King Closer To Decision

Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro athlete Preston King says he will be ready to decide by Wednesday whether to take an offer from a MWC school or walk on at either a Pac-10 or Big 12 school...

Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro athlete Preston King was down a few weeks ago, wondering if he would have any options besides walking on at a couple of schools.

Fast forward a few weeks, and now King has some options to choose from: offers from San Diego State and San Jose State and preferred walk-on spots with USC and Colorado.

This past weekend, King visited San Diego State and he was impressed with new Aztecs coach Brady Hoke.

"It was great, I went down and met all the other coaches," said King. "I met Coach Hoke and Coach Smith. I really like Coach Hoke, he took Ball State from a lower program and into the rankings and the top 25 and MAC championship game. It's kind of the same situation he's in here. He's taking a team with a lot of talent and he's going to take that team in the right direction."

King said the visit itself was also enjoyable.

"The trip was great, all the players were really nice, the coaches were nice, and I really liked the facilities and the campus," said King. "They offered me on Wednesday, and then I tripped on Friday. They want me to commit by Signing Day, but I'm still trying to see what I'm going to do and I want to still talk to my parents. But they're definitely my number one choice."

King said that the plan for him position wise is to start out on defense and special teams.

"They want me to play cornerback and punt returner, and they think I could start at punt returner my freshman year," said King. "The receiver coach was down there when I went down to camp, and I might get a chance at receiver. They would be bringing me in, might put me back at corner, or bring me in to fill whatever hole there is."

King said the Aztecs are standing out as his leader, but the walk-on opportunities at USC and Colorado are also in the mix.

For King, the delay, as frustrating as it was early on, is now working itself out.

"There was a while where the recruiting was slow and kind of disappointing," said King. "But it's starting to pick up. Once one school looks and offers, other schools see if you can play there, you're good enough to play here."

King said he will likely have a decision by Wednesday, and his family is behind him whatever he chooses.

"They're open with whatever," said King. "They've been supportive the whole time. They just want me go to a place where I want to go."


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