Pittsburgh Brings In King

Stoneboro, Pa., native Cory King had been holding offers from Minnesota, Bowling Green and Pittsburgh for some time now, however on Wednesday he decided to end his recruiting and give a verbal commitment to the Panther staff. King brings a versatile lineman to the mix for Pitt that can play tackle or guard in the future.

Cory King, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from Lakeview High School became the latest commitment for the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday when he chose them over Bowling Green and Minnesota. We spoke to King a few hours after his commitment and found that he had many ties to the city of Pittsburgh already.

"I committed to Pitt at about 1:30 pm," King explained. "I called Coach (Greg) Gattuso and told him and then I called Coach Dave Wannstedt and let him know as well. They were really excited to have me and it was just a great moment for me. Pitt was the first school to start talking to me when I was a freshman and because of that they've always been there and I've had the chance to build a great relationship with Coach Gattuso."

We asked King how much consideration his other offers got.

"I had some interest in both schools, but it has pretty much always been dominated by Pittsburgh," King said. "As a football team I think they'll be great in the next few years and I really liked the campus. When I originally went down there I didn't know what to expect because it's in the inner-city, but after spending some time there I really fell in love with it."

King already has expectations going into Pittsburgh.

"I know I have to come in and work really hard to get my spot and they have told me that they want me to play tackle, but that I could play guard too. I'm fine playing either one because I have experience at both. My freshman and sophomore years I played tackle, but as a junior the coaches liked how much I could pull and get out in space, so they moved me to guard."

What kind of player should the fans expect?

"I like to pull and down block and think I'm good there," King stated. "I'm also good in pass protection, play with strength, have a little nasty streak and like to get out there and hit," King added. "I think I need to work on getting my weight down a bit right now as I'm at 310 pounds and would like to be in the 295-300-pound range."

"I just always felt at home at Pittsburgh," King offered. "My parents felt comfortable there too and I have roots in Pittsburgh as my grandparents worked in the steel mills for years. My father was a Pitt fan, so I grew up one too, so I guess it was a pretty easy decision."

We will have film on King very soon.

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