Panthers in final six for Pennsylvania stand out

Over the years Western Pennsylvania has developed some outstanding football talent. This year should be no different. This year's top dog may have been the best player in Western PA last year as well. Gateway (PA) high school cornerback Justin King (6-0, 180, 4.30) is the consensus pick as the best player in Western PA. Justin took some time out of his hectic schedule to discuss with his recruitment.

As a junior, Justin King rushed the ball 211 times for 1,763 yards (8.3 ypc) and scored 31 touchdowns. Defensively, he registered 30 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 picks. He bench presses 320 pounds, squats 525 and has a vertical jump of 37-inches. Justin has 54 scholarship offers and has narrowed down to six schools.

"I have narrowed it down to Penn State, Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, Miami, and Pittsburgh. We sat down and discussed it, and try to finalize a list of where I'll take official visits," said King.

According to Gateway head coach and Justin's step father Terry Smith, the list should be finalized this week.

Bob: What's the worst question you get asked by recruiting services?
Justin: Where am I going to go? I hate that question.

Bob: Do you feel like the Internet puts too much pressure on you?
Justin: Not really, I guess if you let it, it does. It's a little frustrating when everyone tries to predict what you're going to do.

Bob: Do you read the articles about you on the Internet?
Justin: I read the articles about other players.

Bob: Who are some of the most impressive players you have competed with at camps or combines?
Justin: Jamario O'Neal, Ike Whitaker, Ted Ginn, and Derrick Williams.

Bob: Do you face a lot of pressure about going to Penn State because Terry played there?
Justin: I get some pressure from Penn State. I get a lot from Michigan because I'm good friends with Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy and they want me to go there.

Bob: Do a lot of people pressure you into Pittsburgh because it's right in your back yard?
Justin: No.

Bob: How important is it for you to play in a big conference, in front of 100,000 people?
Justin: It's not a big deal to me. I just want to go where I fit in the best.

Bob: What separates Justin King from the other 5-star players across the country?
Justin: I do things above and beyond. I'm always watching and breaking down film.

Bob: What's the best thing that you've seen during your recruitment?
Justin: I like when schools have former players who are now in the NFL at the school while you are there.

Bob: You have been selected to play in the US Army All-American game, how big of a deal is that to you?
Justin: It's big. I've watched it for the last 3-4 years and thought about what it would be like to play in that game.

Bob: When do you plan on making a decision?
Justin: November.

Bob: Besides Justin King, who's the best player in the WPIAL?
Justin: Eugene Jarvis.

Bob: What will be Gateway's biggest game of the year?
Justin: Hopefully the championship game.

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