King gets ready to move in

College football is about to start for Tavarres King – and that's fine with him.

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In one of his last acts as a high school prospect, King took his official visit to Georgia this weekend. The talented wide receiver will move in to his dorm room with Richard Samuel and Dontavius Jackson on January 2nd, the day the Bulldogs return from the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

"My trip was fun," King said. "I just got a dose of what life was like in college. That's what Israel (Troupe) was trying to show me."

Not your average high school star, King hopes to get a jump on college life and ball by enrolling early. He will be one of many young pass catchers fighting for the starting spot vacated by Sean Bailey. And while it may be hard to think that King will capture that spot months out of high school ball, it's not hard to image him earning playing time in 2008.

"I just want to be a difference maker," King said. "I feel like I can come in and play. I want to contribute to the team. I just want to play. I want to do something great. I think getting there earl y will give me an advantage and classes. It will help on the field, too. I have a lot of weight to gain still."

Building bulk has been something King has heard about for most of his high school career. He does not posses the upper-body bulk most college receivers have, but he has been working to get to that stage. It should be noted that most college receivers don't have the set of hands King has, either.

"I work out twice a day in the off-season," he said. "I have been going to CES and working out a lot. I gained 12 pounds before the season started and loss ten during the season. I was 166 yesterday. I want to get to 185 or 190 – somewhere in there, but Georgia has not said that to me. I don't think it's a huge deal, but I want to do it."

King noted that Mikey Henderson and Bailey both have slender frames and both have had quite an impact during their playing days in Athens.

One of the top recruits in Georgia, and arguably one the top receiver in state, King's recruiting was a very public matter during the start of the year. Because his father is a former Clemson star, and because of Habersham Central's proximity to the upstate school, there was pressure for King to play in Death Valley. When he picked Georgia, King admitted that things may not have been perfectly smooth, but, he said, those feelings were quickly settled.

"I think Dad may have had hard feelings at first, but we are all past that now," King said. "He wants me to be at a place where they love me, and I think Georgia does love me. They are men of character – it is a great program."

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