Crowning A King

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Pulaski Academy offensive lineman Jason King (6-4, 300), one of the prospects who will be participating in Arkansas' Elite Camp on Saturday. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

It might be hard to imagine a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman sneaking under the radar, but that's arguably what Pulaski Academy's Jason King has been doing.

It's true that the senior-to-be has offers from Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and UCA.

But he aspires for more elite offers, such as the one from Arkansas he hopes to earn while at this Saturday's Elite Camp in Fayetteville.

"I have been thinking about this for a long time and I am coming up to Arkansas this weekend to show that I am not only one of the best offensive lineman in the state, but the best," King said. "I haven't got as much attention as some other guys. You have got to have confidence in yourself to succeed against other top players and I have that."

King was one of the players in the state that Arkansas assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton stopped by to see this spring.

Pulaski Academy runs a pass-oriented offense, which has its positives and negatives for an offensive line prospect.

"Obviously Arkansas knows I can pass block because that is just what we do here at PA," King said. "So I spend all my time in a two-point stance. What Arkansas wants to see is how I can perform in a three-point stance and that is what this camp will allow me to show them."

King believes that he brings several things to the table as a prospect.

"I think I have good strength, technique and can block really well on both the first and second levels," King said. "I can improve my speed. I can run a 5.1 or 5.2 right now."

He ran a 5.2 while in attendance at the Ole Miss Elite Camp.

"I was the fastest lineman there at the camp so that shows I can move around," King said.

King and his family have toured campuses at Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Nebraska and Iowa.

"We've been to a lot of places, just trying to see what all they had," King said. "I only took official tours at Arkansas and Colorado, but got to see all the rest. We just loaded up in a car and tried to see as many schools as we could."

King would love to have the opportunity to be a Razorback.

"Arkansas has a great program and I have grown up rooting for them so it would be quite an honor to get an offer from them," King said. "It would be really cool to get to be a part of the Razorback program. They are one of the best teams in the country and are on the rise."

King will be visiting three SEC schools in four days.

"I am going to Arkansas on Saturday and then we are making the trip to Alabama on Monday," King said. "The Alabama coaches want to see me work out for a couple of hours.

"Then we are going to Auburn," King continued. "They are not having a camp, but (Auburn assistant) Coach (Gus) Malzahn has invited me down to look over their program and meet their coaches. It's going to be a big few days for me and I am very excited about it."

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