Having a single digit number as a defensive lineman usually means one thing: you can ball.
In the case of 2027 defensive end/tight end Khing Thibodeaux, he certainly fits the criteria.
Thibodeaux attends Coyle Middle School in the Dallas, Texas area. He stars for Dragons Elite Academy (DEA), a 12u youth football team where he rocks the number 8 jersey.
This year Thibodeaux and his DEA Dragons knocked off two of the top youth football teams in the nation in California’s OG Ducks and Atlanta’s RDU.
Needless to say, Thibodeaux thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get to play those two teams.
“It was a great experience knowing that I’m now (on) the number one team in the nation,” Thibodeaux said.
In those games, Thibodeaux certainly made his presence felt, especially in the first game against RDU.
At defensive end, Thibodeaux intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
“It went very well I just worked my hands and I got back there in the back field and made a couple of big plays this weekend,” Thibodeaux said.
On offense at tight end, Thibodeaux delivered as well. He caught a touchdown pass to give his DEA squad some separation and ultimately the win.
While he contributes on the offensive end, Thibodeaux sees his future up front on the opposite side of the ball.
He embraces the physicality that comes with playing defensive end.
“I just like to hit and playing the game itself is just great when you know you’re on the number one team in the nation,” Thibodeaux said.
His goal is to be the top defensive end in the nation one day and he feels he’s gotten the coaching thus far to get there.
“I have the best line coach in the nation his name is Coach Ken,” Thibodeaux said. “He tells us to do our job as a whole.”
Thibodeaux will be attending Lakeview Centennial in high school where he hopes one day that his name will be atop those prospect rankings.