Catching Up With The 2011 Class: Asante, Jarrett

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KEVIN ASANTE, WR, Mallard Creek High School (Charlotte, N.C.)

Current height and weight: 6’1″, 185 pounds

Arrival date in Blacksburg: July 1. Will enroll in the second summer session.

Notable: Once again ran outdoor track in the spring, this year participating in the 200 meters, the 4X100 relay, the 4X200 relay and the high jump. He claims a personal best time of 21.8 seconds in the 200 and a personal best high jump of 6’4″. This season, Asante helped the 4X1 relay squad to a fifth place finish in the state.

As a freshman, Kevin Asante didn’t try out for football. He suited up for the JV squad his sophomore year, seeing only limitied action. Asante started only one game on the varsity his junior season, thus entering his senior year seriously under the recruiting radar. He took advantage of his final opportunity, hauling in 1,003 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Following the big-time senior season, the Charlotte area standout remains humble as he is set to begin his college career at Virginia Tech.

“I’m not cocky at all,” he said. “I still have to prove more stuff. My freshman, sophomore, and junior years, I didn’t do anything. I have a lot to prove to a lot of people because they didn’t expect me to do what I did last year.”

Asante relates to another Charlotte area standout, Tech rising senior and former Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) receiver Jarrett Boykin. The incoming freshman intends on paying close attention to Tech’s all-time leading receiver this coming year.

“I know me and Boykin had similar high school rides,” Asante said. Like Asante, Boykin’s best high school season came in his senior year. “I’ve talked to him. He has already given me some pointers. He played a lot his freshman year. He told me the hardest thing ever for him was learning the plays. That was the hardest.”

Asante is not setting the bar low in terms of long-term individual goals. For his first year, he says he plans to “listen. I’m going to work really hard and stay on the books. I’m focused on football and school.”

Ultimately, “I’m trying to be the go-to receiver,” Asante said. “As the years go by, I want to