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TK Fleming “Road to Redemption”
- Updated: July 19, 2013
Benton High School
Last played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College
TK Fleming entered the 2010 season as one of the top prospects in the nation. There was never a doubt about his talent, but there were several question marks about his maturity and ability to stay out of trouble. Despite warnings from his high school coach, Fleming seemed to always be in the wrong place at the right time. Fleming racked up four arrests before the start of his highly anticipated senior season. As a result, his high school coach was forced to kick him off the football team.
Even with Fleming not playing his senior season, several high-profile schools were still hot on Fleming’s trail. LSU was the leader for his services along with UCLA, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Louisville.
“Back then, I was just an immature high school kid, not a thug nor a criminal. I made a big mistake, but if I weren’t in the spotlight for two sports, no one would know of it.”
According to Rivals.com, Fleming was the 16th ranked prospect in Louisiana’ 2011 class, and in addition to being one of the top high school football players in the country, Fleming led the nation in the high jump and the triple jump his junior year at Benton High School.
Fleming’s road to redemption made a stop at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, where he was named All-Conference defensive back his freshman year.
“I learned a lot at Copiah. I wished I could’ve played my second year there. I bonded with a lot of people there.”
Fleming’s freshman season was interrupted when he was sentenced to a short jail sentence for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
“Right now, I’m trying to get back on track. I’m staying in shape, and looking for a junior college to attend this fall. I would like to give it another shot at the D1 level.
“One of my goals is to show everyone that the guy they thought I was in high school isn’t me. God blessed me with many talents; I’m not going to let them go to waste.”
Fleming has surrounded himself with family and a strong support system since his release.
“My family and my second family, the Crows, have stood behind me 100%. They never turned their backs on me.”
The road to redemption for Fleming has been anything but smooth. There have been bumps along the way, but Fleming is hopeful that an opportunity awaits at the end of this road.