Recruiting: King To Visit OSU?

One of the top running back prospects in the nation, Caleb King out of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., is heading to Stillwater for an unofficial visit, possibly as soon as this weekend. King, a 5-star prospect by Scout.com, is rated by several recruiting services as the number one running back prospect in the nation and by some as the top prospect overall in the country.

How good is he? The numbers don't lie. Last season he had 2,768 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. He is a prime athlete to play running back, catch the ball out of the backfield, and return punts and kickoffs. When asking to confirm his speed at 4.46 (fast), he said, "That is one of my slowest times. My best time is a 4.32 and I'm usually somewhere in the 4.3 range."

As a player he has been compared to a lot of great backs, but one Oklahoma State fans are very familiar with in Barry Sanders. That is a comparison that isn't made lightly.

"I'm pretty much smash and move," King said in describing himself as a player. "I never stay in one place too long. I'm always moving. My best play is where I just stand four yards behind the quarterback, get the ball, and make my own decisions."

Speaking of decisions, the 5-11, 205-pound high school star will have a huge one to make in choosing a school. He said he is now up to 60 to 65 scholarship offers with virtually every school in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac-10 on the list -- along with Notre Dame.

"My craziest offers have been USC and Notre Dame," said King. "USC doesn't recruit much in Georgia."

When told that those two don't sound that crazy, he also mentioned he has an offer from Boise State. The blue turf at Boise is a little crazy.

"It gets stressful at times," King admitted about his recruiting. "I do like talking with the head coaches from schools like Notre Dame and Southern Cal. Coach Weiss and coach Carroll have been easy to talk to. They relate to me well."

King said he plans on narrowing his list to 10 to 12 schools before the season starts , then deciding on where to make his official visits, and then eventually make his choice. It will come late in the recruiting season, but with 65 some offers he's one player who can certainly take his time.

In discussing favorites right now he mentioned the SEC as a whole, and out of the Big 12 mentioned Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Notre Dame and USC are obviously in there as well.

King also runs track and while he qualified for state in the sprints this season he had to skip it because of a test he had to take. He did finish tops in his county in the 100 meters. He has a 320-pound max on the bench press, a 510-pound max on the squat, and a 36-inch vertical jump. King is solid academically, and said he did not plan on graduating early.

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