Kevin King sets visit date

Kevin King hadn't committed to Washington until August, but the 6-foot-3, 170-pound defensive back prospect from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif. already knew all about the Huskies' program through another cornerback that came from similar circumstances to ultimately choose Washington as his college home.

"Marcus Peters is from Oakland," King told this week. "He plays corner and my brother (current UC Davis WR T.J. King) knows him. He's my brother's year. He kind of has a similar story as me; we went to the Nike Football camp and got MVP's there. That's where we really made a name for ourselves. I don't really know him personally, but I know he's a guy from Oakland and my brother knows him and I saw him play when I was a freshman and sophomore."

King also found a friend in a UW commit during his stay at the Nike World Headquarters when he attended The Opening this past summer. His name? Demorea Stringfellow.

"I know a recruit - Demorea Stringfellow," King said. "We hung out a lot at The Opening. We were pretty cool out there. He was telling me a lot about Washington and stuff."

Did the friendship he struck up with Stringfellow help King ultimately pick UW? "It definitely was a plus that someone was going to be there that I knew I was cool with," he said.

The Opening proved to be a very interesting proving ground for King. "On our team we had a pretty good secondary; it was me and Jalen Ramsey and Leon McQuay at safety," said King. "That was a real good secondary. It felt good playing with them."

Ramsey is currently committed to USC but recently took an official visit to Washington. McQuay is another defensive back looking hard at USC. If he committed to the Trojans, would that push Ramsey closer to UW? King isn't sure.

"I have his number but I haven't gotten a chance to really hit him up," King said of Ramsey. "I see him on Twitter a lot. He'll re-tweet me and vise-versa, but not too much contact outside of that."

In fact according to King, he's trying to do his part to sway some of the top talent that he met up with during his time at The Opening.

"I talk to a lot of guys, a lot of guys that I saw at the Opening - four and five-star players that still haven't picked a school yet," he said. "I joked around with them…come to Washington. I don't know how much they listened, but we always joked around about all the schools.

"Sometimes they thought I was joking, but Washington is definitely a school that anybody would be interested in. A lot of them have offers from Washington and are still getting heavily recruited, so it's still something that could be a possibility there."

When it came to King's senior season, a concussion derailed him for a game or two but it was the lack of attention from opposing offenses that caused him greater headaches. "About the fourth or fifth game of the season I moved over to safety because I wasn't getting any action at corner," he said. "So playing safety I got some picks and made a bunch of tackles so that was something good for our team."

And while King has essentially shut down the recruiting process, he's still talking to colleges and hosting them during in-home visits, including Justin Wilcox and Keith Heyward from Washington. "I'm still 100 percent to Washington," he said. "That's the school I'm going to. I'm still being actively recruited; Washington State, Cal, Arizona State - but I'm still going to Washington.

"I've had in-home visits with Washington and Washington State. My parents have had a chance to meet the coaches and they've been talking to me a lot. It gave my parents a chance to get a feel for the Washington coaches and all these other coaches that like me. I haven't set up any officials beside Washington. I'm going there on the 18th of January, that weekend."

King said the coaches still feel as strong about him as he does the Huskies. "They definitely seem excited about me still," he said. "I'm not sure whether I'll go in and play corner or safety; it all depends on how I do, how I adjust to the college level."

Does he care where he plays in college? "I've played corner all my life, so that's something I'm comfortable at," King said. "But that's not really my decision."

When talked turned to King's upcoming January visit to Seattle, he shared some details. "Me and family - my Mom and my Dad - will go up there," he said. "I think I have a lot of the football questions answered, so I think when I go up there I'll be looking at the area, the guys I'll be playing with and spending a lot of time with…just make sure it's a place I could see myself living the next four to five years. Or three." (laughs)

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