A Father Mercredi football player is trading in his Trappers’ red and black for Queen’s University blue and gold.
Kael King is a grade 12 student who played center and linebacker for the school’s senior team and was a pivotal part of winning a city championship back in October.
On Monday, the 17-year-old put pen to paper as he committed to Kingston, Ontario’s Queen’s University – for the next five years.
King tells Mix News he’s ecstatic for the opportunity to call himself a Golden Gael.
“It feels pretty good, it hasn’t really set in yet,” King said. “Still kind of just taking it in, but once it gets closer to August when we’re starting training camp, I’ll start feeling a lot better about it. I know the next four or five years are going to be something else.”
The Father Merc senior expressed gratitude toward his Trappers’ Head Coach Kevin Garbujo for helping him along in his development over the past six years.
King prefers center to linebacker because it allows him to control the flow of the offensive line and models his play after Dallas Cowboys center – Travis Frederick.
Here @FatherMercredi where graduating Trappers’ Center and Linebacker Kael King has just committed to @Queens_Football @queensu – here shown signing commitment with Trappers’ Head Coach @MrGMerc #rmwb #ymm pic.twitter.com/cm72txuszv
— MIX 103.7 News (@Mix1037FMNews) March 26, 2018
For King, it’s been a dream to play football at the University level for quite some time now.
“I don’t really see myself right now playing past it. Academics are a big focus for me, especially for my parents. But, if it brings me to the CFL, even the NFL – of course, that’s an opportunity I’d be willing to pursue.”
Kingston was a no-brainer for King, who says the small-town city vibe felt very similar to that of Fort McMurray’s.
He was also considering playing for the Varsity Blues at the University of Toronto.
King adds what he’ll miss most about his hometown is helping the game of football grow.
“There are five or six guys from our senior team that are going to the next level to play football. Some going to play in Edmonton, some in P.E.I., and myself going to Kingston, but I think even just being apart of that foundation, I know in the next couple of years – we will be a powerhouse. That’s all because of Kevin Garbujo and the wonderful stuff he’s done for this program.”
The next step for King and the Golden Gaels will be training camp – which starts on August 10.