LB Coming Off Huge Year

Leron King is a fast learner. He began playing football and running track as a freshman at Miami Northwestern and two years later he was already one of the state's best in both sports. As a junior last season, King finished the year with 44 tackles and 18 sacks.

"I feel like I have the advantage out there because I can always anticipate things," King, who plays defensive end in high school, said. "I always can tell when the ball is being snapped. Sometimes I'm offsides but I make a lot of plays because of it."

King, who measures at 6-1 and 205 pounds, also throws the shot and discus in track season. He threw the shot 52-5 at the state meet in Gainesville.

"Most of the guys in front of me were seniors," he said. "I am gonna try getting back next year and hopefully winning."

King will be part of a very talented Northwestern football team this season as well.

"We have a lot of guys coming back," he said. "We're all working hard because we don't wanna come up short again. We wanna take it all the way this year."

King, who plans on attending camps at USF and UM, was being recruited by several programs this spring.

"A lot of people said they just need to see what I get (on the SAT) before they start offering," he said. "A lot of people were calling the house -- Boston College, Clemson, Rutgers, NC State, people like that. The coach from UM stopped by the school to see us."

King said he'd prefer to stay home for college.

"UM's where I wanna be," he said. "Whenever I see Chris (Barney) or Dustin (Forston) around or whatever, I always tell them, 'I'll see you at the U,' and they know what I mean. We all wanna stay together, go to the same college. Hopefully UM will take us but if not that's fine too."

King, who is being recruited as a linebacker, said the depth charts won't even be an issue to him.

"It ain't even gonna bother me," he said. "I don't care who's there. Wherever I go, I'm coming to take someone's spot. I dont care what his name is or if he was a high school All-American or whatever. I know what I can do."

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