Former West Virginia Commit DeAmonte King Pledges to Toledo

DeAmonte King was atop the Toledo list of targets over the summer prior to his verbal commitment to West Virginia. Now, after a recent decommitment, the Rockets have landed King's services after all. We caught up with him.

In the early summer, Jason Candle and the Toledo Rockets were putting a 'full-court press' on DeAmonte King, hoping he would chose to become a Rocket. Instead, in June, King chose West Virginia over the Rockets. However, in a recent change of events, the Mountaineer coaching staff reportedly told King about their intentions to grey-shirt the Akron product, leading him to decommit just weeks ago.

Fast forward to January, King scheduled an official visit to Northwest Ohio and fell in love with the Glass City. During the visit on the weekend of January 20, he gave the Rockets his verbal commitment.

"I felt it was the best fit for me," King told us on his decision to commit. "I really like the coaches, I can tell they're going to help me become the best player I can be and reach my full potential."

During the visit, King had extensive talks with Toledo head coach Jason Candle, which had a big impact on his decision.

"He was just telling me that he wants me and feels I can have an impact on the team. He knows I haven't reached my full potential yet," he told us on talking with Candle.

The five-eleven, 175-pound athlete is unsure of his future position at Toledo, but the playmaker knows he can fit in no matter where he plays.

"We don't know what I'll play yet, he (Candle) told me it's up to me so I have some thinking to do. My greatest strengths are my speed, athleticism, the way I think, aggressiveness, and the passion I play with."

Former two-star recruit and current Rocket defensive back, Josh Teachey was the player host for King during his visit and had a lot of good to say about the program and the opportunity.

"Josh likes it and he told me they give you an opportunity to play as a true-freshman, everybody gets a chance."

The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary athlete was accompanied by his mother and father on the Toledo visit and is ready to get to work in the Glass City. King joins Alabama linebacker, Tadarrius Patterson as the two commitments from a big recruiting weekend for the Rockets. Toledo's 2017 class currently ranks No. 1 overall in the Mid-American Conference and we expect it to stay there. We'll keep you posted on the latest.

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