King Expects to Be A "Star" At Auburn

Brandon King talks about his official visit to check out the Auburn football program.

Alabaster, Ala.--Brandon King surprised himself by committing to Auburn on an unofficial visit in early January. On Sunday he noted that is initial choice was the right one and he is done with recruiting except for signing with the Tigers on February 6th.

The 6-2, 214-pound safety played for Highland Community College in Kansas where he earned All-Jayhawk Conference honors last season as a sophomore.

"I will finish up (with classes) around the first week of May," said King, who noted that he will be moving to Auburn after that and begin his days as a safety playing for Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

When King visited Auburn the last time classes were out and the players were not on campus. That was different this weekend. One of the highlights for the safety was to get to spend time with his future teammates.

"Jeremaine Whitehead was my player host and he did a great job," King said. "He showed me around and told me what is going on with the team and how things are done.

"He showed me around campus and where people hang out. He told me about the library being a good place to study and that a lot of the athletes would be in there with me. He told me I could go in there and get my work done and not be disturbed.

"He took me around campus and made me feel at home," King pointed out. "Like people say about Auburn, it is like a family there. He said that as an Auburn football player you are representing a whole lot of people in that family."

King said he wants to major in business. In addition to meeting with academic counselors from the school of business and touring campus, he noted that he got plenty of food and hung out with his future coaches. "Oh yeah, they fed me well--they were trying to stuff me," he said with a laugh.

"Getting to spend time with the coaches and talking to them about how they will use me was interesting," he added. "My favorite part of the visit was sitting down with them and talking about schemes.

In addition to playing a traditional safety role, he will work as a rover in defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 alignment. Johnson called the position a "spur" when he was coaching at South Carolina. King noted the coaches told him they are calling the position "star" at Auburn as well as the other two safety spots.

"I am pretty comfortable with the position," King said. "I played it in junior college. I am looking forward to it. They want me to cover and also be able to blitz off the edge."

The prospect said he enjoyed talking with Gus Malzahn. He said he told the head coach he had a good time on the visit and appreciated the hospitality while letting Malzahn know he is serious about football. "At the end of the day I am here for a reason," the former Thompson High School player said.

King added that he is "all in" with his commitment and so is his family who visited with him. "Being a part of Auburn everybody made me feel welcome," he said, adding it was "an all-around great visit for me.

"I feel like I really fit in with the coaches and players and that is the main part for me," he said


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