Athlete Discusses Visit to Penn State

Multi-talented <b>Justin King</b>, one of the top prospects in the country, made the short trip from Monroeville (Pennsylvania) to State College on Saturday to attend the Nittany Lion's Blue-White game. Justin talks about the visit and names his current favorites.

Name: Justin King
Position: DB-WR-RB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 pounds
40 Speed: 4.24 seconds
Hometown/School: Monroeville, PA (Gateway HS)

Justin King is widely recognized as the top Pennsylvania prep football prospect for the upcoming football season. Justin had a great junior season, rushing for almost 1800 yards on 214 carries and scoring 31 touchdowns. Despite the impressive offensive statistics, Justin is seen by many as a better college prospect at cornerback. King, who is coached by his stepfather, former Penn State WR Terry Smith, took several family members with him to Penn State on Saturday.

"It was me, my dad Terry Smith, my little cousin Aaron, my friend Roberta and my mom," Justin said. "We went to the game, hung out and just chilled for the most part.

"Most of my dad's friends came back for the [game] and I talked to most of them. Bryant Johnson, Larry Johnson, Brandon Short, O.J. McDuffie, Bobby Engram, Chafie Fields, a lot of them."

Of course, Justin also got a chance to spend time with the Nittany Lion coaching staff.

"Yeah, they talked to me a lot. [They were] just building the relationship stronger, just talking, not about football, but just what Penn State has to offer and all that type of stuff."

What were his impressions of game and atmosphere?

"It was a lot of people for a spring game, close to 50,000. I thought that was really exciting, that everybody around there supports the football team. The football team has some holes in the skill positions, but they look like they'll be a good team in the future."

Have his current favorites changed any?

"They're probably still the same: Michigan, Penn State, Texas, USC, Florida State."

Is Michigan his early favorite?

"It's close between them and Penn State. I really don't have ‘the' favorite, but there are some in the ballpark and those two are probably by themselves right now."

We asked King to elaborate on what he liked about his top two favorites.

Michigan: "I like Michigan for Michigan and I'm really used to the coaches. I have some friends on the team and the playing opportunity is great there. They have great academic support and I like Coach English a lot."

Penn State: "Basically the same thing. The playing opportunity is great, probably better than Michigan's situation. I'm really, really familiar with the coaches. I know they'd take care of me because of my dad and they're a very loyal school and everything else I said about Michigan."

Which PSU players does he know?

"I know Austin Scott. I know Paul Posluszny. I know some people that are going to go there. I know Anthony Morelli who's going there, that's all I can think of off the top of my head right now."

And Michigan?

"I know Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston."

Now that the Spring evaluation period has begun, Gateway High School should soon be inundated with visitors. Penn State, who is doing all they can to keep King from slipping through their fingers, is making their presence known today.

"Coach [Joe] Paterno and Coach Bradley are coming in tomorrow (Monday) morning."

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