Illinois recruit to add toughness to Stingers offensive line

Concordia Stinger offensive co-ordinator Matt Connell can’t stop smiling when he talks about offensive line recruit Jeff King from West Central High School in Winchester, Ill.

“I’ve been on him for over a year,” said Connell of the efforts to bring King into the Stingers family. “When you’re looking at an offensive lineman – other than size – you’re looking for drive. He’s nasty. He has killer instinct. He plays hard whistle to whistle. That edge is what’s going to separate him from others.

“What I love about him is how hard he works. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. All he does is train and work on school.”

King, who checks in at six foot two, 275 pounds, was a captain of the West Central Cougars, a division 1A school located approximately five hours south of Chicago. He was a first team all-conference player on both offence and defence.

“What do I bring? It’s my motor. It doesn’t shut off,” King said. “I finish my blocks. I finish people. I want to get a pancake on every play, make sure they don’t get up.”

King will go on the Stingers’ depth chart as a centre, but he has played tackle and on the defensive line as well.

He made the decision to commit to the Stingers after visiting the university and touring Montreal with his parents last week.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s not an opportunity a lot of Americans get. When I was with the coaches they talked a lot about family. That’s what I want, especially coming from a small town. Also, the diversity attracts me and the RSEQ being the best conference in Canada attracts me.”

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