Juco Defensive Back Commits to Auburn

Brandon King

Auburn has picked up another football commitment for the 2013 signee class.

Alabaster, Ala.--Junior college safety Brandon King took an unofficial visit to Auburn with his family and committed to play football next season for Coach Gus Malzahn on the trip.

The 6-2, 214-pound safety from Highland Community College in Kansas said he didn't plan to make a college choice on Friday, but after meeting with Malzahn and his staff he was very impressed and decided to end recruiting.

"It is a great coaching staff and Auburn feels like the right place," he said. "My whole family grew up Auburn fans and Auburn is where I want to be."

King, who played football at Thompson High School in Alabaster, chose Auburn over offers from Arizona State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Utah State, Wyoming and others.

King will take an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 11th and sign in February. He plans to enroll at Auburn this summer with two seasons of eligibility. He was an All-Jayhawk Conference player in 2012.

"Coach Malzahn recruited me at Arkansas State," King points out. "I always wanted to go to Auburn. My whole family is Auburn fans. I really wasn't expecting to make a decision today, but when it is right it is right. I feel like God put it in perspective for me."

Before heading back to school in Kansas, King toured Auburn's facilities with his family and got to sit down and talk to Malzahn and members of his defensive staff. He notes that he was impressed with the coaches and the entire visit.

"They had everything laid out for me and I felt at home," he says. "When you feel at home that is the most important thing.

"My decision feels really good," adds King, who notes he has one more semester to finish at Highland Community College in Kansas.

Not highly recruited out of high school, he signed with Norfolk State, but did not qualify academically and opted for junior college. He blossomed there and college coaches began showing up in large numbers to check him out.

"At my high school I didn't have a lot of publicity," he points out. "I still ended up being one of the top players in the conference and I was a team captain throughout high school."

Brandon King

King notes that he had a good freshman year at Highland Community College and began attracting attention from major college coaches. That increased as a sophomore when he won first team all-league honors.

"The Jayhawk Conference is one of the best in junior college and I have been prospering there for a while," he says. "I never wanted to settle for less. I could have gone to a smaller school out of high school, but why think ‘what if?' Just put it on the table and see where God takes you."

The prospect says after talking with Auburn's coaches they want him to be a strong safety/rover in AU's 4-2-5 alignment.

King adds that his family, in particular his father, is excited that the safety will get to play for the Tigers. "From meeting with the equipment manager to the weight room coach and everybody else, everything is line for a great program," King says.

"I have talked to a lot of staffs, but this one really impresses me with all of the experience they have in the SEC and conferences like the ACC," King says. "It is one of the best staffs--period."

Asked if he is finished with recruiting, the juco sophomore says, "Yes. I feel great about my decision."

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