Two Bishop Kelly football players headed to Air Force

rroberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 13, 2014 

Seniors Spencer King and Conner Mallet helped Bishop Kelly High win a 4A state championship in November.

Now they’re ready to tackle college together.

The pair made a trip to Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend, and each signed a certificate of intent Monday night to play for the school, starting this fall.

The academy has a unique enrollment process, which requires applicants to secure a congressional nomination, pass a military physical and then receive an appointment from the academy. The football program doesn’t release recruiting information until the student-athlete arrives on campus in the summer.

Air Force doesn’t redshirt players, so both could end up playing for the Mountain West program this fall.

“Everything about it was great — the campus, the facilities, the coaches. It was exactly what I was looking for in a college,” King said. “It was the perfect mix between Division I football and a great academic school.”

Said Mallet: “I was pretty sure I was going to sign anyway, but we went to the campus to make sure it was what I wanted. ... When I went to Air Force, it felt right. It was like home.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound King was recruited to play offensive tackle, while the 6-5, 225-pound Mallet will play defensive end. Both players were invited to walkon at Boise State and Idaho. Mallet also had a scholarship offer from Idaho State, he said.

“It was kind of out of the blue. (BK) coach (Tim) Brennan called us both in probably a month ago and said Air Force called him and heard about two big linemen from Bishop Kelly,” King said. “They were interested, so they gave us each a call and wanted us to come visit.”

King was a first-team selection on the Idaho Statesman’s 4A All-Idaho team this past season, averaging 14.2 yards per catch.

“Spencer is one of the hardest workers that I have coached,” Brennan said. “He’s very physical. He’s a quiet leader. He is one of those guys that’s never going to come out of a game.”

Mallet landed on the first team on the defensive line with 11 sacks for a loss of 67 yards, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

“Conner is a very physical, hard-nosed player, but he’s got a lot of speed and explosiveness,” Brennan said. “He’s a very good pass-rusher.”

Both plan to major in pre-med. King said he wants to be a pediatrician, while Mallet wants to be a surgeon.

“Me and Conner are really good friends, and it will be nice to have someone familiar at the academy,” King said.

NOTE: BK linebacker Cole Oliver completed his enrollment in the Naval Academy and will join the football team as a walkon.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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