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Sacramento-area DB King loves MSU’s academic opportunities

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Editor’s Note: This is the next installment of a series of profiles about Montana State’s recently signed football recruits. The Bobcats signed 15 players during the second signing period that culminated in February. 

Elijah King’s affinity for shoes first began in eighth grade.

Five years ago, the Elk Grove, California native first started paying attention to sneakers. He loved the style and the artistry. He started thinking about designing his own.

“I’m an artistic guy so I thought I could do this too,” King said in an interview in March. “By my senior year (at Consumnes Prep), I’ve been customizing shoes for a few months, getting orders from people, painting on shoes.

“And I plan on taking that and making it a bigger business once I hit college. And then hopefully make it with a big shoe company.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete first landed on Montana State’s radar late during a senior year at Consumnes that saw him earn first-team All-Sacramento Metro and All-Purpose Player of the Year honors. When MSU running backs coach DeNarius McGhee first pitched King on Montana State, the top-notch engineering program interested King more than any other factor.

Editor’s
Note: This is the next installment of a series of profiles about Montana
State’s recently signed football recruits. The Bobcats signed 15 players during
the second signing period that culminated in February.


Elijah King’s affinity for shoes first began in eighth
grade.

Five years ago, the Elk Grove, California native first
started paying attention to sneakers. He loved the style and the artistry. He
started thinking about designing his own.

“I’m an artistic guy so I thought I could do this too,” King
said in an interview in March. “By my senior year (at Consumnes Prep), I’ve
been customizing shoes for a few months, getting orders from people, painting
on shoes.

“And I plan on taking that and making it a bigger business
once I hit college. And then hopefully make it with a big shoe company.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete first landed on Montana
State’s radar late during a senior year at Consumnes that saw him earn
first-team All-Sacramento Metro and All-Purpose Player of the Year honors. When
MSU running backs coach DeNarius McGhee first pitched King on Montana State,
the top-notch engineering program interested King more than any other factor.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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