Practice Tour: Vance King

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. --- As Stockbridge aims to record its first winning season in over ten years, the Tigers will rely heavily on the versatility of star athlete Vance King.

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    "We'll use him everywhere we can," said head coach Steve Collins. "We'll shake his hand when he gets off the bus and tell him we'll see him after the game. He does it all – offense, defense, special teams."

    King, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, isn't feeling any extra pressure from being a modern day iron man.

    "I don't feel any right now," said King. "I should be ok. I did it last year. I'm a senior and I'm a leader, so I have to do my part."

    In Stockbrige's spread offense, King serves as a hybrid running back/slot receiver position.

    "We're putting him in the backfield some, we'll split him out a little bit," said Collins. "We're just trying to get the ball in his hands in space and let him do what he does – break a tackle and let his speed take over. We'll move him around a little bit where he can get isolated in different positions."

    However, King is most valuable to Stockbridge on the defensive side of the ball, where he plays pony (outside linebacker) in the Tigers' 3-5 scheme.

    "He can do a lot of things [at pony]," said Collins. "We can drop him back at the hash as a safety. We can move him up in press coverage. Of course we can blitz him inside like an inside linebacker."

    Last season, King was the team's leading kick returner and therefore will return kicks again this season.

    Given his versatility, King is being recruited for multiple positions. Schools like Auburn, Arkansas, and Florida like him at safety, while North Carolina and Vanderbilt are among the schools that are recruiting him at tailback. Purdue see King as a slot receiver.

    "To me, I could see him playing either one, but if I had to pick one, it would be safety," said Collins. "He's big; he is a strong, physical player; he gets down hill quick; he's smart; and just a good athlete that can run to the ball and make the tackle. The biggest thing on defense is he can run. A lot of colleges like to recruit that speed -- that negates a lot of things."

    King doesn't have a position preference.

    "It doesn't matter, I just want to play football," said King. "Wherever I play, I'm going to pull to my ability."

    Since the NCAA imposed a ban on text messaging, King, who holds approximately 20 scholarship offers, hasn't had contact with any school.

    Over the summer, King camped at Auburn, Clemson, and Florida.

    He said he plans to attend a lot of college games this season. While he hasn't made any specific plans, he is considering the Clemson-Florida State game, the Auburn-LSU game, and one game at UNC.

    Currently, King is approaching his recruitment with an open mind.

    "I don't have any favorites," said King. "Everybody's the same. I don't have a top one or anything like that."

    King said he isn't looking to narrow his list down until January.

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