New Setting Working Out for All-American King

Tailback Caleb King discusses his new school, his U.S. Army All-American Game invitation, recruiting and more.

Norcross, Ga.--Football fans across the country will get a chance in January to see one of the most exciting high school football players in the state of Georgia when Greater Atlanta Christian standout Caleb King takes the field at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

With all of his classmates at his school looking on and cheering the announcement, King was officially invited to the all-star game on Monday and says he is thrilled to have a chance to play in the game that will be played on Jan. 6th in San Antonio, Tex., at the Alamodome.

The tailback, who transferred for his senior year from Parkview High to Greater Atlanta Christian to work on his academics, says the move has been a good one for him. "It has been wonderful," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have no complaints. Everybody is hitting on all cylinders right now. We are a very good team. I am not the only threat we have got. We have a really good quarterback, Lee Chappell, and good wide receivers and a good fullback."

Greater Atlanta Christian head coach Jimmy Chutt notes that King has fit in nicely at the school and on the football team. "He is a great kid," Chutt says. "We have so much enjoyed him being at our school. We feel very blessed he wanted to come to our school.

"He has played really great football for us in our first six games," the coach says. "We look forward to going down the home stretch and hopefully make the playoffs. Then we look forward to seeing Caleb go on to college and hopefully do well there."

Greater Atlanta Christian has a 5-1 record after a 25-21 victory over Lovett last week in which King rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown. For the season he has 815 rushing yards and 12 TDs.

A five-star prospect, King transferred this year from Parkview and has exploded for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns this season in only six games. Last week King rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown in a 25-21 victory over Lovett.

"He is just a really talented running back with great vision and great feet," Chutt says. "He has got another gear. You think he is going full speed and then he has a little extra. I think that is really the difference between Caleb and a lot of other backs. Once he is out in front he is going to make it to the end zone."

King primarily runs out of the "I" formation, but the Spartans sometimes use a one-back set or flank him out as a receiver. Last week he rushed for 196 yards.

Greater Atlanta Christian is a private school where the students wear uniforms to school with a strong emphasis on academics. "It's different, but I like it," King says of the school atmosphere. "My last progress report I got all A's and one B." The running back's brother who helps coach the Greater Atlanta Christian team, D'Andre King, agrees that the school has been a good place for Caleb and notes that the senior is taking SAT prep classes to get ready for his test this fall. King's brother predicts that the tailback will earn a qualifying score to be eligible to play as a college freshman.

Caleb King and his family pose for photographs at the U.S. Army's announcement on Monday.

King has drawn plenty of attention from colleges around the country. The five star rated prospect says he still hasn't narrowed his list of colleges, but notes he is interested in a pair of SEC powers--Auburn and Georgia. "I just came back from the Georgia-Tennessee game," he says. "It was a fun game to watch. I am planning to go down to Auburn this week to see the Florida game."

Commenting on what he is looking for in his college choice, King says, "The first factor will be academics. The next one will be the facilities. Then I will look at playing time."

King says he is looking forward to playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Only 80 players from across the 50 states are selected to the team. "I am sure I am going to have a good offensive line to run behind," the tailback says with a grin.

"It is exciting to have a chance to play with and against the best players in the nation. I feel honored and blessed. I was hoping they would choose me."

King made the trip to San Antonio last January for the U.S. Army Combine co-sponsored by and was named the MVP of the event that featured prospects from around the country. He was 5-11, 197 pounds then, but has gotten bigger.

"I weighed myself last week and I have gained some weight," King says. "I am 208 and I have gotten taller, too. I am six feet now. I am comfortable with the weight. I feel just the same on the field."

Chutt says he has enjoyed coaching the tailback. "He is just a great kid with a great spiritual nature about him. He works really hard. He is a quiet kid, but he is fun to be around. Our kids have enjoyed getting to know him. It has been a good thing for Caleb and for our team for him to be here."

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