RECRUITING: Sooners offer Pittsburgh CB

Pittsburgh, Pa. cornerback Justin King update.


Cover corners are at a premium in college football, so when a great one comes along like Justin King every school in the country makes a play for him. Considered one of the top three corners in the country by most, King will be a rare four-year starter at Gateway at cornerback.

"Most of the time I am covering the best receiver to the wide side of the field," said King. "That is what I enjoy most about playing cornerback. I like the fact that I am one-on-one with a great receiver and it is my job to shut him down and make sure he can't catch the football."

King finished last season with 31 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. On offense, King rushed for 1800 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns, while also catching 15 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. King also returned one kickoff return 70 yards for a touchdown.

"I like playing offense, but I am a cornerback," said King. "Texas, UCLA, Ohio State and Florida State all talk to me about playing running back, but I really want to play cornerback. I like playing defense better."

King can bench 320 pounds, squats 505 and he has posted a 40-inch vertical jump. King has been to Michigan unofficially and he went the 7-on-7 camp at Penn State. King runs the 100M (10.5), 200M (21.8 ) in track.

He has been offered by 53 schools at this point and he is having a good time with that.

"I still like all the schools, but four schools are really sticking out," said King. "Penn State, Michigan, Florida and USC are my top four schools, and Miami would be my fifth school. I like Pitt but they aren't recruiting me that much.

"Oklahoma has offered me a scholarship and they are a great school, but I don't see myself going there in the near future."

King is qualified.

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