FREDERICK – They’ve played together many years.
So it makes sense that three Frederick High School football players – Jordan King, Dalton Hall and Sergi Ruiz – would not only make an official recruiting trip to a college together but that they would sign their collegiate football letters together.
And that’s what happened Feb. 1. King signed his letter to attend Chadron (Neb.) State College. Hall and Ruiz were on the same dais in the Frederick High School library.
“We all went together,” King said. “We talked each other into it. They have a winning tradition (four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football titles since 2001). I got along well with the players. They were our hosts for a night. I felt comfortable.”
King had 114 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks, not to mention a pair of interceptions, as the Warriors made it to the state 3A semifinals last year. King also deflected three passes, forced three fumbles and scored two touchdowns.
He had some interest from Western State, Fort Lewis College in Durango and Adams State College in Alamosa. King planned two visits, the one to Chadron and one to Western that was called off because of weather. The Eagles’ coaches want him to play outside linebacker in their 3-3-5 scheme.
“I talked with the coach at Adams State, but he wasn’t sure, and I didn’t want to lose my scholarship,” King said. “I thought Chadron would be the best fit.”
King wants to be a physical therapist with the goal of becoming a trainer.
“The coach said it was the No. 1 academic program for athletic training, and that was another thing that got my eye,” King said. “The distance isn’t too bad. I’m far enough away to be independent. But I can come back and see my family and don’t need to hop on an airplane.”
King is ready for the next chapter in his life, including college level football.
“I’ve wanted to play college football since I was a freshman, since I was a little kid,” he said.
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