The Cougs this weekend will play host Oakland's Kevin King, a 6-3, 183-pound corner. He committed to Washington over the summer, but is continuing to keep his options open.
"I'll be arriving to Pullman on Friday afternoon and I'm very excited for it," King said. "This is my first official visit and I'm glad to get up there and see what the WSU program is all about. They've been recruiting me pretty hard throughout the process, so it will be fun to get to know the coaches and players in person."
Tall, athletic cornerbacks are prized in Mike Breske's defense and the Bishop O'Dowd High product certainly fits that bill. He holds 10 offers including West Virginia, Colorado, Utah, Arizona State, Cal and San Diego State in addition to WSU and UW.
King committed to the Huskies on Aug. 20 and will take his official visit to Montlake on Jan. 18. King said his commitment to the Huskies is solid, but he wants to visit WSU and others.
"I just want to reassure myself that I made the right decision," King said. "When I committed to them, I thought it was the best fit for me. The coaches are very welcoming and they've been real honest with me. They have a great defense as well and I like how they use defensive backs in their system.
"It's a strong commitment, but I will take other trips to double check my final decision on Washington. I'll be at WSU this weekend and I also want to try and visit Arizona State and Cal as well. I'm also considering West Virginia. They were the first to offer me and that meant a lot to me. They're still in the mix."
As for Washington State, the Cougs offered the Oakland product in late May and have been recruiting him ever since. King has been in contact with area recruiter Eric Russell.
"He told me they're up and coming and that the team is looking for athletes," King said. "Coach Russell thinks I can come in and compete for a spot right away. Coaches sometimes say a lot of different thinks and you can't really know about playing time until you get to camp, but I'd like to go somewhere and compete for a spot my freshman year."
King's senior stats weren't available at press time but he told CF.C he hauled in three interceptions this season. He bounced back and forth between safety and CB for the Dragons, but the Cougs are recruiting him at corner. With his length and athletic ability, it made life difficult for opposing offenses trying to throw the ball against him and that caught the eye of WSU head man Mike Leach.
"Coach Leach likes that I'm a bigger guy and I play with some toughness," King said. "He likes my 'physical-ness' and the coaches think I can make a difference for a Pac-12 team. We've talked on the phone a few times and we've got a pretty good relationship. He's honest with me and he is a very straight forward guy."
King said that he's looking forward to seeing the college town atmosphere this weekend.
"I'm just trying to see the guys out there and get a feel for the coaches," King said. "Pretty much I'm going in with a lot of football related questions that I want answered. I'm looking forward to checking out the campus and meeting the students as well."
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