Alex King, Outside Linebacker, 6-3, 225, Fr-HS, Mason, Ohio (William Mason) – Known as one of the most explosive pass rushers off the edge in the Midwest … A three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services … Rivals.com ranks King as the No. 19 prospect from Ohio, while Scout.com ranks him as the No. 2 defensive end from Ohio … Second on the team in tackles with 40, including six sacks … Also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … Ranked third overall in sacks in the Greater Miami Conference which earned him a first-team All-Southwest Ohio and first-team All-GMC selection, his third-straight All-GMC first-team honor … Scout’s scouting report says, “(King) is a great athlete who runs well and chases down quarterbacks and ball carriers with his speed. Gets off the ball well, has the agility to change direction and in with finesse as a pass rusher. Can still get stronger and improve his general pass rush technique, but athletically, he has the goods” … Head coach was Brian Castner … Helped lead Mason to a 7-5 overall record and the second round of the Division 1 playoffs om 2016 … Nominee for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Also a talented basketball player … Picked Kentucky after considering Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Coach Stoops says: “Alex has the athleticism you look for in an outside linebacker. He can defend the run and rush the passer. He also has great passion for the game.”