WSU rises up list of dynamic 3-star prospect

SIHIEM KING out of Moultrie, Ga., takes his official visit this weekend to Washington State. And if the dynamic, three-star prospect ends up signing with Washington State on Feb. 4, it will likely be in large part because of what happened one week ago.

The 5-8, 175-pound King in a recent conversation with CF.C said no fewer than five schools came by either his school or home this past Thursday when the contact period opened back up. But his in-home visit with Cougar area recruiter Jim Mastro ended up being the headline that day.

King earlier had West Virginia on top with Washington State close behind. After Mastro’s in-home, it was a dead heat.

“I’d say Washington State and West Virginia are neck and neck,” says King, though he was quick to add that Wake Forest was also right there in the mix and a member of his top three.

King, a star running back at Colquitt County High, racked up 2,090 yards on 279 carries as a senior in leading his team to the 6A state title, a 15-0 record and the No. 5 ranking in the USA Today Super High School 25. But WSU, West Virginia and others are recruiting him as a slot receiver and return man at the next level, though he may also find his way into the backfield at times.

“It went really well,” King said of his in-home with Mastro. “He told me everything I wanted to know, everything I wanted to hear. I’m really excited about Washington State.”

King had words of praise for all the various coaches recruiting him. But is there one coach with whom he’s forged a particularly strong bond?

“Yes, sir. Coach Mastro,” said King. “He just explains everything so well, he’s just been recruiting me (hard) to Wazzu,” said King.

King took his first official visit to Wake Forest last weekend. After his trip to WSU, he’s scheduled to visit West Virginia on the final weekend before LOI Day.

“(West Virginia is) still telling me how much they love me and how explosive I’d be in the offense they run,” said King.

King said the tipping point for his decision among his top three will likely be found in how well he "fits with the coaches." King said he planned on making his decision “right before Signing Day.”

King caught 32 passes this past season for 236 yards and three TDs in addition to all the ground yards. He was named All-Region and All-State.

With recruiting winding down and the vast majority of Washington State's targets having already tripped to Pullman, King and future Cougar WR Kyle Sweet are the only two known visitors in town this weekend. There has also been some recent talk in cyberspace about receiver Carlos Strickland possibly taking a trip to Pullman but a prep source told CF.C on Thursday afternoon he is not visiting WSU this weekend and that the Cougs aren't in on him.

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