By Dave Morrison
PRINCETON – Princeton’s Josiah Honaker does not mind setting the bar high. He relishes it.
For instance, the receiver/cornerback says his ultimate goal is the NFL.
He has three offers on the board from the pre-pandemic days from Morgan State, Delaware State and Alderson-Broaddus, but he has received interest from schools like Toledo, Temple and Louisville.
They all like the 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior as a cornerback, a position to which he was moved just last season.
Honaker said defense is “my strong suite.”
“(College programs) like my football IQ, my size and my length,” Honaker said.
Chances are, they would also love his work ethic.
With school closed in the spring and Honaker unable to workout at the school or on the track, he didn’t miss a workout beat. He gathered up a couple of friends and went to work.
“My dad, he went out and bought some equipment and we put it in the basement and we hit it twice or three times a day,” Honaker said.
No hill was to high for Honaker.
“We a giant hill where I live so I’d hit that every day,” Honaker said.
Day after day he waited the call that they could return to the field.
“When they allowed us to get back on the field, me, my quarterback (Grant Cochran) and and a couple of others would hit the track and the football field every other day.”
With that type of dedication, Honaker is expecting big things this season.
Last season he had 20 receptions for 412 yards and three touchdowns, second to Ethan Parsons who had 58 grabs for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Typically, he is setting the bar high.
“Offense, I want at least 15 to 20 touchdowns,” Honaker said. “On defense, which is my strong suite, I don’t want any touchdowns thrown on me this year.”
Honaker said the receivers are competitive with one another is a good-natured way.
“We like to have competition in the weight room but on Monday’s when we meet up to watch film we like to talk about who had the most catches, or the most yards, just anything to pick on each other,” Honaker said. “But really makes us all better.”
So, who is the strongest receiver on the team?
“Ethan Parsons,” Honaker said.
Who is the fastest?
“Me,” he responded.
Is it even close?
“No,” Honaker said.
Who had the best catch of the season last fall?
“I’d say Ethan did, against Oak Hill, when he went to the back of the end zone and caught it (for a touchdown) over three or four defenders.”
Honaker said that fans could expect big things from the Tigers this season after winning just two games last year.
“The sky’s the limit for us this year, honestly,” he said. “We have so many people coming back, we only lost a few. With football it’s next man up. The coaches really believe in us. The fan base that we have and the access we have is amazing.”
Like he did the hill near his house, you can expect Honaker to attack the season at full throttle.