When Miami, Fla., Booker T. Washington linebacker James King commits to a school, you will not find him doing so via twitter because he doesn’t have one.
It was a conscious decision that King (6-2, 215) - who took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend - made when he saw others around him getting in trouble because of their involvement with social media.
“I have seen how being on twitter and other social media can get you messed up and get your scholarship taken,” King said. “I feel it is hard enough for us as young black men to excel in life so why have a twitter. I can just get it off my pure talent and academics. I have got to stay focused.”
King is coming off a special senior season in which his team went 15-0 and he had 61 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Booker T. Washington ended the season ranked second in Florida and 13th nationally - in part because King says you have to work hard on and off the field there.
"Just go to class and work hard," King said. "Knowing your position could get taken every day. You have to play with the best and come out and show what you have.
"I just had to stay focused," King added. "Never get too high, never get too disappointed, just stay level headed. Just make sure I make plays until it's dominance."
He was excited about his visit to Arkansas this weekend committed to Florida Atlantic and with a visit scheduled there next week.
“It was wonderful,” King said. “They gave me everything I wanted - the connection, they made it more as a home, made it real…Coach B is a wonderful guy.”
His official hosts were former Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Denver Kirkland and safety DeAndre Coley.
“Denver and Dre,” King said. “It is just another brother, we use to hang out at Booker T and hang out here just the same having fun.”
Arkansas has several former Florida prep players on its roster and King also knows Arkansas freshmen and former Sunshine state standouts JoJo Robinson and Kendrick Edwards.
“The Florida players, they understand and they are making it easy for me to actually understand about Arkansas,” King said. “They came here and they are being successful here so why not me do the same.”
He got to spend time talking with new Razorback linebacker coach Vernon Hargreaves, who joined the staff earlier this week and was in his home for a visit soon afterwards.
"I know he was at Miami," King said. "When he coached at Miami, seven or eight linebackers made it to the league.”
King noted that he has been impressed with Hargreaves.
“I like the way he is set up, the structure and as far as playing time, you just have to show what you can do,” King said.
Hargreaves see King as a Will linebacker and someone who can help fill the shoes of Razorback senior star Martrell Spaight, who led the SEC in tackles.
“If I come here, yep,” King said. “I am going to have to. If I make it to the next level at Arkansas I just have to pull my weight and do what I do. Hit the running backs, cover, make sure I hit the receivers hard. Go get it.”
King said he will likely have a decision Monday or Tuesday on whether he will commit to a place or take an additional visit - be it Florida Atlantic, South Florida or Marshall.
“I am just weighing my options,” King said.
He noted that his parents are okay with him leaving the state of Florida and he called them on his visit to Fayetteville.
“I told them it is a wonderful experience and you have to actually be here yourself to see what it is about and not just hear what other people say and tell you.”
“They will support me through all I have done so far and my mom told me the decision is all mine,” King said. “When I feel like making a decision, she just wants me to make sure I (feel like) am home and make sure I am comfortable.”
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