Tide legacy a prospect at DB

One of the leading cornerback prospects in the state heading next season, Minor's Tyrone King, Jr. likes to play man-to-man, in-your-face coverage.

This highly skilled defensive back has a knack for reading a quarterback's tendencies and getting a quick break on the ball. In most games King (6-0, 185, 4.46) usually prevented his man from becoming a factor.

King's father, Tyrone King, Sr. also played defensive back for the Crimson Tide. King, Sr. lettered from 1972-1975, competing on some of Coach Bryant's best squads. "I would like to get a chance to follow in my Dad's footsteps," Tyrone Jr. told BamaMag.com in a recent interview.

The Adamsville native has been gaining recognition for his coverage skills ever since he registered five interceptions during his first season on his junior high team.

When Tyrone King got to Minor High School, despite the increase in competition he moved into the starting lineup immediately. He produced five picks during that tenth grade year. The following year as a junior King earned a reputation as an eraser of opponents' passing games.

Last season King posted 52 tackles and seven interceptions as a junior and was honored by being selected All Region, All Metro and Honorable Mention All State.

King lists his early favorites as Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan, and Southern Miss, but clearly the Crimson Tide is first in his mind. "Alabama has a great football program," King said. "Plus, it's a great place to get an education."

In the weight room he bench presses 285 pounds, squats 415 and power cleans 245. King carries a 3.0 GPA, but he hasn't taken the ACT yet.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alabama fans will want to know that King's father is battling cancer right now, undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The King family will appreciate being remembered by their larger Crimson Tide family.

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