King signs with MSU Northern

Nicole O' Shea Photography Justin King, Joliet Senior, will start playing football for MSU Northern in August.

Justin King, a senior at Joliet High School, has signed a letter of intent to play football for MSU Northern in Havre. He will play offensive line, a role he has played throughout his high school career.

Understandably King admits to being a “little nervous” but is also “excited” about the prospect of playing football at a different level. A level he describes as “more action packed with harder hitting, and a faster pace.”

“I’ll be ready to start the beginning of August,” said King.

After taking his time deciding over colleges King chose Northern as being the “best fit because it felt like home to me” and the college found out about him after he showed interest in their diesel technology program, and being interested in becoming part of their football program.

From there they saw potential in him, and how he could be an important role in their program.

“They offered the degree I wanted - diesel technology. Northern offers one of the best programs in the nation,” he said. “The football program has had a few rough years but is rising up and becoming better. The football program has shown this with some wins this past season.”

King acknowledges his time and growth at Joliet who he said “has played a big part in my path.”

“With our low numbers on the football team, there was always a chance to play. Throughout high school I have played both sides of the ball, which was a lot of work. But then again there were many opportunities for me to show who I am and what I can do by playing both sides of the ball,” he said.

“From my freshman year till my senior year my team, and I, have grown a lot, and shaped Joliet football into a better program,” said King. “My senior year was one of the best years my team, and I, have had. We showed who we were, and what Joliet football is about.”

With his time playing for the Northern Lights team he hopes to bring “motivation, drive, and want to win” belief to the team.

“I am there to win, but have fun at the same time while obtaining a college degree,” he said.

“I have had a lot of support from the Joliet community, teammates, coaches, and my family in furthering my football career,” said King.