King Pushes Back Timetable

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- With his senior football season completed, Jazz King will have more time to focus on his recruitment, which is very much unsettled.

"I'm going to try to get some more offers [and] try to go on some visits," King said. "I'm going to [officially] visit Illinois, North Carolina, and Ole Miss."

King, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, has seen a recent increase of interest from Arkansas, Auburn, and Rutgers. He has already received scholarship offers from Illinois, Kansas, Marshall, Mississippi, UNC, and Tulane.

Roughly a month ago, King announced Mississippi and UNC as his co-leaders and that he was a couple of weeks shy from making a verbal commitment. That situation has changed.

"[The schools are] all the same right now; that's why I pushed my decision back," King said.

UNC assistant coach John Blake is recruiting King for UNC. The two speak weekly, according to King.

"They really like me," King said of UNC. "They want me to come up for an official. We'll see what happens [on the visit]."

King said he's aware of wide receiver Reggie Wilkins' de-commitment from UNC. Although he hasn't noticed a change in how UNC is recruiting him, King admits that the de-commitment makes UNC's situation more appealing.

On Saturday, Byrnes lost the SCHSL Division I Championship, 28-17, to Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman.

"We should have won, but we had a lot of mistakes," King said. "We just didn't execute. We had too many penalties – too many."

Byrnes committed ten penalties for 82 yards.

In the game, King caught the lone pass thrown his direction for a 28-yard gain.

As if the sting of losing a state title wasn't enough, Byrnes lost at the hands of its archrival.

"We're about to hear a whole bunch of talk from them when we get back in school," King said.

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