Malik King admits early in his high school career, the likelihood anyone would have predicted he would be a Division-1 scholarship football player would have been small. Yet, the Muskegon High product continued to work and push and improve to the point where he became a legitimate college recruit.
In the last week, that work was validated as Ball State and Eastern Michigan both offered him scholarships. While there were signs those were on their way, to finally make it official was a special moment for the 6'5, 270-lb offensive lineman.
"It feels good," he explained. "People were doubting me my sophomore and freshman year and I proved them wrong and now I still have another season. The more offers I get, the harder I work. I want to be a role model to people who are told they can't do things. Never think you can't and you can do whatever you want."
In addition to the two schools that have offered, King is also hearing from Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Ohio and Miami (Ohio). He visited both Eastern Michigan and Ball State recently, starting with the Eagles.
"I liked Eastern. It's a pretty nice atmosphere and I like the coaches. That's my offensive line coach's alma mater, so I learned a lot about them. It's a nice place. I liked it."
On Monday, he went down to Muncie, where he saw many positives as well.
"I really did like Ball State. They have my major. It's a really good school and they have what I want to go into, criminal justice. I've never been to that part of Indiana before, but I liked it. I like the people there and the coaching staff."
The Cardinals told King he could project at just about any spot on the offensive line, while the Eagles said guard or center. He is planning ot visit Bowling Green in April, and beyond that, does not currently have any visits scheduled.
He also does not have any real timetable in mind, saying he is simply happy to be where he's at.
"I'm really just enjoying the process right now, seeing colleges and going places I haven't been."
And all the while, inspiring others.