s definitely a big upgrade to the team this year.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a player?
A: Speed, for sure. My speed is a big factor in my game. Run after catch. Strong hands, I know how to make the catches. I really fight for extra yards. I’m just a big-time-type player.
Q: Who are some NFL receivers that you think you have qualities of early on?
A: Davante Adams with speed and Julio Jones, strong hands. When I really thought about it, I can definitely see Deebo Samuel with the run after catch. I really fight for every yard that I can get and I’m a tough type of player. I know how to take hits and give them back. I really can say Deebo Samuel because I can play anywhere, really. I just need the ball in my hands.
Q: You have two offers now, only a sophomore, both DI offers. Are you expecting the offers to pile up?
A: Yeah. Humbly, I can say that I know offers will pour in. I’m taking it one step at a time, this whole process. I won’t be surprised how many offers I get because I know the type of player I am. But I’m really patient. I don’t force anything. I know my time will come, and I’ll just wait ’till it comes.
Q: What are some goals you have for yourself this year?
A: Well, definitlely 1,000 yards receiving. I didn’t get to show a lot of people what I could do last year and especially my freshman year, you know, the COVID year. I didn’t live up to my potential. I’m really working hard. 1,000 yards receiving, over 50 catches, 10+ TD’s. Defense, I can say, two or more picks. I definitely want to make every tackle I can get. But, yeah, I just want to live up to the potential I have.
Q: How would you describe yourself personality and demeanor-wise away from the football field?
A: I have siblings (the oldest of six), so I’m a protector. Definitely a leader. I like to lead by example. I’m fun to hang around. I like to dance, I crack jokes. I don’t know. I just like having fun.