Vols Aim to Capture King

Greg King of Memphis Melrose is something of a diamond in the rough but he has the athletic aspects to become the crown jewel of an SEC caliber defense.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect is coming off a stellar senior season in which he recorded 130 total tackles with four sacks and four forced fumbles. That's up from 70 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior.

A physical presence with good strength and speed, King bench presses 315, squats 455 and reports a 36-inch vertical. He runs a 4.60 time in the 40 uses that speed to chase down plays from behind. He will need to improve his technique and recognition skills, but he has exciting upside that just needs to be developed.

"I can run sideline-to-sideline and I move well," King told Scout.com when asked to describe his game. "I'm really aggressive and play with momentum. I play hard on every play.

"I have pretty good technique. I think I can do everything at linebacker pretty well, but I really want to improve on pass coverage. I love sticking with the receiver but I need to get better at coverage and reading in the zone."

There's no shortage of schools wanting that chance as the nation's No. 32 ranked strong-side linebacker has offers from Texas Tech, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Marshall, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU among others.

He has yet to name a leader but most feel it's a battle between Texas Tech, Tennessee, Alabama and Miami. He has made an unofficial visit to Alabama and visited Texas Tech last month. He wraps up his visits next weekend at Miami where former Melrose teammate Craig Cooper plays running back.

Tennessee gets its shot this weekend when King joins the largest group of visitors to this point of a roller coaster recruiting campaign are scheduled to be on campus. Alabama was once thought to have the inside track for the three-star prospect's services but now it appears to be Texas Tech, Tennessee and Miami. Proximity to his hometown could play against the Vols since King has mentioned getting further away from Memphis for college.

On the other hand, King's stature as an in-state prospect from a traditionally rich-in-talent program, located in Memphis, which is the hot bed city for both gridiron and hardwood prospects in Tennessee, makes him a high priority for the Vols under Kiffin. As most recall, UT's new head coach declared his intent to defend the Volunteer State from foreign intrusion during his first public appearance after accepting the Tennessee job.

The Vols have become a stronger contender with Kiffin on the case and King has cited the coach's laid back personality, great resume, innovative approach and outstanding staff as the reasons he's intrigued by UT.

Presumably, King's interest will be piqued to meet defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and hear what role the legendary strategist and coach envisions him filling in UT's defensive scheme.

Ultimately, what Tennessee has to offer maybe too good for King to refuse.

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