RISING STAR: Jashun Grant honors grandmother through football

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WICHITA, Kan. Senior quarterback Jashun Grant is leading Wichita South in their first 3-0 start since 2015, and he’s playing for more than himself.

“When I lost my grandma a couple weeks ago before she died she talked to me about it and she told me don't ever give up on football,” Grant said. She wants me to go far and she's going to be with me all the way.”

Grant lost his grandma to kidney failure. But, he’s turning the pain from the loss into fuel.

With 508 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns through three games, that fuel is lighting a fire.

"He's a kid that you see every game, every play, approach it like that's the last one he's going to be on the field,” South High Head Coach Russ Wells said. “His intensity is really unrivaled, I've been coaching for 23 years and haven't seen very many kids that just attack every single play like he does."

This season is only Grant’s second year playing quarterback, and he’s not only a weapon on offense, but on defense as one of the Titan’s top cornerbacks.

“Playing both sides of the ball, it takes a lot of character because playing on the offensive side playing quarterback you have to know what everybody on the field is doing,” Grant said. “Playing defense you have to be really smart at your position because if you mess up a big play is going to happen.”

With a 4.54 40-yard time, Wells said lethal speed is just one of the many reasons Grant is dangerous on both sides of the ball.

“He'll put the time in, he studies on Hudl, he asks questions, he’s just an eager student and an eager learner,” Wells said. “Whatever college picks him up is going to get someone that devotes himself to the position. It doesn't matter what it is, whether it’s quarterback, running back or defensive back, he’s going to be one of the hardest workers in the room.”

The hardest worker in the room, who’s playing for more than himself.

“I just want to do everything for her, I want to make her proud and I know she’s going to be with me every step of the way.”