Detroit King has a talented group looking to repeat as state champs this season. The Crusaders have several names recruiting fans should be familiar with, but there is one who is just starting to get more attention we expect will be a household name in time -- rising junior Jalen McGaughy.
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect, McGaughy impressed as a wide receiver on the 7-on-7 circuit. Northern Illinois offered him several weeks ago, becoming the first school to do so.
"It was very unexpected to me, but soon as I received it, I was very thankful and blessed to receive my first offer," McGaughy said.
The Huskies have two former King Crusaders on their roster in Mycial Allen and Jalen Embry, McGaughy has had a chance to see the program and meet the coaches at this early point in time.
"I think NIU has a great program to go along with a great coaching staff," he said. "I feel like I have a good connection with the coaches already."
McGaughy camped at Toledo and Wayne State this summer.
"All the coaches really say similar things regarding my style of play and how they're eager to see my film this year," he said.
There is little doubt that if he puts together the type of season expected from him, more schools will jump on board. Knowing
"This off-season I've simply been grinding and pushing myself," he said. "I've been working out with my high school, my 7-on-7 team, as well as some college players that were home for the summer."
King starts their season on August 26th against Indianapolis Cathedral in the Detroit Prep Kickoff Classic.