While the Scout.com combine held last week in Charlotte boasted many of the region’s top players for the class of 2010, there were a select few sophomore invited, including Wakefield (NC) wideout Nigel King.
On film, it’s easy to forget just how young King is but his potential is clear. He makes tough catch after tough catch while his size (6-2, 190 pounds), speed and athleticism pose a challenge for any defensive back. At the Scout combine he consistently created separation, ran good, crisp routes and showed great hands. While still early, it’s safe to say King will emerge as a household name among recruiting fans over the coming months.
King told Pack Pride that he enjoyed going up against numerous college-caliber players as he begins working himself back into football shape for the upcoming season.
“It felt good being out there,” said King. “It’s good competition for me to get better. Also, just the experience of being at a combine will help me out.
“I’ve been playing basketball but lately I’ve been getting back into football, working out and going to combines. This is actually my second combine. I was also at the VTO combine. I know that this combine is good exposure for me because a lot of college commits and recruits are here so that let’s me know that I’m going to be recruited.”
Recruiting won’t kick into high gear for King until September although he has been in touch with a few programs already.
“The schools I’ve been in touch with are NC State and Louisville. That’s about it right now. UCLA told me they’d eventually offer me and also NC State and Louisville.”
King has visited State on a few occasions, including a couple of games last year. Location and familiarity could weigh in the Pack’s favor and it’s clear the Pack has made a favorable, early impression.
“I like NC State a lot and they’re my favorite program ,” he said. “I’ll just have to see what it’s like when it’s time for me to graduate and see how the program is doing but I really like the school.
“One of the coaches daughters goes to my school and I’ve talked with him a lot. Coach Bible’s son goes to Leesville Road so we talk a lot, too. Also, TJ Graham goes to State and he’s from Wakefield.”
As a sophomore, King had 853 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.