King gets his chance with 49ers

Andrew King finally received the phone call Sunday evening that the Army linebacker had been waiting for all weekend.

A member of the San Francisco 49ers organization asked King if he would be interested in an invitation to participate in the team’s rookie mini-camp starting Thursday.

King, a 2016 Army captain, replied with one word – “Absolutely.”

“I’m guessing they want me to play linebacker,” said King Sunday night. “I’m going there with an open mind and will do everything they ask of me.”

King had hopes of becoming Army’s first draft pick since linebacker Caleb Campbell in 2008. When King wasn’t selected among the 253 picks, he posted this on social media, “1 scholarship offer, scout team player, undrafted…time to do what I’ve always done #provethemwrong.”

Army was King’s only offer out of Flushing (N.Y.) High School. He was a scout-team linebacker and played some special teams as a freshman before starting the last three years of his college career.

San Francisco was one of six teams to send scouts to King’s Pro Day on March 10 at West Point. King will report to camp Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif. with practices following Friday through Sunday. Among the players that King could be lining up with are defensive end Solomon Thomas, the third overall pick of the draft, and linebacker Reuben Foster, San Francisco’s second-round pick.

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