By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It’s only fitting that one Longhorn would become a “Lion” after being one of the “mane” cogs on this year’s 11-1 football team. Jordan Edes-King will take his talents to Mars Hill University after signing a grant and aid to play football for them on Wednesday in front of a large gathering inside the school library.
Edes-King was a two-sport standout in football and basketball, and both teams had banner seasons.
He logged 91 tackles on the football side that included 13 sacks. He also had nearly 200 yards receiving as a tight end, and those numbers might have been more had he not been so team oriented.
The senior standout moved into the offensive tackle slot late in the year after the starter at that position went down with an injury.
Head football coach Don Kerley praised him for his efforts.
“We are very proud of Jordan and all the things he has done for this school,” said Kerley. “He’s probably started all four years in some capacity on the football field. He’s been a
solid player, dependable and willing to play wherever we needed him. He played a big role in us going undefeated
during the regular season and winning a first-round playoff game. Mars Hill is getting an excellent student-athlete and leader. It will be a good fit for him.”
Edes-King was also a blue-collar worker on the basketball court averaging 10 points per game and seven rebounds. He was also among the leaders in East Tennessee at drawing charging fouls.
“Jordan is the type of kid that every coach wants on their team, said head basketball coach and athletic director Austin Atwood. “He’s always willing to do the little things to help his team win. He rebounds, takes charges and plays much bigger than his size. He’ll do what it takes to make himself a player. You couldn’t ask for a better kid to have on your team.”
Edes-King moved here from West Palm Beach, Florida his eighth-grade year and since has fallen in love with the mountains. He said that Mars Hill felt like the perfect fit.
“It’s so close to home, and my family will get to watch me play,” said Edes-King. “Asheville is only 15 miles away, and I love that size town being from a big city. Coach Kerley said that God puts us where he wants us to be and I believe he put me at Mars Hill. It has everything that I was looking for in a school. I’m very excited about becoming a Lion.”
Edes-King laughed about trying to adjust from West Palm Beach to Mountain City.
“I came in wearing my colorful shoes, and people here had on jeans and boots. I adjusted to the culture pretty fast and fell in love with everyone.”
Like Nathan Arnold, Edes-King said his senior season is one he’ll always remember.
“It was quite a ride being ranked third in the state and going 11-1,” he said. “Then we turn around and win 22 games in basketball. I think our senior class raised the bar a bit. I hope it’s the start of many good seasons to come.”
Edes-King thanked Coach Jordan Bray and Assistant basketball coach David Arnold for what they did to further his career.
“Coach Bray was the one who gave me my start and believes in me,” said Edes. “I was thinking about giving up football my junior year, and Coach David told me to stick with it. He let me know that it was my ticket in sports to college. I owe a lot to both of them.”
Edes is the son of Robin Edes and Jason King. Both parents were happy with his selection.
“I’m happy with the school because it’s close by with a beautiful campus and good academically,” said Robin.
Jason added. “He’s worked hard for this. He does the things to help his team win and stats really have never mattered. That’s what we’ve always tried to teach him.”
Edes-King hopes to play some next season but could redshirt depending on the circumstances.
“They only had one tight end, and he’s probably going to move out to wide receiver. I’ll do whatever it takes to get out there and compete. I don’t care to put a lot of extra work. I just want to show everyone that I can do this.”
Fitting words from a man whose blue-collar work ethics will blend in with his blue colored uniform next fall.