We know we know. Another Byrnes player? Yes the Rebels continue to produce big time talent and it continues in an already deep 2010 class for the Rebels. Already boasting wideouts Nick Jones and Torian Richardson we bring you Jazz King. Jazz is the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
After putting up some big numbers on the JV team last year Jazz King saw some playing time on Friday nights. The young sophomore made the most of his chances and he recalled his biggest moment from this past season for us. "My first start was probably my best game. It was against Spartanburg. I had two catches for fifty two yards and two touchdowns. I called my brother from the locker room before the game to tell him he was like yeah right, its homecoming, Randall is a senior, and the game is on TV. He could tell I was very excited he told me to play my game, catch the ball before I make my move, and if I mess up let it go don't let one play affect the rest of the game. The game started and sure enough I dropped my first pass because my eyes were up the field. I remembered the phone conversation and I told Chas sorry I got you. A couple plays later they went back to me, I laid out and made the touchdown catch and I knew this was what I was waiting for."
King would finish the season with 8 catches for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns on the varsity level. You may be scratching your head wondering why we're featuring the 2010 prospect with so little varsity experience or gaudy numbers. King stands 6'0 and weighs in at 173 pounds. He already has posted a 4.44 second forty yard dash time and continues to improve in many areas. King specified some key areas he's really focusing on this offseason. "I'm working hard on improving my speed. You can never have enough speed. That and getting off of jams at the line of scrimmage."
Still scratching your head and asking why? Well you see the Nike SPARQ training mobile unit came to Byrnes a few weeks ago and put some of the Rebels through their rigorous testing regime to see just where they stack up against some of the elite teams and players across the nation. Jazz King came in second on the team only behind RB Marcus Lattimore who projects to be one of the nation's top prospects in the 2010 class. King's score though was significant in that he posted the highest score by a wide receiver since last year regardless of class. With those kinds of measurables and potential it's easy to see why many believe King will be a major contributor to the potent Byrnes offense this coming season.
We asked Jazz what he felt were the strengths of his repertoire at this point in time and he replied, "Because I am a extremely hard worker, I run good routes, and my speed."
Despite what many may say are meager statistics that hasn't stopped a number of D1 schools from already making sure that King is well aware of their interest in him. "I'm hearing from Georgia, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Oklahoma so far." King says he doesn't have a favorite with it being so early in his recruitment but one school seems to be pressing harder than the others. "Right now I'm looking at everybody and researching the schools and their programs. Georgia though seems to be the most interested."
The Rebels have scheduled what may be one of the toughest schedules ever in state history with a number of big name out of state opponents. Jazz had this to say about those potential battles, "Yeah I'm excited. We're facing Lincoln High (FL) (its in Tallahassee), Pahokee (FL)(were Anquan Boldin went), and North Gwinnett (GA). It is always fun to compete to see how our team matches up." Asked what it would take for the Rebels to come away with another undefeated season and state championship he said, "We have to pay attention to detail, be prepared because we always get other teams best shot and just believe in ourselves."
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Inside The Numbers...Jazz King
Bench press: 220 pounds
Squat: 380 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.44 seconds
Power clean: 240 pounds
GPA: 3.895 overall (3.0 core) ranked 66th out of 536
A Closer Look At...Jazz King
Players he admires: I like both Arizona Cardinals wide receivers Anquan Boldin (FSU fan) and Larry Fitzgerald (My teammates say we look alike) I think both receivers just play.
Toughest cornerback he's faced: It would have to be a tie between, Charles Whitlock and my teammate Cartier Rice.
Toughest team: Centerville High from Ohio
Something people would be surprised to know: I played the drums. I even made the paper when I attended a summer camp at the Fine Arts center.