Isaiah King is known to many fans of recruiting by his nickname "Jazz". The 2010 product from Byrnes High began his sophomore year on the JV team, but later during the season saw time on the varsity team. While his 8 catches for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns aren't lights-out, he showed the potential this summer as he performed well at the different combines that he attended. At the Nike combine King posted the highest score for a wide receiver regardless of class over the last year. That, combined with his 6' tall and 171 pound frame, has drawn interest from some of the top BCS programs in the country.
"I don't have any offers yet," explained King, "but Virginia, LSU, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia have all been in contact with me. Right now I'm just planning some visits to these schools to check them out. I went the FSU game when they played Wake Forest. This past weekend I went to see both Clemson and Georgia and I have trips scheduled to LSU on October 22nd and Virginia November 1st."
Florida State is a school that Jazz always had interest in. He told NoleDigest that he grew up a fan of the Seminoles, and that his visit was a good time despite the loss.
"What I liked most about the visit is that I feel like I can fit in there," said King. "FSU has always been my favorite since I was a kid. I've spoken to Coach Dawsey and he invited me down for the game. He talked to me about how I am doing in school and about me as a player. We also talked about me visiting again. I had a good time there and the loss didn't affect them badly. If anything the loss made me want to go there more because I could go in and help."
It's no secret that Florida State has been building its ties to Byrnes. Jazz says while going to school with former teammates would provide a sense of comfort, that aspect won't play a big role in his recruitment. King is an excellent student (he reports a GPA of 3.796), so graduation rates will play a role.
"If I do go there (FSU) it would be cool to know people already," said King about the influence of his teammates going to FSU. "Getting an offer from them would mean a lot, but I still want to go through the process. I want to go to a school that has a high graduation rate. Also how the offense works and the relationship with my position coach will be factors in my decision."
King says that he doesn't have a top list of schools yet, but he does hope to hear from an SEC school more as his recruitment progresses.
"I'd say the school recruiting me the hardest right now is Virginia," stated King. "They've been talking to me a whole lot. I'd like to hear more from LSU more. I've talked to their receiver coach some and he seems really cool."
This season is the first chance King will have as a full-time varsity player. He intends on working on his speed because he feels that is what's keeping him from being a complete wide out.
"I work hard in practice every day and I go get the ball when it's in the air, and I feel that I am a good blocker," said King about what makes him stand out. "I've been really working on my speed because I need to get faster for the next level. I'd also like to grow some more. Once I get faster I feel like I will be a complete player."
Florida State has just started showing interest in Jazz, and if he continues to progress the interest will continue into his senior year. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Jazz's progress and recruitment over the next year.