"I'm going to Georgia," King announced.
King is Georgia's ninth commitment of 2008. His verbal commitment stops the bleeding for the Bulldogs for what has been a very difficult couple of weeks on the recruiting trial and in off-the-field events.
Yesterday would-be cornerback Paul Oliver was declared academically ineligible – leaving the Bulldogs without their most dependable cornerback. Two weeks ago pictures of quarterback Matthew Stafford surfaced on the Internet which showed him holding a keg of beer over his head. Although Stafford was not seen drinking in the pictures, they came on the heels of linebacker Akeem Hebron's second underage drinking charge. Hebron has been dismissed from the team.
Then Georgia suffered two de-commitments in the last couple of weeks. B.J. Brand, who committed to the Bulldogs in early January, has re-opened his recruiting; earlier this week running back Martin Ward also de-committed. Both still like the Bulldogs, however.
That's why King's commitment was so important to Bulldog fans thirsty for any sort of good news. King decided last month to hold a press conference in hopes that he will be able to end what has already been a hectic recruiting process for him.
King was "discovered", so to speak, last summer at the Bulldogs' summer camp. He, Cliff Matthews and Cornelious Washington were the Dawgs' top targets from that camp. King and Washington are now committed to Georgia for the class of 2008 while Matthews, a five-star defensive end from Cheraw, SC, signed with South Carolina in February.
King is considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com. His play last season led Habersham Central to a 10-3 season, the 8-AAAA region championship and the third round of the AAAA state playoffs where it lost to eventual state champs Northside Warner Robins 34-0. It was one of the most successful seasons in the Raiders' history.
The history made this day, however, was that King picked the Bulldogs over Clemson.
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