KFHS football sends three to college

Published 10:44 pm Thursday, March 29, 2018

King’s Fork High School football players T.J. Hart, Mekhai Whitaker and Jaylon Grant recently signed to play college football.

After a stellar year in the fall, the Bulldogs football team will send more seniors off to college. King’s Fork High School finished as the Southeastern District champions for the first time in school history and earned a No. 1 seed in the Class 4 Region A playoffs. They ended up with the best record in school history and snapped a 99-game win streak by powerhouse Oscar Smith High School.

Hart has signed to play with Virginia University of Lynchburg. Hart will head there to play safety and the nickel defensive back position. He was a first team all-district and all-region defensive back for King’s Fork. During his junior season, he led South Hampton Roads with 11 interceptions, which was a school record.

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“They showed me so much love,” Hart said. “The atmosphere makes me feel at home. I wanted to try something new and get out of the 757, and I think this will be a good opportunity for me.”

Grant was a first team all-district offensive lineman and will be attending Bluefield College. He said Bluefield was the first school to offer him and after initially putting them on the back burner, he finally took a visit and soon after that made it his new home. They have plans to use him as an interior offensive lineman, but he also hopes to get some defensive snaps as well.

With Grant’s family soon relocating down south, Bluefield’s schedule provides an opportunity for his parents to be able to see him play when they travel down to the South Carolina and Georgia areas. He plans to major in sports management.

Whitaker will be headed to Bridgewater College. His recruiting process was hectic, but he felt an immediate connection with Bridgewater and felt welcomed. The senior was a second team all-district selection and has plans to major in computer science as of now.

“Bridgewater was always on the top of my list,” Whitaker said. “After visiting three schools, I felt like Bridgewater was the best fit for me.”

Coach Scottie Littles and his staff made sure whatever school each player chose was the best fit for him. After what the Bulldogs were able to accomplish last season, they are all excited to have so many players moving on to the next level.

“It is amazing for someone like myself to see this, because I never knew football could provide such great opportunities,” Whitaker said. “I am proud of all of those guys, and I’m thankful for last season, because it shaped me into the person I am today.”