This summer we checked out quite a few 7 on 7 events and one of the best surprising teams that we saw were the Westside Rams. With head coach Scott Earley at the helm that shouldn't be a surprise at all considering all the success he's had during his career over the years. Leading the way for Earley is 2015 quarterback Cal King who transferred from Georgia. We caught up with King to talk about his recruitment and thoughts for his upcoming senior season.
"Last year I played at Mary Persons High School in Georgia. I was in a under center, inside outside zone offense. I threw for 1,756 yards and 15 touchdowns."
King has made quite a strong impression on not only coach Earley but a pair of college coaches here in South Carolina as well. He has a pair of offers already and he talked with us about his recruitment to this point.
"I camped with Charleston Southern on July 19th and received an offer from them. I also have an offer from Presbyterian as well."
We asked King how he felt upon learning that Charleston Southern was offering.
"I was very excited about the offer! I have worked hard for years to play at the division one level and the CSU as well as the Presbyterian offer will provide that opportunity. I want to play college football for men of great character and both coaches show that. These offers are great answers."
The 6'2 195 pound quarterback prospect says he's hearing from most Southern Conference, Big South, and CAA schools. Marshall and Middle Tennessee are also showing early interest and he says that most schools are wanting to see how well he performs early on in the new offense under Earley.
Being the new guy transferring in can be tough often times but that hasn't been the case with King and the Rams. He talked about how things have jelled with his new squad.
"I love all the kids I'm playing with, we have a great team chemistry after only being together for only a short time. I got elected as a captain a few weeks ago."
King talked about what his goals are for Westside and himself on a personal level this year.
"The team is most important to me. Westside hasn't won enough ball games the past few years so we are going to win ball games. I feel very blessed to be able to move into a school and be with a group of kids and turn around that's going to be something like this is going to be. In two month I have been able to grow so much as a quarterback. My personal goals would be to continue to grow and play football at the highest level I can. I'm very thankful for coach Earley and Westside football team for this opportunity."
The signal caller already has a pretty concise idea of what it is he will be considering most when looking at his college choices and he shared them with us.
"I want to play ball at the highest level I can. Excitement on college campuses is good, I like to win, I want to go into a coaching profession so the coaches I play for will have a big impact in my life so I am looking for coaches with great character. I know education is a key thing, I have a close family and they have a big say in the decision too."
The Westside prospect also talked to us about some players he feels his game resembles and likes to watch to learn from.
"I love to watch Drew Brees play because he hits targets and has perfect accuracy. I love to watch all quarterbacks that come through Baylor because they can hit the deep ball and run a lot."
When asked if there are other schools in particular he'd like to hear from soon King had this to say.
"I have had contact from Harvard all the way to Georgia Southern. I am going to enjoy the moment and play ball and can't wait to see what the future holds."
We'll have more updates with Cal King as he's already off to a solid start with his recruitment. If he performs anything like we saw during 7 on 7 play this summer expect his stock to soar even more and offers to soon follow.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...CAL KING
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 415 pounds
Power clean: 270 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.65 seconds
One thing about me that most people would be surprised to know: "That I play a pretty good brand of baseball but football is what I love and want to go to college for."
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