Dream comes true for Husky walk-on QB

As a player, Aberdeen (Wa.) QB Mike King has the measurables and stats to be a solid D-1 football recruit. However, he went virtually unknown until his head coach mailed out highlight tapes to 20 schools last winter. Several coaches liked what they saw, but already had their quarterbacks lined up, so now their loss is Washington's gain as he will walk on with the Huskies this summer…

"Mike didn't go to a lot of those specialty camps that you see kids going to nowadays," Aberdeen head coach Ron Clark told Dawgman.com Tuesday evening. "We also are out here in Aberdeen which is practically the end of the world for college coaches, but Mike is a student of the game and he loves to play quarterback.

"He can make all the throws, he can roll out, go with play-action and he's got good feet and a strong arm, so I really think Washington is getting a steal with him."

King was a three-year starter for the Bobcats and set career records for his school with 184 completions, 2,305 yards and 3,110 total yards. As a senior in 2009, the talented signal caller received All-2A Evergreen League First Team honors after completing 75 of 133 passes for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 330 yards and eight more scores.

"When I was a freshman, we were mostly a Wing-T team," King said. "As I grew up in the system, we started to move away from that more and more and we moved more to the spread and that's really what I loved doing.

"I started, basically from the third game of my sophomore year, so I've got a lot of experience out there."

In addition to what he can do as a passer, King is also a solid athlete, posting a 4.65 forty time in what he termed as "really long grass". This spring he's also been coaching the quarterbacks for his school, while he waits to graduate later this week.

King wasn't heavily recruited and had schools like Central Washington, Southern Oregon and Linfield eyeing what he could do, but none stepped forward with an offer.

"Coach Clark made a call to the coaches at Washington and talked to them and they said they'd like to have me, but it would be as a walk-on," King said. "At that point I was set because it had always been my dream to play for the Huskies and, honestly, it was my dream just to go there and I had good enough grades so I thought I might just go there as a student.

"Now it's like a dream come true for me."

King made the trip up to Montlake to take in a few of Washington's spring practices as well as the spring game and got to sit in on a quarterback meeting while he was there.

"I got to see how they run their meetings and it was great," King said. "I got to talk to coach (Doug) Nussmeier a little and he said if I wanted to go there, they had a place for me, so that sorta settled that for me.

"We'll see what happens as far as when I will get up there. I might go up in the summer to work out with the team or I could wait until camp starts. I'm not really sure yet."

Dawgman.com hopes to receive King's highlight tape in the next few weeks, so fans can get a look at him.

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