JOW - Kenneth Charles

by Ryan Peterson

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) Kenneth Charles was the man at Hightower High School.  He was a three letterman and team MVP. Charles had 15 sacks his senior season.  But coaches weren't focused on his stats, just his measurements.

"I had a couple of options," Charles says.  "But I didn't really get offered. I wasn't highly recruited because of my size actually."

Charles jumped at a chance to walk on a S.F.A.  Listed at 240 pounds, he's undersized for a defensive tackle.

"People say I'm too small to do this," Charles says with a laugh.  "I use that as motivation. I may be undersized for a defensive tackle, but it's all good. I play like a 300 pounder."

His coaches agree. The former walkon is now a starter under scholarship.  Charles had a career game on Saturday leading the Jacks with ten tackles.