Recruiting: Houston DE names a leader

Houston, Texas defensive end David King profile and update.

DAVID KING, DE, 6'4, 240, 4.75, HOUSTON (STRAKE JESUIT COLLEGE PREP) TEXAS:

In recruiting, it only takes one school to like you to make you a big-time recruit. And in the case of David King, he has two of the top schools in the Big 12 Conference who have offered and that in itself puts him on the recruiting map.

King is not one of those players who doesn't know his stats or cares about the publicity, but he does want to play college football. He has been a starter since midway through his sophomore year moving from defensive tackle to defensive end.

"My sophomore year I played D-tackle and then our defensive end graduated," said King. "I moved over to that spot. Then, last season I moved around a lot. I played both defensive ends and I also stood up and rushed the passer sometimes on passing downs."

King is being recruited to play defensive end, but he has the kind of frame that could move him inside on passing downs at the next level. It is his total athletic ability, along with his size and speed, that is starting to draw recruiting attention to him.

"Teams are starting to call me and starting to recruit me," said King. "It is great to have schools interested in me and to learn about schools from all across the country. It is pretty exciting."

One thing about it King is he a very physical defensive end.

"I like the fact that initially I get to run into somebody right off the ball," said King. "I love the contact, especially if I am going against a good offensive linemen. I know I will get a challenge and I love the competition. I play hard, but I play raw. My weakness sometimes is that I will get off the ball a little late or I will raise up too high a little bit. Coaches get on me about it and then I am fine on the next down. I think I play both the run and pass pretty well. I think I am pretty good at both."

King went to Junior Day's at Texas A&M, Rice and Houston. He hasn't not been to a camp or combine, but he plans to change all that this summer. King plans to attend his first camp right there at his Cy-Fair High School this weekend, and then hit the Texas A&M, Houston and maybe Rice camps because they are close to home. He also plans to make it up to the Oklahoma camp.

King has been offered by Nebraska and Oklahoma at this point, and right now the Sooners have the edge.

"My thoughts on Oklahoma are pretty high actually," said King. "I wasn't expecting to get an offer so soon, but I guess they came here and liked what they saw. I was like, 'Thank you.' I told them that they were my first offer. Then two days later Nebraska offered me. I was surprised to get an offer from OU because I had not really spoke to any Oklahoma coaches before the day Coach (Kevin) Sumlin came up to our school. He saw me at our school and told me that the whole world would be in contact with me soon through a text message. Then I saw Coach (Jackie) Shipp and he text me and said that I would be hearing from Oklahoma real soon. And, sure enough, the next day I was told that Oklahoma offered me."

"I talked to Nebraska last night then I was told they offered me," King continued. "The coach I was talking to was telling me about Nebraska and it sounds pretty exciting up there too. I want to make some officials during the season and then I will make my decision probably before the end of the season."

Besides Oklahoma and Nebraska, King says he is hearing from Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama-Birmingham, Northwestern and Rice.

"Oklahoma is my favorite at this point," said King. "I was pretty excited when they offered me. I know that Oklahoma is known for recruiting good players and turning them into better players. I definitely want to be one of the best players. Oklahoma is my No. 1 right now."

King has qualified.


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