Palmetto State DB Names Top Three

Irmo (Columbia, SC) standout cornerback Yari King is one of the top junior prospects in the talent rich state of South Carolina this year, and the premier defensive back is already generating plenty of interest on the recruiting front. Where do the Gamecocks stand with this 2008 in-state prospect? Read inside to find out.

The 5'10, 165 pound King, who totaled 60 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 1 touchdown in his junior season with the Yellow Jackets, has not received any written offers yet, but according to King, several major programs are beginning to show early interest in him.

"Everything's going pretty good. I've got a lot of letters, but no offers yet," said King. "South Carolina, Virginia, Furman, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Auburn, and Florida are all showing interest."

While several programs are expressing an interest in King, three schools have already jumped to the top of his list.

"I'm liking South Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Tech right now. South Carolina is showing me the most interest."

The Palmetto State standout shared what he likes about each of his three early favorites:

South Carolina - "I like the way they're building now. I like the defensive coordinator, and I like the defensive backs coach. I like my recruiter, Coach (Robert) Gillespie. He's cool. I like him. He's a fun guy to be around, and I talk to him a lot on the phone"

Clemson - "I like Clemson because I like the defense they run, and I like the coaches. That's pretty much it."

Georgia Tech - "One of the players (Martin Frierson) that I played with went to Georgia Tech, and we keep in touch. He was telling me about the coaches and everything and how they're looking at me. He told me to keep working hard. I like it because I've grown up a Yellow Jacket, and I could stay one if I go there."

King, who said an early decision is not out of the question, will be looking for a couple of main factors when making his college choice.

"I'm going to be looking at the school itself, like how many athletes graduate from their school and what's best for my degree."

When asked to describe himself as a player, King replied that he has all the makings of a lockdown cornerback.

"I'm quick, I can cover, and I can move my hips real good. I try to model my game after Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders, and Charles Woodson."

King, who helped lead his team to a runner-up finish in the South Carolina 4A Division I playoffs last fall, closed by sharing a few goals that he has set for his senior season.

"My goal is to get back to state and win it. I don't want to get too cocky or anything. I just want to stay myself and let everything happen."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this elite Palmetto State prospect.

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