Courting King

Jason King has little downtime this summer. His phone rings off the hook. His email inbox is filled with messages from the many college coaches involved with his recruitment.

King, of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., isn't complaining, mind you. He appreciates the attention.

Among the schools checking in are a handful from the Southeastern Conference, including Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas.

"Personally, I really like it there," King said of Ole Miss. "I like everything about the school. Arkansas, I've talked to Arkansas a lot. LSU and Alabama have showed tons of interest. They email all the time. I talked to the offensive line coach at LSU, and he came down to my school to see me in person. He said they loved me, and if I can come down for a camp and show them what I can do, I can definitely walk away with an offer.

"Alabama, they call a lot. I get emails almost every day, just checking on me. They really like my film and if I can get down there and show them what I can do, the same thing (as LSU). It's a big deal to be able to play for an SEC school. I'd be so interested if any of those schools offered."

Jason King
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The 6-foot-3, 300-pound King participated in Ole Miss' elite camp the first weekend in June -- his only camp stop this summer so far -- but had to leave a day early. Still, he was able to work out for the Ole Miss coaching staff.

"I know I did good on all the testing. And the one-on-ones were fun. I know I did well there, too, especially the pass blocking. That's my strength," he said.

"When I was leaving, (Ole Miss offensive line) Coach (Mike) Markuson was busy, but I got a chance to talk to him for a little bit. He said he thought I did really well. They liked what they saw. He said they'd be talking to me soon. That's about as far as we got."

King timed at 5.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His 27-inch vertical jump tied for the best of any offensive lineman. He is the son of former Ole Miss football player Greg King.

"Everything was really nice, and the coaches seem really nice and like great coaches," King said. "I don't know. My dad played there, which is a plus for me. I still really like it. I just have to talk to the coaches and see if we can make something happen."

King is a member of the recruiting class of 2012. He holds scholarship offers from Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe, Central Arkansas, Arkansas State and Colorado, his most recent offer.

"I've got a lot of interest in Kansas," he said. "I'm just going to have to explore it a little longer. I've been there once, and I really like everything. I haven't really taken trips to other schools. I'm weighing my options right now, but I'll take a couple of trips to see some schools. I'll know a little more after I do that."

King will likely wait out the recruiting process. However, he could very well commit to a school prior to his senior season. His timetable is in no way set in stone.

"If I go somewhere and I decide that is where I want to be, then I'll be ready and I won't have a problem committing to a school before the season starts," King said. "But as of right now, I plan on taking my time and waiting so that I can go to a lot of schools and see a lot of different places."

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