King headed to Georgia

NORCROSS – Nearly three years after he was discovered Caleb King decided where he was going to attend college today.

And today King announced he was headed to Georgia.

"My reason for picking Georgia is that they are one of the best (programs) in the country," King said after putting on a Georiga hat.

For the almost all his high school career King seemed most interested in Auburn. His close friend Brad Lester is currently playing for the Tigers – that had influence over the All-American.

End the end, however, the Tigers were the team to beat, and the Bulldogs beat them. It may have appeared differently, however, a few weeks ago when Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville watched GAC and King play on September 29. That, as it turned out, was more a sign of desperation than anything else. Tuberville knew Auburn's chances with King were slipping – if not gone.

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King's commitment to the Dawgs is significant if for no other reason than Georgia has locked up the top ball carrier in the state – and kept Auburn from getting them. In recent years Auburn has used Georgia natives to pound the Bulldogs. Kenny Irons and Ronnie Brown, both Georgia natives, slashed Georgia in 2004 and 2005.

Two summers ago King wowed the Bulldogs' coaching staff with his performance as a rising junior at Georgia's summer camp.

"He's the best kid out here - its not even close," was a comment I overheard one assistant coach saying to another.

At that time King was playing for Parkview, but he is now going to Greater Atlanta Christian. Before those two he was at Columbia High School. All of the transfers may effect his academic situation as it relates to the NCAA's qualifying standards. He spent this summer in Texas trying to get his grades in order. His academic situation, however, is not public knowledge.

"My goals for the next few months are to concentrate on my academics and prepare myself for college," King said.

At GAC this season King punished opponents for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns. His senior season was cut short by a leg injury. Last season at Parkview he set a Georgia high school record for junior ball carriers with 2,768 yards.

"King has the ability to accelerate at full speed out of a cut," said recruiting analyst Jamie Newburg. "He shows excellent vision and the ability to make people miss. King is also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, and once he has the reception in the open field he is so tough to catch or bring down."

King is considered a five-star prospect by Although the Bulldogs have several four-star prospects committed to them, King is the first five-star player verbally committed to Georgia.

Conventional wisdom is that King's announcement was scheduled now to help try to sway fellow five-star Georgians Eric Berry and Allen Bailey to pick the Bulldogs.

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