Seniors Spencer King and Conner Mallet helped Bishop Kelly High win a 4A state championship in November.
Now theyre 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 doesnt release recruiting information until the student-athlete arrives on campus in the summer.
Air Force doesnt 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 Statesmans 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. Hes very physical. Hes a quiet leader. He is one of those guys thats 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 hes got a lot of speed and explosiveness, Brennan said. Hes 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