Jaquez Keyes - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Running Back
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Ironton, Ohio
  • High school Ironton
  • Previous School Wake Forest

2023 – Freshman
• Transferred to Kentucky in July after originally signing with Wake Forest out of high school

High School
• Listed as a three-star prospect and top-25 player in the state of Ohio by
• A two-way player at running back and linebacker for head coach Trevin Pendleton at Ironton High School for three seasons
• Played freshman season at Mize High School in Smith County, Mississippi before moving to Ironton, Ohio
Earned both OHSAA All-State and OHSAA All-District honors after totaling 1,063 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns out of the backfield for 126 points
• Averaged 6.3 yards per carry
• Defensively, totaled 56 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks as a linebacker
• Helped lead Ironton to the Division V state football championship as a senior in 2022
• Charted 152 yards and scored three of the final four touchdowns for Ironton in the win in the 2022 state semifinal game
• Ran for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior on just 94 carries, averaging nearly 11.5 yards per carry
• Earned a spot on the AP Honor Roll

• Born in Mount Olive, Mississippi
• Son of Jermaine Keyes and Dana Green
• Siblings are Shania Green, Angelo Washington, Jermaine Jr. Keyes and Tamarah Green
• Two cousins, Byron Young and Eugene Sims, played in the NFL
• Major is undecided

Ja Says
• His nickname is “Ja”
• Three ways to describe him are laid back, determined and gamer
• If he could only eat one meal the rest of his life it would be pizza
• His family motivates him to work hard
• Other than playing football he also likes to play basketball

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