Desperate to secure a college scholarship, Andrew King estimates he sent out hundreds of DVDs to Division I and Division II schools across the country.
The frustrated Flushing star running back sent one last batch out right after Christmas and it paid major dividends.
Excited about King’s abilities, Army coaches offered the Queens native a scholarship during an in-school meeting on Jan. 5. On Wednesday afternoon, King made it official, signing a National Letter of Intent in a ceremony at the school.
It wasn’t quite like King dreamed – where he would line up 15 hats on a table on live TV – but the reality was still special.
“It feels really good,” King said. “I know it was the right choice for me. When I went to visit West Point, it was a home to me. I felt it as soon as I stepped onto campus.”
King, who took his unofficial visit on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, said he attended the Army-Notre Dame game last year. It’s still tough for him to fathom he could be on the field in a big game like that.
“I don’t think it’s going to sink in until it actually happens and I’m coming out of the tunnel and hear the crowd cheering,” he said. “I’m ready for the challenge.”
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound King rushed for 963 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, despite only touching the ball about 10 times a game, according to Red Devils coach Jim DeSantis. He was also Flushing’s top defender.
“The bottom line with him is this is the best opportunity, even if other schools were to come in,” DeSantis said. “He doesn’t want to lose. His desire to win is incredible. He’s going to need every bit of that just to get through West Point.”
Unlike other football players across the city, King was actually making a nine-year commitment to Army, which requires five years of service after graduation.
“That’s what I was researching, the different military branches I could go into,” King said. “I looked into that a lot.”
King follows Jason Bromley, who signed with Syracuse, as the second Division I football player in three years at a school slowly making a name for itself on the gridiron.
“I want people to know that Flushing is a viable option,” DeSantis sad. “You don’t have to play football in Brooklyn to be good football player.”
Andrew King is a prime example.
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