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King keeping options open

Ensworth, Tennessee defensive back Jaylon King made the trip from Nashville to Atlanta Saturday for the Georgia Tech football camp. King didn’t participate but he had a chance to observe the Tech staff.

The purpose of the King visit was to meet the coaches and watch them coach the campers. Jaylon met with safeties coach Andy McCollum, his recruiting coach, and cornerbacks coach Joe Speed. “They were letting me know that I was very high on their recruiting board for the corner and nickel positions.” The coaches also talked to Jaylon about the graduating seniors and the opportunities he would have to play as a freshman.

The visit also gave King a chance to get together with a few of his friends. One of them is a former teammate. Jaylon is a former teammate of Tech defensive back Gentry Bonds and he’s friends with Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams. “Both of them like it at Tech and they said the coaches look out for you and make sure you are on the right course. They make sure you are take care of things the right way.”

Following the visit, King has Tech in a favorable position in his recruitment. “Georgia Tech is a school that I like very much.” Once their season starts, Jaylon hopes to make a return visit for one of their home games. Two other schools will be getting visits from Jaylon this summer. “I know I will be visiting Louisville and Tennessee.”

Which school is recruiting Jaylon the hardest at this time? Jaylon feels that Georgia Tech would be that school. “They didn’t put pressure on me today to commit.  They wanted me to get to know the coaches, the school, and the players there.  I am sure that when I visit again, they will push for a commitment.”

King currently has 11 offers. At this time, he is not ready to trim that list of offers. “I’m keeping my options open and then sometime before my season starts or just after, I will either name a top five or even a final school.”

Academics will play a key role in Jaylon’s decision. He is looking for a school that can set him up for life after football. The Tech coaches talked to Jaylon about those opportunities. “I like the fact that you can get an internship and it could lead to a full time job after you’re done with football.” Top Stories