Back in June, Georgia Tech brought in the No. 1-rated kicker in the country in the form of Joseph Bulovas. As the recruiting season was coming to a close, Bulovas announced that he was decommitting from Georgia Tech. He eventually chose to commit to Alabama.
Thankfully, it didn’t take Georgia Tech very long at all to find a replacement. In fact, they found their replacement in less than 12 hours! Coming from Mills Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga., Tech found its replacement in then-Old Dominion commit Brenton King. In addition to his offer from Old Dominion, he also reportedly received interest from UGA and Louisville.
King was rated as a 2-star recruit by both Rivals (5.4) and the 247Sports Composite (0.7916).
Watching his film and looking at his stats over on MaxPreps, I felt like I was watching and looking at the stats of Harrison Butker. His leg is just about as good as Butker’s and he also nails kickoffs for a touchback, just like Butker.
He also has some accuracy issues, like Butker had when he first got here. Over his junior and senior seasons, King was 30-for-38 in field goals. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the field goals he missed to see if they were in that 30-to-39-yard range that Butker had so many issues with.
What to Expect
Having what I see as another Harrison Butker for another four years is easily one of the best possible outcomes we could have had this year, because, honestly, I think that’s more of a floor for King. If he can figure out the accuracy issues (which really aren’t as bad as they could be), he could go down as one of the best kickers in Tech history.
This season, I do think we’ll probably see some growing pains as King is trying to adjust to the college game and also working on accuracy. Thankfully, though, accuracy is a lot easier to teach than leg strength, and he’s already got more than enough leg strength.