Malik King had a couple of offers from MAC schools, but chose the Ball State Cardinals, spurning several of their conference foes.
"I just liked the environment," the 6'4, 270-pound three-star said. "how treated me, the college, I just really thought that's where the best fit was at. Even if I get a big offer, I'd still commit to Ball State, because it's the right place."
The Cardinals have gone to West Michigan and had success, grabbing wide receiver Willie Snead out of Muskegon Heights, who has since turned into a fantastic player for them. The Cardinals believe King could have a similar impact.
"They just said I could be a big factor for team. I could play any position on the offensive line because I'm athletic enough to do any position. I feel like it's the perfect school for me and situation for me and I could start by my sophomore year."
King can now turn his focus to this season and earning a state championship which so narrowly eluded him and his Big Reds squad last year.
"Yeah, now I can just focus on finishing my last year of high school, win a state title, maybe play Brother Rice again and finish the job this time."
And although the commitment has been made and college is paid for, King does not see any reason to stop improving.
"I'm going to keep working as hard as I can. I want a degree, I want to go to college, I don't know if want to play in the NFL, but I do want a great degree and I do want to keep working hard. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. I'm not going to stop. I want to be the number one offensive lineman in state, beat Connor Hayes, that's my goal right now."