Decision Made?

Wide receiver is a critical position this cycle for the 'Cats, and with one commit already in the fold, the coaching staff is very close to getting a second. We have the exclusive update.

More than any recent recruiting cycle under Head Coach Dennis Franchione, the staff is really mining away and identifying juco talent. Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Mike Schultz recruits the west coast for Texas State and it's been his recruitment of wide receiver Elijah King that could lead to the next commit for the '16 class.

"I talked to Coach Schultz and Johnson, they liked my speed, the ability to beat man press. The ability to move me around, take a hand off and go deep. They like my ability to make plays," said King.

Elijah is a 6'2" 179lb wideout that can be used in a multitude of ways. On end arounds, in the slot, or as a split end. With good size, he also reports sub 4.5 time, clocking a 4.48 40 yard dash and a 3.89 20yd shuttle. He's got good enough speed to take off down the field on a fly route, stretch the defense and then use his size to make a play.

Originally, King is from West Virginia, where he attended his first three years of high school before transferring to the state of Kentucky for his senior season. Out of high school he was given a chance to make the Eastern Kentucky program as a preferred walk-on, but decided he wanted to go out on his own, and went out west to play juco ball. As a result, he's on track to be a December grad and will have two years left to play.

Another Sun Belt school stands as his other offer at the moment, Georgia State. Utah State and San Diego State are also showing strong interest in the Santa Barbara JC WR, but after talking with Coach Schultz one more time, he's very close to a decision.

"I sort of committed to him (Coach Schultz) today. He said he, Coach Johnson, and Coach Franchione will all be talking to me to make it official," said King.

Elijah has never been to campus, so we asked him what is it that he really likes about the Texas State program, and so much that he's already thinking about a decision.

"It's really like a good relationship since I've been talking to them. I think i can do pretty well in the Sun Belt Conference and they told me that they can move me around, get a lot of man on man coverage," said King. "I'm going on an official visit, setting it up, so we can make it happen, I'm looking at the ULM game."

This past season he finished with 54 catches for 637 yards, and 7 TD's, earning 1st Team All Conference honors.

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