King, out of Moultrie, Ga., was offered by the Cougs several weeks ago with WSU assistant Jim Mastro running the recruiting point. King said both Wazzu and WVU like him as a slot receiver and return man but because he's such a fleet, dynamic player when in open space, "I’d also be in the backfield sometimes.”
He checks in at 5-8, 175-pounds, and that seems to have scared some colleges away -- but not Mike Leach nor one of his Air Raid protégés (Dana Holgorsen at WVU.)
"I like how (West Virginia wants) to use me and use me speed... It’s the same deal with Washington State, I like how they’re (on the rise) and (it's) slot receiver and return man, and in the backfield a little too," said King.
King holds offers from WSU, WVU, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, South Florida and others. Exceedingly polite, he prefaced nearly every answer with a "yes, sir" when we talked to him. He wasn't nearly as accommodating on the gridiron at Colquitt County High.
During his senior season, King set both the all-time career and single-season rushing records at Colquitt, racking up 2,090 ground hashes on 279 carries. He posted 39 career TDs, also a new school record (his brother Tevin previously held the single-season and TD marks.) And by the way, King led Colquitt to a 15-0 mark and the state 6A title.
King caught 32 passes this season for 236 yards and three TDs, in addition to all the ground yards. He was named All-Region and All-State.
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King also said distance could be a factor when it's all said and done. Moultrie is closer to Tallahassee, Fla. (60 miles) than it is to Atlanta (200 miles), which is to say neither WSU or West Virginia can be considered "close." But WVU is closer. At the same time, West Virginia's offensive coordinator is leaving to take the same job at Kentucky and Holgorsen has said he might not hire his replacement for a while. The WVU athletic director is also leaving to take a job with the NCAA.
King rushed for 1,439 yards and 17 scores on 270 carries as a junior.
NOTABLE NOTE: Colquitt and King this season finished No. 5 in the USA Today Super High School 25. Colquitt broke through and took home the 6A trophy this year after losing in the semifinals the previous four straight seasons, and in the title game in 2010.