Deacon King is a guy who we hear took a swipe at reclassifying. His birthday is in February and he just turned 13 then.
The school board opted not to let him “reclassify” so the “man-child” who runs the 40 in right at 5-seconds flat, benches a couple of plates (225-pounds), and deadlifts 300-pounds had to play this season as an 8th as opposed to 7th grader.
Oh well, no matter. King is still among the elite players at any of his offensive or defensive positions regardless of his age throughout the Bluegrass.
Additionally, Deacon King is among the more decorated middle players in Kentucky. He has played on the “Indy Select” Sevens (7 on 7) team, and is a three-time member of Team Kentucky FBU-Elite. He sports a 3.8-GPA so he’s “getting it done” on all platforms.
He has played from strong safety to linebacker and is most deployed offensively at running back. He could play any of the above at the high school level and figures to be in the mix on the varsity roster as soon as he arrives.
Understandably, Deacon King (’26) came into this, his 8th grade season, with really high expectations. His father is the defensive coordinator for his South Oldham Middle School, and coached the 14U for “Indy Select.” King can tell you any player playing with the expectations attendant with being the coach’s son is never in for an easy road.
Now there are 8th-graders playing football in Kentucky who look like 8th-graders. Then there are the “Deacon Kings.”
King looks anything but like an 8th-grade athlete. He doesn’t play like an 8th-grade athlete either.
King has carried the football 48-times over this regular season. He has gained 1,032-yards and scored 15-rushing TDs.
King has “housed” two punts, has registered a “scoop and score,” and has a TD-receiving which covered 35 or so yards. He is a threat at all levels and in all phases of play.
Like most 8th-grade superstars, King plays both ways. Defensively, King has logged 43-tackles, 12-TFLs, 6-QB sacks, 5-FFs, and 6-FRs. He also has picked off 2-passes and has 8 passes defended or “broken up.”
We were able to exchange messages with Deacon’s father and defensive coordinator regarding this prospect. “Deacon has had a wonderful regular season but now it is on to the playoffs. There is still quite a lot out there for both the team and him to accomplish.
King is 5-11, and weighs 172-pounds. He is a SS/LB/RB guy now and figures to be similarly deployed in high school. This is a prospect who will challenge for immediate playing time just as soon as he joins a varsity roster upon enrolling in 9th-grade.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this guy. You should too.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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