Kentucky received its second commitment for the 2009 class when athlete LaRod King made his choice to be a Wildcat.
At 6-foot-6, King presents match up problems from many skill positions. "LaRod is such a talented player who could play every skilled position," said Joe Washington, North Hardin's head coach. "Evidence of his skill is noted in the fact that he was the only player in the area to score 3 touchdowns in one game three different ways. He threw a pass for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown as quarterback and caught a touchdown pass as a receiver. Again, this was all in one game," Washington continued.
With that kind of versatility, where does King fit in at UK?
"He is an athlete. He plays all sports--basketball, track and field, and football. Playing all sports has always been a plus for him. He played QB for North because of the new offense we were running which was the Gun Shovel Option. He is a superb athlete and has a great knowledge of the game. He is a coach's dream," said Washington. "He played quarterback, receiver, and tight end on offense and safety on defense. He was also used on the specialty teams."
Last season, North Hardin struggled to a 3 win and eight loss season, but they played six teams with winning records. In addition, they played with a new offense and new defense. Still, King managed to pass, run, and receive over 300 yards each.
Obviously with multi-faceted skills, there were numerous suitors for the rising senior. He was receiving interest from Auburn, Purdue, Tennessee, Boston College, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Air Force and Army.
In the end, LaRod chose Kentucky, but why?
"LaRod decided to attend Kentucky because of the atmosphere of the university," said Washington. "He believed that the football program and the knowledge and skill of the coaching staff would provide him with the opportunity to get a good education, as well as play football at a Division I school."
King joins Madison Central's Larry Warford and Dunbar's running back Jerrell Greene as UK Class of 2009 commitments.
6-6 athlete liked the Kentucky atmosphere
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