Seldom do the Badgers, and other schools for that matter, get players that want to travel great distances to camp with the school after already earning their scholarship offer. Then again, there aren't many workout junkies like University (Fla.) School running back MacGarrett Kings.
"I want to get up to Wisconsin to see how it is, so I might as well go when I can do some work with the coaches," Kings told Badger Nation. "I've been hitting the weight room hard, hitting the weights and getting my all-around game better for next season."
Kings – a three-star running back that is No.44 in the country by Scout.com – has been on a mission to develop as a player, especially since most of the schools recruiting him like his abilities so much that schools are recruiting him as a college slot receiver, including Wisconsin. Being recruited by co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge, Kings has been told good things about the Badgers not only by Partridge, but by former teammate and UW commit Devin Gaulden.
"Coach Charlie Partridge is a good man and he shows me love when he comes down to watch me practice," Kings said. "He is a good person and with Devin going up there this fall, they both tell me that they want me to come visit. Devin wants me to come up there with him, but I've got to go see it for myself. He does tell me it's a wonderful place. I am hoping Devin shows me around."
Partridge was one of the many coaches that went down to Fort Lauderdale during the spring, getting a chance to see Kings practice during the school's spring football session, a period of time that Kings felt was extremely positive for him and his team.
"Spring football went real good for us as a whole and as a unit," Kings said. "We had some new players come in that are going to have an impact this upcoming season, so we took it slow and one day at a time as a team. For me, I grew stronger mentally. As me coming in as a senior, younger players are dependent on me to be a leader."
Another senior leader on Kings' team is quarterback Gunnar Holcombe. Holcombe holds offers from Rutgers, UCF and Wisconsin after he threw for 1,359 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in a predominately running offense his sophomore season, his first season as a starting quarterback, and sat out last season due to a stomach virus.
"Gunnar is a good quarterback and he just has to get his feet wet a little bit," Kings said. "I played with him his sophomore year, so I know what he can do on the field. He's going to be a good player for us."
If Holcombe hands the ball off to Kings, University School has a good chance to succeed. Last season, Kings ran for over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games, helping lead his school to the state championship game. It's one of the reasons so many coaches came through, so they could get a closer look at the 5-foot-10 and 180-pound speedster.
"A lot of coaches came through to take a look at me and I just tried to do what I do best, put my athleticism on display for them," Kings said. "I got a lot of calls from different coaches."
Kings holds offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Florida State, Louisville, South Florida, UCF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin to name a few. Kings also has been getting interest from Miami, his favorite school growing up, but the Hurricanes are looking at him possibly for the running back position.
"I don't have a top, but Florida State is on my radar," Kings said. "I talk with the coaches almost every day, and I guess it's my favorite school right now, but I just want to go through the recruiting process, take it slow and find a place that is going to fit me well for the next four years."
In addition to Wisconsin, Kings plans on camping at Florida State and Ohio State, and taking his time with his decision.
"I want to make sure where I go fits me well and when I commit, I want to be a man of my word and stick to that school," Kings said. "I don't want to commit and de-commit like some of these other cats do. When I commit, that's the school I want to go to, so I want to take my time."