VARNELL -- Coahulla Creek High School's do-it-all football guy has found a place to keep doing it all.

The senior Colt was surrounded by teammates, friends and family on Wednesday at the school as he signed scholarship papers to play football at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

"It's crazy to see all these people I've grown up with," King said. "I've been with a lot of these guys since elementary school and middle school. It's exciting to see them all in one room."

Playing nearly 10 different positions during his time with the Colts' football team, King primarily made his stamp on the program playing receiver and defensive back.

Colts coach Caleb Bagley emphasized to the room just how much King has meant to the program, setting single season records for most receptions and interceptions. He finished his senior year with 53 receptions for 607 yards and 10 touchdowns, had 22 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns on offense. On defense, he finished with 95 tackles, five interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and two blocked field goals with one returned for a touchdown.

King also played in the outfield and pitched for the Colts baseball team.

Above all, Bagley said he will miss King's presence.

"We will obviously miss him making plays for us, but he's got such a great personality," he said. "He's so positive and loves to affect people around him. He loves to brighten people's day whether that's in the school building or on the field. Besides that, his stats pretty much speak for themselves."

King said he was offered the chance to play both offense and defense at Thomas More, the Division III school that is transitioning back to the NAIA, but preferred the opportunity to play receiver.

"I just think I can catch balls pretty well," he said. "That's why I like it better."

And after searching for the right school, King said he believes he found just the perfect fit, planning to study sports management.

"As soon as I got there for a visit, I became really excited," he said. "The campus and the coaches -- everything was awesome. I've already got all my classes set, so the reality is really starting to sink in now."

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