“It was great. I’m blessed to have that offer and I’m really excited about it,” King said.
Defensive coordinator Van Malone broke the news to the 6-2, 175-pound defensive back on the phone.
“I called the defensive coordinator and he told me about it. He told me that he was excited about me and that he can’t wait to get my up there for a visit. He’s really looking forward to the future.”
King conveyed to Malone his desire to be in a family atmosphere, which he believes SMU has.
“He’s great. I told him that I want to be a big family person and he fit that just right,” King said. “SMU is at the top of the list for me right now.”
The Spring, Tex. native has talked with Malone and defensive backs coach Jess Loepp every other day over Twitter direct message.
“He’s just a real straight forward guy and he told me he wasn’t going to lie to me anytime and he was just going to be straight forward with me,” King said. “He was going to be real with me and I like that.”
Kansas, Toledo, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas have all offered King. Texas Tech is another school that is showing interest in King, who has three schools standing out — with SMU, Kansas and Texas Tech at the top.
“I really enjoyed talking to the recruiters and that’s what is pulling me towards them (SMU) right now,” King said. “If Texas Tech offered, it’d be between Tech and SMU that’d be in a competition together. I don’t mind going out of state, but I want to be close to my mom.”
When King talks with Malone next, the two will plan when King will get up to SMU for a visit this summer. King is looking for Malone’s selling points to be validated.
“That it’s exactly what he said it was and that it’s a big family and everybody’s nice, great campus, great school and everything is great,” King said.
Throughout his recruitment, King is looking for coaches who are upfront and don’t mess around.
“Just to be straight forward with me and be big on family. That’s about it,” King said. “If you have a family team and atmosphere then I’ll look forward to going there.”
King said he plans on making a decision next year sometime because he doesn’t want to jump to a big decision too quickly. The college that lands King will be getting a corner back with a solid combination of size and skill.
“I’m a great man-to-man coverage guy and play well in 1-on-1s. That’s one of the best things I do,” King said. “I’m a great tackler and I have good ball skills, I catch like a receiver and I am fast. Not a lot of corners are as all as me.”
For Klein Oak last year, King tallied five fumble recoveries, one interception and eight tackles for loss.