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Eastern Michigan signs defensive lineman named Lion King

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

It can't ever be easy being an Eastern Michigan fan, but we hope Eagles supporters can feel the love tonight* after one of their signees drew national attention for being named Lion King.

Yes, that's the name: Lion King. Per his EMU bio, Lion King is the son of parents Rudy and Diane Conaway, but has ... well, just read our favorite tweet of the day:

King once told his student newspaper that he liked the name -- which, after the legal name change, seems pretty obvious in retrospect.

King is a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Southfield, Mich., who his coach told mlive.com boasts an impressive wingspan and became the Eagles' 17th and final signee of the day. His complete bio, via EMU:

Lion King DL 6-4 205 Fr.-Fr. Southfield, Mich.-Southfield

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Southfield High School in Southfield, Mich...Played under Head Coach Tim Conley as a Blue Jay...Part of a team that finished 7-0 in league play and 7-3 overall in 2013...Ranked as the 129th-best player in the state of Michigan...Returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown against Bloomfield Hills...PERSONAL: Son of Diane and Rudy Conaway.

King and the rest of first-year coach Chris Creighton's initial recruiting class have a mountain to climb to get the Eagles back to respectability. But even if it doesn't happen, hey, you know what they say: MACuna matata**.

*Forgive me

**Please

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