PTHS senior Jackson Kelly signed a scholarship to play football for Lawrence University in a signing ceremony held at PTHS on April 18.
Kelly is a two sport athlete who has participated in football (OL and DL) and track (shot put) all four years. Kelly was named to the Paducah Sun All Purchase Football team in 2018. He was named All Western Kentucky Conference in 2017 and 2018.
"Jackson is the type of leader who leads by example," said PTHS Head Football Coach Jonathan Smith. "Jackson led by putting his nose to the grindstone and doing exactly what he was supposed to do all the time. He's taken care of business in the classroom and to his credit he's been a two sport athlete, which is important to colleges who come here to recruit. Jackson is respectful to his parents and respectful to his teachers and his peers, and he's made my job being his coach easy."
Kelly said he was contacted by Lawrence College, which is in Appleton, Wisconsin, and really liked what he saw when he took a visit.
"The academics at Lawrence are excellent, and the location is good. It's a nice town and a diverse campus." said Kelly.
Kelly said he plans to major in Physical Therapy.