"Justin likes Michigan."

So said Terry Smith, Head Coach of Monroeville, Penn., High School -- and stepfather of top Michigan recruit CB <b>Justin King</b>. Justin and his coach-dad made the drive to Ann Arbor for the Spring Game Saturday. Here is Coach Smith's report to us.

Cornerback/athlete Justin King is considered perhaps the #1 junior prospect in Pennsylvania. He came to the Feb. 29 U-M Junior Day and to Saturday's Spring Game. He plans to attend the Michigan Camp this summer. He is Max Emfinger's #1 All-purpose back.

King's Coach/stepdad Terry Smith filled us in this (Monday) morning on Saturday's Spring Game visit:

"Yes, Justin and I came to the Michigan Spring Game. Everything went pretty well. We thought we'd see more contact, more hitting, in the game. But I can understand why they didn't want them tackling."

Is Justin getting comfortable at Michigan?

"I'd say so, yes. He really likes it there."

"Coach Loeffler and Coach English talked to Justin. They explained that with two senior cornerbacks this year, there will be a corner spot up for grabs next year -- and that Justin could compete for that spot as a freshman."

Did you and Justin get a chance to talk to Coach Carr as well?

"Yes, Coach Carr pulled us aside and talked to us in the locker room right after the game -- before Coach Carr went into the press room and talked to you guys (the press)."

We all read Justin's quote in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday, where he said Michigan is his leader. Did you and Justin decide you were ready to go public with a leader, or is it something that just slipped out in the moment?

"It isn't something we decided on, but I would exactly say it just slipped out. Justin speaks his mind when he talks, and that is what was on his mind. And it's true -- Justin likes Michigan."

"At the same time however, we are still evaluating things, and his recruitment is still wide open. More and more schools are coming in now and offering him -- Oklahoma and USC have just entered the picture for example."

Justin King's stats: 5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle, 37.1 inch vertical jump, 11 bench press reps., 3.0 GPA. As a junior he rushed 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.

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