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Multi-talented Everett shining for Jags

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Farmville Central's Keziah Everett (40) runs onto the field before the game against Greene Central on Oct. 2, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Aaron Jackson
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 11, 2018

East Carolina has been known to scout some of the best receivers in North Carolina, but a new defensive lineman is on the Pirates’ radar, and he not only can shed a block but can also catch the ball.

Farmville Central High School defensive tackle and tight end Keziah Everett is a recent commit to ECU, and he has a lot to offer the Pirates. The 6-foot-2, 330-pound Everett is talented on offense and defense, but the Pirates have recruited him to help out their defensive line in hopes he eventually becomes a leader like he is currently for the Jaguars.

“If I’m on the field, I can help the team,” Everett said. “ECU showed me brotherhood and coach (Scottie Montgomery) kept it real with me. I’m going to find my role and stick to it.”

Everett has grown as a steady presence with the Jaguars. He is a team captain this year and leading a talented Jaguar defense.

Farmville coach Scott Gardner praised Everett on his journey up to his commitment to ECU.

“I like watching big boy play, too. He’s playing at a little higher level and his ankle is starting to feel better,” Gardner said. “When he’s playing at full-speed high level, he’s hard to beat. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

Everett is multi-talented, and Gardner finds many ways to use his star player when he is 100 percent healthy.

On offense, he shows great skills blocking at the tight end position along with sneaking behind coverage to catch the ball. His agility, awareness and ball skills are top-notch for his size.

The 300-pounder is smart and quick with his advances on defense. In last week’s game against Nash Central, Everett posted six tackles, two sacks and constantly pressured Nash Central’s quarterback, aiding in a 40-20 victory.

Everett showed that he was a relentless defender and that he could read opposing offenses. On a key play for Nash Central on third-and-13, he sniffed out a screen pass to a Bulldogs’ running back and made the tackle in the backfield.

Everett likes catching the ball, but he believes his gift is on the defensive side.

“I like getting tackles,” he said. “Just hitting somebody and letting them know you hit them is something I always remember.”

The ECU commit was recruited by many schools, including North Carolina and Duke. ECU football offensive coordinator Tony Petersen and defensive line coach Rod Wright were able to win Everett over in the athlete’s decision. Everett said he loved what the Pirates had to offer and believes staying close to home will be the best option for him.

“My first decision. I didn’t want to stay close to home but it was the brotherhood. Coach Mo told me to go where I’m worth more,” Everett said of his recruitment.

Next, Everett and the Jags (2-5) are set to host North Johnson (2-4) in Eastern Plains 2-A action.

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