Jackson Herald sports reporter Ben Munro catches up with Jackson County Comprehensive High School three-sport athlete Jase Latty in this segment that profiles local coaches and athletes. Latty, a starting safety for the Panthers who also plays baseball and basketball, talks about his role on the JCCHS football team, his busy schedule as a year-round athlete and a really good movie he just saw.
Munro: You’re a three-sport athlete. How much demand does that have on your time?
Latty: Yeah, it’s a ton. I never get a break between my schoolwork, church, my family and all that. It’s busy. I’m always busy.
Munro: As far as the football field goes, I hear you’re kind of the “quarterback of the secondary.” That’s what coach Harrison has kind of said. So what do you do to lead those guys?
Latty: I try to watch a lot of film and make sure I’m prepared to be able to help everybody out and get them in the right spots.
Munro: You had a recent surgery. What happened with that and how do you feel now?
Latty: I tore my meniscus during summer during workouts. I had surgery June 10. I’m feeling good now. I had physical therapy, and I just got done with that, so I’m 100 percent now.
Munro: As far as playing three sports, do you have one that comes more naturally than the others?
Latty: Everybody asks me that, and I have no idea. I just go with the flow.
Munro: Do you have a favorite then?
Latty: It’s just kind of the type of thing where when I’m playing one sport, that’s my favorite at that time, and it moves on to the next one.
Munro: Is there a pro-athlete that you maybe like to emulate or follow?
Latty: Derek Jeter.
Latty: Everybody looks up to him. If you talk about baseball, that’s the person that comes to your mind.
Munro: What about football?
Latty: Ray Lewis was one of my favorites when he played. He was a great leader.
Munro: Is there an NFL team you follow?
Latty: The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.
Munro: Obviously Atlanta because of the local tie, but why Miami?
Latty: My dad. Me and my dad have always liked them.
Munro: You mentioned some of the stuff you do outside sports. Do you have any hobbies beyond the playing field?
Latty: (laughs) I usually watch TV when I’m at home chilling because I don’t ever have a break. I like to dance and listen to music, but that’s about it.
Munro: Alright, music. Who are you listening to these days?
Latty: I listen to everything — Christian, rap, country. Anything that’s on really.
Munro: Do you have a favorite artist?
Latty: Not really. I just listen to anything.
Munro: Best movie you’ve seen in the past year?
Latty: I went and saw Ninja Turtles the other night. It was awesome.
Munro: This might be a cliché question, but what would be the perfect job for you in 10 years. What would you be doing?
Latty: I’d love to coach. I’ve always wanted to do that.
Munro: Back to football — what are your individual goals this year?
Latty: Not really so much individual goals, but I just want to be able to change the culture around Jackson County football and want to make it at least to the second round of state.
Munro: Your team had a tough loss Friday, but how good do you think this group can still be?
Latty: It all depends. On our scouting reports we get, coach always puts a quote down, and our quote last week was ‘Don’t get potential mixed up with production. At the end of the day, winners win and losers say ‘what if.’” So it’s all that.
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