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King, a 6-0, 170-pound athlete out of vaunted St. Vincent-St. Mary's High in Akron, Ohio, tracks the ball well and can snare passes in traffic, as he showcased at the receiver and corner position in high school. King high points the ball effectively, and can mirror and respond to cuts from opposing wideouts adequately. With a long, lanky frame, King is a long-strider in the open field, which is a positive and negative. He possesses the speed to stay with Big 12 level receivers, but doesn't always have his body well-balanced, and might not be able to quickly respond to double moves.
He does secure the ball well, and he has enough of a base at wideout that he might be able to see playing time there, though most colleges see him on the defensive side. King has soft hands, and a great relationship with placing his body between opposing players and where the ball will end up. He sees it over the should and through opponents' arms well, and has the hand strength to latch onto the pigskin and hang on to it. He also served as a kick returner, though his style of play and physical talent doesn't project as well there at the next level. On defense, King reads quarterbacks well, and understands their intentions. Because of this, he gets solid breaks on the ball, and can often beat wideouts to the spot.
King is the second cornerback to verbal to the Mountaineers for the 2027 class, joining Lackawanna Junior College prospect Alex Woods (6-2, 185 lbs.), a Scout.com three-star player.
King has the height and length, but his strength and weight are an issue entering. He will need some time in a weight room, and with some agility training, to get better body balance and ability to change direction at the corner position. It wasn't a glaring issue at high school, even within the talented state of Ohio, but the difference in elevating to a Big 12 skill set can be challenging. King is a solid tackler, and explodes through contact well, but his longer frame again doesn't allow him to play with as low a center of gravity as one would like. he also takes chances at times, and lets other wideouts go up for the ball before breaking up the pass, as opposed to attacking the ball in the air to prevent any possibility of the reception.
This is another solid addition to the 2017 class, and keeps the ball rolling for the Mountaineers after a slow start. King isn't a top shelf prospect, but per typical WVU style, if he gets in the program and works, there's the skills and body size, along with athletic ability, to be a contributor. The commitment is the eighth to the class for West Virginia, and begins to build depth at the corner position in a depleted secondary which will rely on multiple junior college transfers this season. If King can play with his feet under him a bit more, and develop better change of direction and ability to flip the hips, his height and length, combined with already existent ball skills, will allow him to contribute.