Memphis Linebacker To Visit Auburn

A new staff at Auburn late in the recruiting process has meant several surprise official visitors in January.

Memphis, Tenn.—Linebacker prospect Greg King of Melrose High School in Memphis was planning on taking a visit to Miami this weekend, but instead he is taking a visit to Auburn.

King says that that first contact he's had from Auburn was "just a couple of nights ago" when he heard from Coach Trooper Taylor, who had previously recruited him for Oklahoma State.

"We've known each other from before but we haven't been in contact until lately," he says of his relationship with Taylor, who paid a visit to King on Thursday along with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.

"They came by today," King states. "They came to the school and the house. The head coach came by. They were saying all of the good things that I needed to know and that he understands what it takes and all that."

King took an official visit to Texas Tech in mid-December, another to Tennessee last weekend and was planning on going to Miami this weekend. "I was, but now it's Auburn," he explains. "They haven't been calling to let me know what the information was."

King adds that he's still working with the Auburn coaches to find transportation for the visit this weekend. "Right now I don't have a ride," he says, "so I'm trying to see how they're setting it up and getting that information.

King has considered several other schools including Alabama and Arkansas, but four schools have the advantage. "Miami, Tennessee and Texas Tech, and Auburn is in the picture now," King says. "I have 15 offers to be exact, but right now the ones I'm looking at I've got offers from all of them."

King says he got an offer from Auburn on Thursday. "He (Chizik) said he had a full scholarship waiting on me."

Asked what he was looking for in a school, King responds, "It's just the environment really. Can I see myself there for years? Because football is not a problem. Just being able to be around some people that I'm comfortable with. I'll be going through life with these people for the next three or four years."

King checks in at 6-3, 202 and put up impressive numbers at middle linebacker this season at Melrose. "I had 130 tackles, four forced fumbles and about five sacks, something like that," he says.


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