As part of our preseason look into South Jersey football, we want to know a little bit more about some of the region’s players. Jahmir King, a senior running back/defensive back, talked over a variety of things with Mark Trible.
MT: Were you suprised by the way your team came on down the stretch last season?
JK: In my head, I’ve always been a high confidence type of guy. We knew we could get in the playoffs and once we did, we went to Camden High and shocked the world.
MT: How would you describe your running style in the backfield?
JK: I’m more of a patient runner. I wait for the hole, then I’m a one-cut type of guy.
MT: Your team seems confident. How do you prevent against overconfidence?
JK: We gotta be humble. Last year was last year. We need to clear our heads. It’s a new season and a new time. Hopefully we can make another run.
MT: What’s your biggest goal this season?
JK: I want to be a better leader and teammate. I want to help these young guys that are coming up.
MT: Does last year’s 7-0 playoff loss to West Deptford still sting?
JK: I actually thought about it last night, just knowing we were so close. It was a great game. I’m trying to move on from it.
MT: You’re one of the most vocal players on the team. Have you always been?
JK: I’m always the hyped one. I like to get things rolling, I’ve always been that guy. I get it from my dad, he’s outgoing. I like being around people.
MT: What will be on your pregame playlist this season?
JK: Definitely Chief Keef, any of his songs. Kid Ink and Big Sean too.
MT: You played corner last season and moved over to safety for 2015. What’s the biggest difference?
JK: It’s been a smooth transition. The biggest difference is probably the little things like reading the other team’s line on whether a play will be a pass or a run.
MT: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
JK: Just to be humble. It’s simple but sometimes it’s hard. You do one great thing and it’s easy to get in over your head.
MT: What play is your favorite to run on offense?
JK: A counter up the middle. I guess you could say I’m known for that. If you look at my highlight film, it’s mostly that play.
MT: Who’s your favorite South Jersey high school football player not on Collingswood?
JK: Ron Johnson from Camden, he’s my cousin. And (Camden receiver) Brad Hawkins.
MT: You ever bring up last year’s playoff win over Camden to your cousin?
JK: Yeah. He tries not to talk about it but somehow it always comes up in conversation.