Seated: Scott DeMott, Jarod DeMott and Dee DeMott.
Standing: Ottawa head football coach Kent Kessinger, Smoky Valley assistant football coach John Bellah and Smoky Valley assistant football coach and head wrestling coach Ben Elliott.
LINDSBORG — Ottawa University football coach Kent Kessinger went into his old backyard to sign his latest standout recruit.
Smoky Valley’s Jarod DeMott signed a letter of intent this week with the Braves, who have been the KCAC’s gold standard the past several years.
DeMott missed the entire 2014 football season with a knee injury. It was thought he would be a strong contender for All-State honors had he been healthy.
DeMott’s versatility no doubt caught Kessinger’s eye. He can play slot receiver, defensive end and also is an outstanding punter.
In 2013 for coach Chris Hattabaugh’s Vikings, he earned first-team CKL as a wide receiver, punter and defensive lineman. He was honorable mention All-State as a receiver and punter.
DeMott said he chose Ottawa because it’s relatively close to home and the fact Kessinger’s team annually competes for the KCAC championship.
In addition to his football talents, DeMott was a tremendous wrestler. He missed the first month of this season, but still managed to take fourth in the Class 4A state tournament at 220 pounds.
He will major in engineering.