Troup County (GA) outside linebacker King Mwikuta has seen his recruitment explode the past two months, and has become one of the top pass rushers in Georgia for the 2019 class. He’s a big kid with long arms who can rush the passer, and possibly move down to the defensive line in the future. He was impressive at the Sophomore Elite Classic, True19 game, and this spring he has turned his attention to recruiting and camps.
“I’ve recently been to Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn.” Mwikuta said. “I really like Guz Malzahn at Auburn. I’m really familiar with Auburn and I’ve been there about 6 times in my life.”
The Georgia Bulldogs are a team Mwikuta grew up watching, and earning that offer was huge for the 6-foot-5 225-pound defender.
“Coach Smart is big for Georgia.” Mwikuta said. “I know he came from Alabama and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer also plays a big role in my recruitment. I talk to him often but not as much since they have started spring practice. I definitely plan on going back up there for a spring practice. I’ve been up to Athens about eight total times.”
Head coach Kirby Smart is known as one of the top recruiters in the country, and his background as a defensive coordinator stands out to many defenders including Mwikuta.
“Coach Smart is a defensive specialist and that’s what I like about him.” Mwikuta said. “One time when I went up there in the summer I learned a lot from him and I use what he showed us in that great in my games now.”
It’s clear that Auburn and Georgia are high on his list, but there are two more schools that have caught Mwikuta’s eye.
“I like everything about Alabama.” Mwikuta said. “I like all the coaches and the facilities and everything about it. I’ve been over there about three times. I would say Alabama and Miami are my top two right now with Georgia, Auburn and Florida State behind them. Miami has not offered yet but they are a team I grew up watching, I like head coach Mark Richt, and I’ve always liked that orange and green.”
Mwikuta plans to enroll early, and as of today he plans to make a decision around this time next year. He is looking for a school with a great football program, a great culture around the community, and a place that will help him strive after football.
Mwikuta plans to visit Athens on Saturday with teammate Kobe Hudson, a top prospect in the country for the 2020 class.