NEW ORLEANS — Jontre Kirklin is a winner, pure and simple.
That is not up for debate. There’s proof and plenty of it.
The LSU commit won his second state championship on Saturday afternoon, accounting for 381 total yards and 4 touchdowns in a 40-36 victory over a star-studded Amite (La.) squad.
Did you know …
- In his career, Kirklin has thrown for 7,605 yards and 98 touchdowns and amassed 10,687 total yards. All of those are program records.
- Additionally, Kirklin has rushed for 3,082 yards and 51 rushing touchdowns. Not too shabby.
- His senior season, Kirklin passed for 2,543 yards with 29 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,082, including 223 in the title game, to go with 17 touchdowns.
- He’s been the Most Outstanding Player twice in as many state championship triumphs.
- During the past two years, his teams are 27-3 with him in the shotgun. More importantly, Lutcher is 2-0 in the Dome.
- With the state title win, Kirklin is the first Lutcher quarterback to lead the team to consecutive championships.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder won’t be under center for LSU next fall. Instead he will begin his transition to the secondary. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond sees a ton of potential in the 3-star athlete. Some intangibles, too.
“We just talk about keeping my head up and going out and getting another state championship,” Kirklin told SEC Country. “Then it’s time for LSU and time to get back to work again.”
That work ethic is well-documented. Read this if you want to know more.
Heck, Kirklin has never celebrated with his teammates before. Maybe he will now.
Kirklin still has a career at LSU to get going on where he’ll have to compete with the elite collection of defensive backs. That’s never fazed him before.
“The game is the game,” Kirklin said. “If you’re slacking, you’re not coming out on top.”
“I feel like LSU is another Lutcher High,” he added. “I came in here in seventh, eighth grade, and I worked my way up to the top. Now I’m about to start over. If I make it to the NFL, I’ll have to do the same thing. There is always someone that’s better than you or that will outwork you, so I’m just planning to grind and do whatever I got to do.”
Despite several record-setting performances and a second championship ring, no other colleges have been in touch with Kirklin this fall.
Maybe they just realize how solid Kirklin is with the Tigers.
That was elevated another degree when Ed Orgeron was named LSU’s full-time head coach. Kirklin was on the sideline at Tiger Stadium several times this fall and developed an appreciation for Coach O’s style and the atmosphere he put in place.
“He’s a great guy,” he said. “He’s just incredible. Everything … it’s just been a blessing to me.”
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