The courtship between Arkansas State and William Bradley-King was short and sweet.
And fruitful for both involved.
Bradley-King committed to the Red Wolves on Monday, the day after he returned from his official visit in Jonesboro. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Kansas City Hogan Prep is also one of the top discus throwers in Missouri.
“They started calling me about three weeks ago,’’ he said. “And I felt right away that it might be a place I would want go to school and play football. There was just something about it.”
He is a two-team Class 3 All-State in Missouri. This past season he was named to the coaches and media All-State teams.
“I just feel like it is the perfect fit,’’ said Bradley-King. “I liked how the coaches and the players were so genuine. I just loved it there. And even if I got hurt and could not play football I think it would be a great place to get an education from.”
Coach Brian Early was the first to contact Bradley-King, who said all of the coaches gave him attention and spent time with during his visit. He has also made an official visit to North Dakota State, which has won the last five FCS national titles.
“The coaches told me I have the size to play as a freshman and feel like I am ready to play then that is great,” he said. “A lot of it comes down to how fast I adjust and learn the system. But if I am not ready and need to redshirt that is fine too. “
Bradley-King starts on the Hogan basketball team and said “I don’t average a lot,’’ he said laughing. “My numbers are not really good.”
He said his role is defense and rebounding.
In track it is a different story. He won the Class 3 state meet with a throw of 159 feet, 3 inches. He won the sectional meet at 173. His goal this season is 200 feet in the discus, which would rank among the nation’s best. He plans to be a part of the A-State track team as well.