Chad Simmons

Football Scholarship Offer From Auburn Excites Young Defensive End Prospect

A class of 2019 football prospect from the state of Georgia shined at an Auburn football camp to get the attention of Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

LaGrange, Ga.--One of the more impressive young prospects to work out at one of Auburn's summer football camps picked up his first Southeastern Conference scholarship offer from the Tigers.

King Mwikuta, a four-star class of 2019 linebacker prospect at Troup County High, notes that he is excited about the offer.

“It was my dream since I first started playing football in the third grade when I was in rec league,” he said of having a chance to play in the Southeastern Conference.

The prospect noted that Auburn’s head coach, Gus Malzahn, made it clear that the Tigers would like to have him play his college football at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mwikuta also noted that Malzahn offered him advice on a variety of subjects such as being careful how he behaves on social media.

“Coach Malzahn said always keep cool and be positive about things,” the prospect said. “He said to look people in the eye and tell them yes sir.

“The last thing he told me was good luck on the season and he will be seeing me around when they play the first game when they open up against Clemson.”

Mwikuta said he is glad he visited Auburn to do drills with the coaching staff. “The workout was good, intense, fast-flowing and moving, and I was active,” he said. “I like how we inside during the workouts and then we went out into the heat.”

“I just like being around the area, which I am just down the street from at Troup County High School. I will be looking forward to coming back to Auburn for some more camps and games.”

Mwikuta played safety last year, but has added three inches of height and currently checks in at 6-4, 205 as he heads into his sophomore season as a linebacker. The prospect said that he has an 82-inch wing span, a 34-inch vertical jump and will turn 16 on Dec. 15th.

“Auburn was my sixth offer,” Mwikuta said. “Appalachian State was the first, Louisville was the second, Jacksonville State was the third, Georgia State was next and my fifth was the University of South Alabama.”

The young prospect noted it is exciting to get the early scholarship offers. “People always told me I had the potential to do all of these things and the sky is the limit.”

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