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.