Heading to Auburn late in June for the second summer school session on the Plains, King says that he plans to be ready to immediately compete for playing time when he arrives on campus.
"I'm real excited," King tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have been working pretty hard and doing what I can without the team. I get at least two workouts in every day. I'm not sleeping in. I'm up at 6 a.m. with my dad doing landscaping stuff so I'm on my feet a lot."
Despite being up at dawn most days, King recently tweeted out a picture of himself working out at midnight. That's just part of the plan for the former Thompson standout and it has turned him into an SEC player as he heads to Auburn this fall.
"I feel like that's what it's going to take period," King says. "You don't get anywhere by sitting around and being still. I just try to keep moving. I'm not progressing much being out with my friends even though I'm with them sometimes. In the end you have to look at the bigger picture."
Recruited to play the bigger "star" position who can make plays both as a linebacker and safety, King isn't sure where he will wind up this fall for the Tigers. Much of the reason for that is the emergence of Justin Garrett and Robensen Therezie at the Star position. With true sophomore cornerback Josh Holsey forced to play safety late in the spring because of a lack of depth, it could mean a look at one of the two true safety spots for King. Prepared for either option, King says he's just ready to get on the field and see what happens.
"Coach (Ellis Johnson) told me that a big part was just going to be learning the plays," King says. "That's where I see the biggest impact for me is just learning the plays. I feel like I can handle things physically because I have been playing the position for a while.
"I know the position and they'll be using me in different ways so I'm not 100 percent on that," he adds. "It will just be learning everything and figuring out how they'll be using me in the scheme."
Just three weeks from taking the next step in his dream of playing football in the SEC, King notes he is not going to stop doing what got him to this point and that's hard work.
"It's great right now," he says. "Growing up in the South all you see is the Southeastern Conference. It feels great to be almost there, but then again I'm not the type of person to get too excited or get hyped up on something until it happens. I'm just going to try to stay mellow and keep working and when I get there I get there."