Jai’lyn Nealy is one of the best players from the state of Georgia in the Class of 2024.
The 4-foot-11, 90-pound Nealy, who attends Feagin Mill Middle School, is a versatile player that works as a defensive back and wide receiver.
Nealy recently captured the 6th grade MVP at FSG’s Macon camp.
Nealy is humbled for the opportunity to showcase his skills against some of the best of the best.
“I felt surprised and very honored. I feel I played good but I could’ve played better. The coaches told me when I mess up that I need to keep my head up. I felt I did good in the DB drills because I was comfortable. I want to continue working on my route running,” Nealy said. “This means a lot because it shows my hard work is paying off.”
Nealy has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron.
“My mindset at defensive back is to stay patient and always be aggressive. At wide receiver it is to stay quick and be explosive,” Nealy said. “What I love most about football is the contact and how physical the game is.”
Nealy has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
“Football has taught me so much,” Nealy said. “It has taught me to not get in your feelings a lot and always work hard. If you don’t give up, anything is possible.”
Nealy recalls his favorite football memory.
“When I was six and I got my first tackle,” Nealy said. “That was a special feeling.”
Nealy takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Nealy makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I try to be a good teammate by setting a good example for everyone else to follow,” Nealy said. “I tell my teammates to always try their best no matter what.”
Nealy appreciates the role his coaches have served in making him who he is today.
“My coaches have helped make me a better person on and off the field,” Nealy said. “They teach me to learn from my mistakes and make the most of each chance I get.”
When Nealy isn’t playing football, he loves studying science.
“It is just very fun to me,” Nealy said. “It comes easy to me and is self-explanatory.”
Nealy admires the play of these athletes.
“I look up to Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick,” Nealy said. “Ridley has speed and explosive route running. Fitzpatrick dominates the game on defense in a big way.”
Nealy dreams of one day becoming the next great Florida State player.
Nealy is excited about where the future will take him both as a player and a person.
“I want to play varsity in ninth grade for my high school, make all A’s and maintain a 3.7 GPA,” Nealy said. “I want to make my mom and everyone in my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
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