This past weekend, the Michigan State Spartans hosted a large gathering of 2018, 2019, and 2020 recruits. There were many in-state recruits in attendance for the Spartans’ basketball victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. However, one of the biggest names came from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania sophomore linebacker, Tyler King. Tyler is hearing from a host of the nation’s top programs, but Michigan State may stand out among the rest for the rising 2019 recruit.
King described his time in East Lansing. “It was great and I got there early so I was able to get a tour of the Skandalaris Football Center, which is incredible,” he said. King also experienced the family atmosphere that many visitors rave about, saying “also, I was able meet and talk to some coaches who made me feel welcomed.”
This weekend’s visit for King was not his first time in East Lansing. In fact, when he was invited back up for a visit, he did not hesitate to make it happen. This was the second time they invited me up and I was very intrigued after my first visit so I thought I might as well come up.” The trip from Pennsylvania to Michigan is not an easy trip by any means, but King knew it was worth it. He said, “I think it was a very productive visit and worth the 5 hour drive, for sure. In addition to that, I wanted to show their staff I was interested and I believe I presented myself well to them.”
As King is only a sophomore in high school, he has a lot of time to sort through his recruitment. He has not received an offer yet, but the will surely change as he is under constant evaluation by Michigan State, North Carolina, Pittsburg, and others. However, King already has his sights set on one offer in particular, a Michigan State offer. “An offer would be huge and I would strongly consider it because they have shown the most interest of any school at this point,” King explained, “Also, it seems that they like me and I like how they want to get to know me.”
The 6’1”, 220 pound linebacker would bring a physical presence to any defense. King has watched the Spartans’ defense time in and time out. He knows that he would be a perfect fit. He explained who he is on the football field, stating “I would describe myself as physical and emotional because I love bringing energy and hype to my defense with a big hit or splash play. Therefore I think I would be a good fit for the MSU defense.”
As of now, King’s visit schedule is wide open, but has one potential spring visit in mind. “I have nothing set right now but I hope to come back to Michigan State in the spring,” he added.
Tyler King is not yet rated by Scout but figures to be one of the higher ranked recruits in his class when it is all said and done. King is still growing and will end up having ideal height for a standout college linebacker. One trait that also stands out about King is the fact that he is a very humble person and it is hard not to get the sense that will hard work for every offer he will receive. Stay tuned to Spartan Nation as we stay in touch with King as he works toward receiving an offer from the Spartans and potentially making a third visit during spring.