Physical DB Making Some Noise

This talented defensive back from the Mobile area is hoping his play over the summer and as a senior will earn him a scholarship offer. He shined last weekend in Theodore's spring game and hopes that performance starts him on the road to an offer in the coming months.

Foley, Ala.--While there were many players already known in recruiting circles taking part, one of the surprises from last weekend's spring scrimmages in Foley was defensive back Deairdis King from Theodore High. A 6-2, 195-pounder with good speed, King lined up at cornerback for the Bobcats and also played some tight end.

Showing impressive speed and an aggressiveness against the run, King was one of the better defensive backs among the six teams present for the two-day event. While he isn't a name well known at the moment, several schools have been in contact with him this spring and after seeing him in person there's no doubt that list will increase throughout the summer and fall.

"I'm hearing from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee and a few others," King says. "That's about it right now. I don't have any offers right now. I'm planning to camp at both Auburn and Alabama this summer."

King is a physical player that has the look of a safety but the speed to play cornerback.

Soon to be a four-year starter for Theodore at cornerback, King is a physical player that uses good speed and strength to his advantage in both the passing game and running game. He also gets some time on offense, but says he prefers to remain the pursuer instead of being pursued.

"I played some tight end last year," King says. "I feel like I'm better at defensive back. The strength of my game is covering. Most people are recruiting me as a cornerback."

A track athlete as well as member of the basketball team for Theodore, King says that his best 40-yard dash time is 4.5 seconds and after watching him in person Friday night that's not out of the question. One play in particular showed off his speed as his team was taking on the Oxford Yellow Jackets.

The receiver opposite King took a hitch route and broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage to be in the clear. A speedy player in his own right, the receiver got run down by King like he was standing still before he could reach the end zone. On a weekend filled with impressive players, King proved he's worth mentioning with his solid play.

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