King Hoping To Add To His Collection

Pulaski Academy standout Jason King talks about his visit to Auburn on Tuesday and how recruiting has changed for him in the last two days.

Little Rock, Ark.—It has been a busy summer for big offensive lineman Jason King from Pulaski Academy. Visiting schools all over the country from Colorado to Kansas, the 6-4, 300-pounder wound up his tour with a visit to see the BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers on Tuesday. Getting a chance to spend a great deal of time seeing everything the Tigers have to offer, King said it was an enjoyable experience.

"Today was a lot of fun," King said. "We pretty much took a tour of everything. We went to the field and saw the new indoor practice facility. It looks great. It's the best looking one I've seen and I have been all around the country this summer. I really like everything there. All the coaches seem to be great guys. That's what they all have in common.

"I talked with Coach (Gus) Malzahn a lot and he's awesome. I talked to him in his office. I had a meeting with the offensive line Coach Jeff Grimes. That was great. He seems like a great guy too. I met a few players. There are a lot of guys from Arkansas there. That's cool. I got to talk to them. I had fun today. I like I there. I like the college town and everything about it. It was a good trip."

One of the things Auburn has going for it is Malzahn. The Tigers have been successful in recent years recruiting players from the State of Arkansas with quarterback Kiehl Frazier the latest to take his turn on the Plains. King said that's one of the things that is attractive about Auburn along with Malzahn himself.

"My head coach, Coach (Kevin) Kelley and he are great friends," King said. "I trust my head coach with everything so when he told me Coach Malzahn was a great guy and I needed to go there, I hopped right on it. It was definitely worth it. He's just an awesome person."

With offers currently from Kansas, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas State along with several smaller schools, King said he's in no rush to make a decision. Much of the reason for that could be because of the last two days for him.

On Monday he camped at Alabama and was impressive in the drills during the morning session. He said it went so well that he's already heard from the Crimson Tide since he left and he's hoping to hear even more.

"I went to the morning session of the camp and I practiced for an hour and a half for them," King said. "As soon as practice ended Coach (Jeff) Stoutland took me and had lunch with him and my dad. The next thing I knew Coach (Nick) Saban watched me for 10 minutes at practice and called me to his office. We sat down and had a meeting and talked for 30 minutes.

"Coach Kelley called me today and said Alabama had already called the school and they should be able to call me back and let me know something within the next five days. I'm really excited about that also."

In addition to Alabama, King said he's also hoping to hear more from Auburn following his visit. After getting some good advice from Malzahn he said he's positive there will be more contact between he and the Tigers.

"We just talked about the actual scholarship as I was leaving," King said. "Coach Malzahn told me he wants me to go home tonight since I've been to a lot of places and sleep on it. He said to call him back if I really feel like that (Auburn) is a place I would want to be.

"I could have told him right then that I'm going to give him a call and tell him exactly that. Everything there is really nice. I'm going to give them a call and hopefully we can figure something out."

In addition King said LSU has shown a lot of interest as well as the Arkansas Razorbacks, but neither have hinted at an offer. Instead he said he'll just take his time with the recruiting process. Favoring the schools that have offered right now, King said that could change dramatically in the next week.

"If Alabama or Auburn came into the picture (with an offer), or one of the two, they would definitely fly right to the top."


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