Sorting through his options

CHARLOTTE - The toughest thing this top DL from North Carolina has had to do so far in his football career was try to get past former East Forsyth tackle David Collins last fall near the goal line.

"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 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, 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 West Virginia.

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 Napier.

"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 Maryland. Top Stories