DL Prospect Alan King

He was practically unknown until the Nike Camp, but now he's hearing from some of the Pac-10. But it took <b>Alan King</b> from Sepulveda Monroe to clean his room before he started hearing from UCLA...

A player to watch in the class of 2004 is a prospect from the City Section. Defensive lineman Alan King, 6-3, 240, Sepulveda (Calif.) Monroe, was a visitor at UCLA's practice last week at Cal State Fullerton, and has a lot of interest in the Bruins.

Now he is just hoping to get the attention reciprocated.

"We were wondering why UCLA hadn't sent us much in the mail," King's father, Dennis said. "But a few weeks ago, I told Alan to clean his room, and there was a letter from UCLA from the spring, with the questionnaire in it. We never sent it back, but once we did, there was some interest from them."

A few schools are on his early list, though he is absent of offers. "Washington, Oregon State, Wyoming, California, Fresno State and then UCLA are schools I am interested in, that I am hearing from," said King.

King grew up watching UCLA, and the idea of playing defensive line for a senior-laden squad is intriguing, especially one close to home. "They were who I grew up watching. I watched USC a little too," said King.

A current coach at UCLA has a connection to the Kings through strong ties to the Monroe program. Dennis King said, "We know Coach Bernardi, since he is a Monroe guy (being a Monroe graduate). He has been the one who has recruited Alan."

King was relatively unknown until having a solid performance at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles. At the camp, he did 22 reps on the bench , jumped 26 inches and ran a 4.81 forty. "I think I did pretty good. It was a good camp," said King.

While he currently is a defensive end (ranked #11 in the West), King acknowledges he could grow into a defensive tackle. "I'll play anywhere on the defensive line."

King has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in the fall.


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