As time goes on high school football prospects continue to receive publicity at younger ages than ever. Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield wide receiver Nigel King is only a sophomore but he's one of the state's top talents regardless of class.
At 6-3 and 186 pounds, King has run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Plenty can happen between now and the time he enters college, but with that stature and speed King is bound to be a highly recruited prospect. College coaches cannot yet contact King, but that hasn't stopped him from evaluating potential future options.
King was at Carter-Finley Stadium for NC State's contest against East Carolina a couple of weeks ago. It was his first unofficial visit to a school. What did he think of the trip?
"The trip went well," King said. "It was a good experience for me. That wasn't my first State game but it was my first real unofficial visit where I got to see a lot of stuff and walk around the school.
"I talked to pretty much all the coaches. I know a couple of players that go to State already, like T.J. Graham and DeAndre Morgan. T.J. went to school with me and I actually met DeAndre's brother Dajuan in the mall one day. We've just kept in contact since.
"I went to the locker room and got to talk to some of the other players. It was just a good time."
On the season Wakefield is 6-1 through seven games. King has 637 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns. He said he projects as a wide receiver at the college level.
"I'm good at going up and getting the ball when the quarterback puts it up there. Right now I'm working on my blocking. They say that's what you need to be good at to be a D-I prospect."
While he was impressed with what he saw at NC State, King grew up watching a few other programs.
"The schools I grew up liking were Clemson, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami," he said. "I really like those and watched them a lot.
“With NC State the program is really nice. I like how they do everything kind of similar to how we do things (at Wakefield), from what I hear. I like how the coaches do their jobs."
Photo courtesy of Ted Richardson of The News & Observer.