Toledo began showing extreme interest to Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary High School) athlete, DeAmonte King back in February, just after the Class of 2016 signed. The Rockets, unlike several other schools offering King, are recruiting him as a wide receiver rather than a cornerback. King says most schools recruit him to play on the defensive side of the ball but King was lethal on both ends, catching 32 passes for 728 yards and eleven touchdowns as a junior in the fall of 2015 to help St. Vincent-St. Mary to a stellar eleven win season.
King, the five-foot, eleven-inch, 175-pound slot receiver says West Virginia and Toledo have been his top two schools for a while now but an April visit to Morgantown has them slightly ahead of the Rockets.
"The coaches said they need a cornerback that could come in and play right away and they think I could be that guy," King told Bill Greene in an April article on Scout, "This visit really helped put them (West Virginia) in front of Toledo for me."
However, a lot can change in a short amount of time and King says he still really likes Toledo, most notably because of the coaching staff.
"I really like the coaching staff, I have good relationships with both the West Virginia and Toledo staffs but I really like the intensity and excitement of the coaches in Toledo," King added.
"Coach Candle is very interested in me, he always lets me know I'm a main guy in their recruitment and that I can play wide receiver or defensive back if I go there," King added on his talks with the Rocket head man.
This summer will be a busy one for King, who says after track, he will be visiting Rocket country and will be in attendance at The Glass Bowl for a Toledo summer camp on June 19.
King says when looking at schools and deciding if they're a contender, he looks at a school's location, the relationship between coach and player as well as players themselves. Aside from this, the position coach is very important along with the overall success of the football program.
Whichever program lands King's commitment, he says he's always ready to work.
"I'm a competitor, that's one of the biggest things that set me apart, I work hard and never give up plus my speed and athleticism along with my room for improvement."
King admits that he nearly committed to the Mountaineers during his April visit but he says he will take his time with his decision and make a few more visits this summer. Expect a decision from King sometime before high school football season.
Toledo Scout will keep you posted on the latest with the major Toledo target.