Justin King Coming Tomorrow: Does U-M Lead?

Top Penn. cornerback/athlete <b>Justin King</b>, perhaps the state's top junior prospect overall, is attending the Michigan Spring Game tomorrow. King did a nice interview with SuperPrep/TheInsiders' Allen Wallace yesterday where he names a co-leader. And better yet, yesterday he gave a leader to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

First, Kings' interview with Allen Wallace:

King with Wallace, the whole interview.

Childhood Faves Hold the Lead
by Allen Wallace of TheInsiders.com, April 8, 2004

CB/RB Justin King (5-11, 180, 4.4) of Pittsburgh Gateway (PA) already has about 27 offers and is firmly established as one of the elite recruits who will sign next Feb. Justin favors Michigan (CB) and Penn St (CB) slightly over USC (ATH), Florida St (ATH), Oklahoma (CB) and Texas (RB)--and all have offered.

"I grew up watching Michigan and Penn St. Penn St was my first offer when I was a frosh," said King. "I always loved their tradition and they are only two hours away, but that doesn't matter. I'll go where the opportunity is right. My dad (Terry Smith) played WR there. He told me to stay level-headed and not get caught up in everything. He doesn't have a favorite though."

"But I was also a big fan of Michigan. I liked their helmets when I was younger. They are recruiting me really hard and I've been to their JR Day already. I like my chances to play early there and I'm real familiar with their coaches. They seem to care about the players and I've been recruited by them since the ninth grade."

"Michigan and Penn St have the edge basically because they've been recruiting me the longest and the hardest. I'm just the most familiar with them."


And, as far as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, yesterday King was named Male High School Star Athlete of the Week for winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Tri-State Coaches Association Championships at West Mifflin last Saturday (the 100 in 11.03 seconds and the 200 in 22.52) and also anchoring Gateway's 400 relay team that finished first. King ran the 100 in 11.03 seconds and the 200 in 22.52 (Post-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week).

The Post-Gazette wrote, "... when asked if he had a favorite, King didn't hesitate to say, 'My leader right now is Michigan. Just because Michigan has been recruiting me the hardest, along with Penn State. Plus, I'm real comfortable with the coaches there -- and it's Michigan."

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