King To Anchor GMC D-line in '07

With the class of 2007 now in the books, South Carolina has turned their attention to the class of '08, and the Gamecocks already have a commitment from one of the top JUCO players in the country in Georgia Military (Milledgeville, GA) defensive lineman Jarriel King. Read inside for full story.

South Carolina fans may remember that King, originally out of North Charleston High School in North Charleston, SC, signed with the Gamecocks in the 2005 recruiting class, but after sitting out the fall of 2005 in an effort to try and improve his SAT score, King elected to enroll at Georgia Military College. According to GMC Head Coach Bert Williams, King more than held his own on the Bulldogs' star studded defense as a freshman last season, and they have even higher hopes for him this fall.

"Jarriel came in last spring and has done a great job for us," said Williams. "He started on our defensive line last year as a freshman, and he was right up there production-wise and ability-wise with Jarius (Wynn) and Corvey (Irvin), who ended up going to Georgia. With them gone now, he‘s going to play an even bigger role in our defense this season."

King, who totaled 23 ½ tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 ½ sacks last season, brings a great combination of size and athleticism to the football field, according to Williams.

"He's got a bigger body than (Wynn and Irvin), and he's a little bit taller. He's about 6'6 and 285 (pounds), and he just really runs extremely well," said Williams. "He plays with a really good motor, and he‘s athletic. He‘s really tough to block."

King has remained solidly committed to Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks ever since not qualifying out of high school, and with King planning to arrive at USC in January, Williams believes his defensive standout will have an early impact on South Carolina's defense.

"I think he'll have an immediate impact at South Carolina. I wouldn't be surprised if he steps in and plays or starts immediately," said Williams. "With his body size, his attitude, and his ability, I think he has the potential to be an all-conference type of defensive lineman."

While USC is clearly getting a great player on the gridiron, King is also a great person away from the football field, according to Williams.

"He's a real upbeat young man. He almost always has a smile on his face, and he's easy to talk to. He's the type of kid that is very loquacious," said Williams. "He's energetic, but he's serious about what he's doing when he's out there on the field."

King is South Carolina's first commitment of the 2008 recruiting class, and he will have three years to play two at USC.

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