Life could not be better for King Mwikuta.
The Troup High School defensive end is only 15 years old, and he has already been offered scholarships by four college football teams. Those schools include Louisville, Appalachian State, South Alabama and Jacksonville State.
Mwikuta, a sophomore at Troup High, is also on the recruiting board at Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Georgia Tech. On Thursday the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Mwikuta visited Georgia Tech.
“I took a tour of the school. I saw some coaches, and I saw their stadium and practice field. Georgia Tech is a beautiful school. I like it, and on Wednesday I’m going to Auburn (for a visit),” said Mwikuta.
He is making the rounds. Mwikuta has yet to commit to any school other than Troup High School. Mwikuta does love to play football for the Tigers. Making his college recruitment even more amazing is the fact that Mwikuta played mostly on the Troup freshman team last year.
“They see the potential in me,” Mwikuta said of the college recruiters. “I can’t get a big head. I’m going to have to earn a spot. I want to go to a good football program, and I want to earn a (college) degree in radiology. I want to make my mom, my grandma and my uncle proud.”
Mwikuta is also grateful to Troup Head Coach Tanner Glisson.
“He has taught me how to be a better person and how to present myself (out in public),” said Mwikuta.
Glisson has also instructed Mwikuta on some football basics on the field.
“King has a lot to prove, but he has good size and length. He is put together. He works hard in the weight room, and King has an 82inch wing span,” said Glisson.
Mwikuta can bench press 225 pounds, and he can squat 330 pounds. Mwikuta has played football for seven years going back to his Recreation League days in West Point with the Cardinals and Raiders.
“I played quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver and slotback. I had fun playing football. I liked the competition and making hits. I was a headhunter,” said Mwikuta.
He still is cut out of the aggressive mold. He is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Mwikuta is like a big cat. He pounces, and he attacks.
“I like rushing the quarterback and chasing down the ball carrier. That takes (good) technique. You need to have a good pad level and good footwork,” said Mwikuta. “Defensive end is my best position.”
It’s fun and work for the rising football star for the Troup High Tigers.
“Football is a job for me. I’ve got the ability, and I can play. Football is the first sport I ever played, and it’s my favorite,” said Mwikuta, who wears size 14 shoes.
Mwikuta also plays basketball for Troup High School. He averaged six points and eight rebounds per game for THS as a freshman last season.
“I can post up, and I’m explosive. I’m a skilled athlete,” said Mwikuta.
The football recruiters from Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Tech already know that.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer