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AJ King to play at Saint Augustine

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Vols' football standout

By Robert Howey

 

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior football standout Tray King noted several reasons for signing with Saint Augustine College, including the chance to play off the bat.

“They have a big graduating class on their football team at St. Augustine, so I feel there’s a good opportunity to play early,” King said. “The way their coaches recruited me impressed me. They were in constant contact with me.”

AJ coach David Moore said the Falcons came up big with King joining the fold.

“Saint  Augustine is getting a steal,” Moore said. “They got a diamond in the rough. He has size and speed and is going to be tough coming off the edge.”

King shined in the AJ football program.

A two-year All-Region IV-AA performer, King was a three-year football starter for the Vols.

King, an all-region pick and a finalist for the Tri-County Division II Defensive Player of the Year, posted 103 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and three blocked punts, with one returned for a touchdown last season.

King, a three-year starter at outside linebacker,  also worked at wide receiver in the Volunteers’ offense. In his junior season, he earned the Vols’ Best Linebacker Award.

He also earned three letters in basketball and two in track.

AJ defensive coordinator Danny Wright said King has a bright future.

“One of his biggest goals was to earn a college scholarship,” Wright said. “To see him reach this goal through hard work and dedication makes me proud. I know he’s going to do great things for Saint Augustine and make the Volunteer family proud.”

King added several reasons for picking the Raleigh college.

“They run a 3-4 defense like AJ and I feel I will fit in there,” he said. “I like the campus and I look forward to going to college and I’m ready to make the next step. I want to thank my teachers, coaches and administrators for helping me reach this point in my career.”