King Taking a Step Back

After nearly verbally committing to LSU last week, Nigel King is taking a big step back with his recruitment.

"All my options are still open," King said. "I'm still interested in UNC, Alabama, Georgia, and Oregon – those are other schools that I like [besides LSU]. I also want to see what other offers I could possibly get."

King, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield, set a press conference last Friday morning to announce his collegiate decision. The 2011 prospect had planned to select LSU over UNC.

"When I went down for the Arkansas game, I just liked the people – it wasn't even about the football," King said. "The players took me in like I was already one of them. I had built a good relationship with all the coaches down there. It felt like a big family down there and I felt at home."

However, hours before the press conference, King says he got cold feet.

"Friday morning, I just thought about it and I didn't have a relationship with Coach [Billy] Gonzalez, so I just figured I needed to wait and give it a little more time," King said.

A week before King's scheduled press conference, LSU hired Gonzalez to coach its wide receivers.

Over the course of the next several months, King plans to converse with Gonzalez regularly and camp at LSU next summer

"I just want to talk to him and get to know him a little bit more," King said.

In the meantime, King plans to continue to investigate other schools. He will unofficially visit several schools this spring and summer.

King now plans to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.

"I think it's better for me to make a decision early so I'll know what I'll have to do and it will take a lot of pressure off me because I plan on graduating early," King said.

King says his mother regularly speaks with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator.

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