Spurrier to SC opens door for UF with Brandon King

Brandon King is a three star defensive back/wide receiver prospect from Houston County (Warner Robins), Georgia. King has long been interested in the Florida Gators, but his interest in UF began to wane when it was rumored that Steve Spurrier would be returning as the head football coach.

Several weeks ago the rumors of Steve Spurrier returning to his alma mater to once again lead the Mighty Gators were spreading like wildfire across the nation. For many people, this was a positive, exciting occurrence but not for King. He didn't go into details but it was obvious that he was not thrilled at a possible return of the Visored One. Some recruiting services picked up on this and listed him as "no interest" when it comes to the Gators. However, with Spurrier accepting the job at South Carolina, King's interest in UF perked up again.

"I got plenty of interest in Florida," he said. "Matter of fact, Coach (Dan) Disch is coming down Tuesday."

The coaches are traveling once again now that the quiet period is over and King, along with teammate Kyle Moore, fall under Coach Disch's territory.

What did King think of Florida's big victory over Florida State?

"Oh yeah, I watched the whole game," he said. "That's the team I was expecting to see all year…how they played. They came out and they were ready to play. That's what I was kinda mad about (not seeing them play like that all year long). They got a young team. When they play together they are good."

The "team" factor seemed to resonate with King. The youth of this Florida team is not lost on King either. He made it perfectly clear that he likes the potential of the Gators young players and that he can see himself fitting in with this group already on the UF campus.

"They've only been together a short time," he said. "They've got one of the more talented teams I've seen. They have more talent than Georgia has. They are young and inexperienced. When they get that experience they will be off the chain."

With Urban Meyer's name being bandied about as the coach du jour, I asked King what he knew or thought of Coach Meyer and his style of play.

"He's a good coach," he said. "I heard he's a player's coach. That's what I like. A guy that talks to you and that likes to be around his players. I don't like a guy that just coaches and then goes home. That's what I liked about Coach Zook, too."

King commented that he likes the aggressive style that about Meyer's aggressive style, noting "He wants to take the game early. That's what I like."

He also said that Meyer's reputation as a disciplinarian suits him very well, that it fits in with what he's accustomed to. "

"The one (coach) I got now, he's the same way," he said.

Brandon King was playing several positions for Houston County before his team was eliminated from the third round of the playoffs by Parkview. Because of that versatility, he is being recruited by the Gators as an athlete. Standing at 5-11, 181, King can fill several positions, but Florida's need for King would appear to be at the cornerback position considering the Gators lose starter Reynoldo Hill and the considerable lack of depth at the position. With his size and 4.5 speed in the 40, King appears to be a good fit for that spot. He was recently named Second Team All-Region and was Player of the Week three straight weeks during the regular season.

Clemson, Maryland, Florida, and Georgia make up King's list and he says that all have offered. Brandon is also planning on taking his official visit to UF sometime in January. King is a player that can fill a much-needed hole on the UF roster and is a recruit that Florida has a better than reasonable shot to land.

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