Arkansas has a chance to add a big cornerback at mid-term after impressing Coffeyville, Kan., Community College JaMarcus King this weekend on his official visit.
King (6-2, 180), a former Mobile, Ala., Blount standout, will graduate in December and be ready to go through spring drills at either Arkansas, Baylor or Auburn - his final three schools.
“I pretty much enjoyed the visit,” King said. “The coaches showed me a lot of love and the players and that is what I liked about it. They said I would be able to come here and make an immediate impact on the secondary and that I would help the defense a lot.”
King had 36 tackles and three interceptions this past season for Coffeyville, the same school that gave Arkansas wideout Dominique Reed.
“Being a bigger corner, you want to get your hands on people because you have the length and you have the ability to knock off the route and the quarterback,” King said.
“…I am working on my off man. I press (coverage) really well.”
Reed, the former Camden Fairview star, let King know that he should be a Razorback.
“Him coming from the where I came from in juco and the same school actually, he said it would be one of the best decisions that I have ever made,” King said.
King, who de-committed from Auburn in September, spent time with Reed and Arkansas defensive backs Rohan Gaines and D.J. Dean on his visit.
“Basically it was team bonding,” King said. “All the players, all the recruits and they basically just showed us a lot of love and wanted us to come here.”
Now that King has taken officials to Arkansas, Auburn and Baylor, he will be ready to make a decision rather quickly.
“Probably next week,” King said.
It will come down to just a couple of factors according to King.
“Coaches, how the coaches take me in, how the players take me in and that was pretty good (at Arkansas),” King said. “It helped their chances because, well, basically playing time and I have friends here,” King said.
King will have three years to play two at his next destination, but has no thoughts of redshirting.
“After this year I will have two left,” King said. “I am not trying to do three for two so that is why I say two years. I am trying to go somewhere and play.”