by John Goolsby
Kordell Steele is entering the 2022 football season with one goal: “to win them all.” The 6-foot 3, 225-pound linebacker will play a significant role in getting the Mounties back to the playoffs and their winning ways.
“Kordell is a very athletic linebacker; his strength is stopping the run and making big plays when we need them,” says junior linebacker Ethan Johnson. “What makes him a great player is his versatility.”
Steele, a mainstay on the Valley defense, is hoping to use that versatility to get snaps on the offensive side of the ball at tight end this season. “I’m excited about the opportunity to get the ball in my hands,” he said.
He gave the Mountie faithful a glimpse of his hands and open-field running ability on a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in the spring game. “I’m going to need about twelve receiving touchdowns this year,” Steele joked.
While he may joke around when he is off the field, the humble Steele is all business when the black helmet goes on. “He is very aggressive on the field,” says his mother, Shay Steele. “He takes football very seriously. He says it is his job, and the payoff is his success; he’s always looking ahead to his future beyond high school.”
Steele is seeing his hard work payoff. He attended camps at Florida State, Troy and Middle Tennessee this summer and has garnered interest from UAB, Costal Carolina, Troy, and Middle Tennesse.
Steele put in a great deal of training in the offseason to prepare his body for the grind that is 6A, Region 6 football. The mental aspect of the game is something Steele worked on as well, as he has benefited from the experience of former head coach Chris Mahand. Mahand is coaching linebackers at Shades Valley this season. “He’s shown me new things about the position that I never knew,” said Steele.
Steele has loved the game of football ever since he stepped on the little league fields in Center Point. He wants his legacy at Shades Valley to be that of a winner. “I’m dedicated to this game,” he said. “I’ll do anything for this team.”
The first steps to cementing that legacy will be taken this Friday night when the Mounties travel to Stanhope Elmore. Steele is looking forward to the game, “we are not traveling down there for nothing.”