Beavs eye a King from Georgia

THE SUITCASES WERE all packed. It was going to be a whirlwind 24 hour unofficial visit trip across the country to take in an Oregon State game but then plans changed. No matter, the new plans call for another trip to Oregon State in the coming weeks, this time an official visit. He's a cornerback prospect originally from the West, currently in the South, has some serious football genes.

Charles King (6-1, 190) has a football pedigree and then some. His father, Charles Sr. was a defensive back at Fresno State under Jim Sweeney. His cousin, Shaun King, was an NFL quarterback

An Alabama newspaper recently reported King said he is leaning to the Beavers, who have hinted at an offer but, as Mike Riley and Oregon State often do, want to sit down face to face and spend time with him before deciding on whether to put a scholie offer on the table.

Charles Sr. told BF.C recently, while noting he was speaking only for himself, said he felt Oregon State would be "the perfect fit" for his son.

King is the starting quarterback at Norcross High in Georgia, about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta, and many schools don't risk having their quarterbacks play on both sides of the ball lest they lose their field general to injury. So there probably isn't going to be senior tape of what might be his future position in college, cornerback, for OSU and others to pour over.

"What they've done (Oregon State), and they've done a very good job of this, they took his film (playing quarterback) and they projected it," said the elder King. "They looked at can he turn his hips, can he change directions, those types of things. And they said they think Charles can make the transition very, very smoothly."

WHAT SETS King apart, said Gateway's coach Keith Maloof, is his athleticism.

"Charles is one of those special athletes that can do many different things. Colleges like him because he can play quarterback or defensive back. Smaller schools are probably quarterback, bigger schools probably defensive back...He will have the opportunity to play somewhere," said Maloof.

King, who said academics and support systems will be important to his decision, holds three offers, from Nevada, Idaho and Western Carolina. Nevada likes him as an athlete, Idaho at quarterback, said his father. Along with Oregon State, Arizona State is the other school in the Pac-10 showing increasing interest. Both Pac-10 schools like him at corner.

AN OFFICIAL VISIT to Corvallis is tentatively set for Nov. 15. King and his father were going to be in Corvallis for the USC game on an unofficial visit but ultimately decided not to try and make the quick in and out trip before King's Friday night game.

The King family has been in Georgia for only the past four years, before that they were in California and are moving back to The Golden State next year.

Oregon State and cornerbacks coach Keith Heyward have made an impression on him, said the younger King, who said Heyward's energy and enthusiasm is appealing to him.

"It's close to California, and that's where I'm from. Keith Heyward from Oregon State, I like him a lot," said King.

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  • The numbers and needs can and do remain in flux all the way up February's Signing Day. With that in mind, BF.C projects Oregon State to sign two cornerbacks this class.

  • The Beavs' known verbal commits include a player lists at corner, Dax Dilbeck, though he could play cornerback, receiver or safety. Kyrell Hudson, who was yesterday moved up to 3-stars by, is similarly versatile.

  • Other players listed by as cornerbacks and also hold an OSU offer include Brandon Sermons, Sean Martin, Kevin Williams, Chaz Russell, Dilbeck and Kalani Brackenridge.

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