UNION, N.J. - Monday night’s Phil Simms North-South All-Star Football Classic may have been the final time Jha’mil King will wear the familiar burgundy and white of Morristown football. But after his last appearance as a Colonial, he made it clear that it won’t be the last time you hear his name.
Next up for King is a post-graduate year at Bridgeton Academy. The school, located in North Bridgeton, ME, has sent several football players onto the next level, most notably former New York Giants great Victor Cruz.
Said King, “I promise you, just give me a year and you’ll see me on TV.”
King, was one of three running backs selected to represent the North Jersey squad in the game’s 40th anniversary edition. While it was a rough night for the North squad, which lost 38-16 to the group from South Jersey, the score didn’t dampen King’s spirits about the experience.
“It’s a great honor. You get to put on for your home town. It’s a great feeling,” King said. “I love all-star games because it’s the best of the best and everybody is just playing as one. Different players from different teams come together as one. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to be in something like this.
“This is probably the best moment (of my high school career). You’re representing your county, the whole North side of the state. This is a blessing. Nothing can get better than this. This has to be the best moment other than playing with my hometown team. That’s four years of great memories, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The Colonials didn’t experience much team success during King’s four years, but the standout RB/CB certainly provided more than his fair share of memorable moments on the gridiron.
This fall saw King rush for 801 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 107 carries for Morristown. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete was equally impressive on the defensive side with five interceptions and 42 tackles at corner over nine games as he earned All-County honors by the Morris County Coaches Association.
In three years as a starting running back for the Colonials, King rushed for more than 2,200 yards.
According to King, he’ll get a chance to play both offense and defense at Bridgeton. Where his future position is in college is yet to be determined.
“I say I’m a running back, my coaches say I’m a better cornerback,” he said. “(Here) I was a running back, so I don’t know. It’s up in the air and we’ll see which I get better at while I’m at Bridgeton.”
Regardless of where his football future takes him, King’s pride for his hometown and alma mater will always remain strong.
“I love my town,” King said. “I love my town with a passion. I’m always going to be a Morristonian forever.”