Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hailing out of Akron, Ohio at a school  that produced the “King of the NBA”, Lebron James,  St.Vincent-St.Mary three-star cornerback DeAmonte King became the eighth commitment of the 2017 WVU recruiting class last week.

Four seniors are set to graduate after this year for the WVU football team. Antonio Crawford,  Rasul Douglas, Nana Kyeremeh and Iowa graduate transfer Maurice Fleming. King provides hope for a bright future in that position vital in a pass- happy league like the Big 12.

Playing corner and wide receiver, King is a stand out on both sides of the ball for the St.Vincent- St.Mary football squad. He juggles football along with playing hoops and he lead his track team to a runner-up finish in the 1,600 and finished third individually in the 400 meters.

Juggling multiple sports can be a challenge for a young athlete, but with challenges come advantages. So, how does running track and playing basketball help out with King’s ability on the football field?

“Helps me with my athleticism, keeps my endurance up. Makes me stronger, more competitive.”

King had ten total offers from schools around the country, but there was only one that he couldn’t pass up. For King, WVU was a school he always kept his eye on watching players like Noel Devine and Pat White.

“I just felt like WVU always seemed like a fun place to play at.”

For a lot of young high school recruits, playing time can be an important factor in committing to one school over another.  King could get a chance to play early, but for this young man that wasn’t the most important factor in committing to WVU.

“I really just wanted to go to a school,  I knew the position coach was going to make me the best player I had to be. Whether it was me red shirting my first year or not, I just felt like Coach Blue was that guy.”

Did I mention King runs track for his high school team? You hear talk about speed on offense all the time, but speed on defense at the corner position serves vital for a league like the Big 12.

“I have good make up speed,  at corner if I make a mistake, you won’t notice my mistake. I cover ground very quickly.”

Listen to the interview in it’s entirety and listen to the Brandon Lowe Show live every weekday evening at 5 on AM 950 WBES Charleston.  Entire episodes are also available online at 95thesportsfox.com and on your Tune In app.