SMU Legacy in Waxahachie

Don King III is a player that will certainly be on the SMU recruiting radar this year. The Class of 2012 quarterback/safety from Waxahachie has tremendous size for his age at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and he has excellent bloodlines as well. King's father, Don King Jr., is a former All-SWC quarterback at SMU.

Don King III, a Class of 2012 quarterback/safety for Waxahachie, has a name that will be familiar to long-time SMU fans. King's father, Don King Jr., was an All-Southwest Conference quarterback at SMU in the 1980s. The elder King played alongside running back Reggie Dupard and helped the Mustangs rout Texas 44-14 in 1985.

The younger King, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, is entering his junior year at Waxahachie and he attended camp at SMU earlier this summer.

"The SMU camp was good and I had fun competing against the other players," said King, who carries a lofty weighted 4.5 GPA in the classroom. "I did my best and Coach (June) Jones gave me a couple of compliments. He knows my dad.

"I like SMU's offense. They like to throw the football all of the time and I like that. I watched the bowl game last year when they killed Nevada."

Don King Jr.
After leading the Waxahachie junior varsity to a 16-4 mark over the past two years, King is vying for the starting job at signal-caller for the varsity squad. The Indians are coming off a 12-1 season, in which they lost to Longview in the quarterfinals

"We might do some rebuilding this year because we lost a lot of seniors," said King. "I'm battling for the quarterback job with another junior. I've been working hard, really hard. I also play safety and I play baseball and basketball. Last year, I played forward with the varsity basketball team and I play outfield and third base in baseball.

"In the classroom, I mostly make straight A's, with a B every now and then."

The Indians have a couple of new opponents on this year's schedule that stand out as big games. In week five, Waxahachie squares off with Forney and SMU commit Rishaad Wimbley in a rematch of last year's playoff game, which was won by the Indians (35-12). In week two, Dallas Carter travels to Waxahachie.

"That will be a big game," said King. "I came from Dallas originally, before we moved to Waxahachie. I played against a lot of those guys in junior high."

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