"He was 6-7, 330 pounds and I felt all 330 pounds," Northern Guilford tackle Gabe King joked Sunday before taking MVP honors at the Scout.com/Fox Sports Combine in Charlotte.
It gave King - 6-foot-5, 253 pounds - an idea of what most offensive
linemen and quarterbacks have to experience every time they face him.
Ranked the No. 8 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, King has been a one-man
missile on opposing quarterbacks in high school while garnering the
attention of big-time college programs such as Alabama, California,
Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and
All nine schools have offered.
"I'm just ready to go against some big 6-7, 6-8, 330-pound linemen," the
four-star athlete smiled.
He might be doing that sooner rather than later. King has been ruled
ineligible to participate in any sport for the next year by the North
Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Reportedly, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ruled King
provided Page High School in Greensboro, N.C., with false information
regarding his residency. King is appealing the ruling and was advised by
his family lawyer not to talk about the situation.
He has since transferred into Greensboro's Northern Guilford High School
where he hopes to play this fall. If he cannot win his appeal, King said
he is likely to transfer to Hardgrave Military Academy, where his brother,
Antonio, attended prep school.
"I just want to play football. It doesn't matter where," King said. "If
that's where I have to play then that's where I will have to play."
It doesn't appear King is going to have any problems playing in college.
He just has to choose a school.
He said Sunday his grades and transcripts are in good shape, and he is
scheduled to take the SAT on May 6. As for choosing a school, he said he
plans on taking all five of his official visits this fall and that he may
wait until national signing day to make his decision.
"It will be whenever I feel it is right," King said.
King said Clemson felt right when he was there for Junior Day earlier this
spring. The guy opposing teams call "too big, too strong, too athletic and
too fast," really enjoyed his time talking with Clemson head coach Dabo
Swinney on that visit, as well as Chris Rumph, Danny Pearman and Billy
"I didn't get to see all of (Clemson), but what I heard I liked," King
said. "What I saw I liked as well. I love the coaching staff and would
love to know more about them and I plan to make another visit down there
before I commit anywhere."
That trip could come this summer as King hopes to attend one of Dabo
Swinney's football camps. If not, he will plan to come on another day.
King says he has no favorites at this time, but he has really enjoyed his
unofficial visits to Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Alabama and
Sorting through his options
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