Colorado interests King

The Colorado football program benefited greatly during the 2008 season from an unheralded freshman discovered late in 2008 recruiting process. Rodney Stewart became one of the most productive freshmen running backs in the nation before breaking his leg late in the season. CU coaches might have found another gem this year. This time in Georgia.

Charles King, a quarterback at Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., plans to make an unofficial visit to Boulder in early January with his father, Charles King Sr., during a cross-country trip to California, where the family once lived and intends to return next year.

King, the cousin of former pro quarterback and ESPN analyst Shaun King, likely won't play quarterback at the college level. He is viewed as a potential cornerback at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with decent speed and a long wingspan.

He is an unusual prospect because there is no film of him playing the position he is most likely destined for in college. Coaches have to project what he might be capable of doing in the long term.

"We just started going down the path with Colorado over the past week or two," Charles King Sr. said.

King took it upon himself to provide the best information possible to recruiters.

King began working with speed and strength expert Chip Smith, who annually serves as one of the top trainers for college players preparing for the NFL scouting combine and draft. Smith is based in Atlanta.

King put together a video of some of his workouts with Smith and began sending it to various college programs, including CU. After the tape went out, interest picked up.

"He's very, very athletic and I think he has all the tools and skills," Charles King Sr. said.

The King family has ties to the Colorado program that go back more than 20 years.

Charles King Sr. played high school football in the Los Angeles area with CU running backs coach Darian Hagan and he played in college with defensive coordinator Ron Collins' older brother.

As is often the case with unknown prospects, one of the first questions about King is whether he will have the grades to get into top-level schools or if he might have to go the junior college route.

Charles King Sr. said his son is a decent student who still needs to improve his scores on college entrance exams and improve in the classroom during his final semester.

Charles King is also being recruited by Oregon State, Arizona State, Idaho, Nevada and Western Carolina. He visited Oregon State last month.

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