King's Coach/Dad Weighs In On The Visit

We talked last night to Pa. Corner/Athlete <b>Justin King</b> about his Junior Day visit -- the interview is just below. This (Monday) morning we talked to his dad/head coach, who went along with Justin. Here is what Mr. Terry Smith thinks about things.

We asked Coach Smith for his impressions of the visit.

"Michigan is an impressive place -- it's Michigan! The coaches are very impressive ... and they spent a lot of time with Justin."

"The Big House is very impressive, the coaches are great , and the facilities are good."

Does the visit raise Michigan in Justin's eyes?

"Did it raise them? Michigan has always been up there for Justin."

"We've been to Michigan before -- this is our third trip actually. We were at the Michigan Camp last summer (where Justin got his Michigan offer), and we went to the Notre Dame game last fall."

We saw you guys sitting next to Antonio Bass. Did Justin and Antonio get to know each other?

"Antonio actually sat next to us. We didn't know it was him at first -- Antonio and Justin talked more after the game. I sat directly next to Antonio. He seemed real nice ... this is all such a big rush to him all of a sudden. But he's just kind've laid back, like Justin. Justin is a really good kid, and Antonio seems like a real good kid as well."

As far as where Michigan stand for Justin:

"It's still so new and early ... but Michigan is definitely right at the top level for him."

And regarding a return visit:

"We plan to make it back for a spring practice ... we have to work it out with the track coach, who naturally doesn't like kids missing practice."

"In track, Justin has run a 10.5 100 meters, and he also runs the 200 and the 4X100, and sometimes he long jumps."

Just to repeat: cornerback/athlete Justin King from Monroeville, Pa. (in the Pittsburgh suburbs) had phenominal PSU Nike stats last spring: 5-11, 180 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle, 37.1 inch vertical jump, 11 bench press reps. And he has a 3.0 GPA. King is considered one of the nation's Top 25 Junior Prospects, and the state of Pennsylvania's top junior. For his junior season King rushed as a junior for 1,763 yards (8.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns; and as a cornerback he recorded 28 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and three interceptions.

The Michigan Insider Top Stories