Player Profile: Bakersfield DE Aaron King

Players who can be terrors off the edge are coveted by four-year programs and ones that can produce even as they're learning the position are even more popular. Bakersfield DE Aaron King (6-4, 250) is a player ready to make his presence felt this fall. spoke with the playmaking end recently and he talked about what he needs to work on and what schools he's curently hearing from.

"When I was in high school, I played tight end so moving to defensive end was a whole different thing for me," King said recently of his switch from offense to defense. "I struggled early on with my technique because I was just going out there and trying to get by on my athleticism, but after a couple of games I started to sort of get what I needed to do and I think it turned out well."

It certainly did.

King finished the season with 52 tackles (36 solo) and 10 sacks and was a constant thorn in the side of the offenses that the Bakersfield defense faced every week.

"I took pride in it when they started to send guys to chip me or double me," King said. "It can be frustrating, but that's why this summer I really need to get my technique down and use my hands better.

"I really struggled with the cut and chop blocks. But as I learn the offensive systems and where the blocks are going to come from, it's something I can keep an eye out for and it won't effect me as much as it did last year."

King said his goal this season is to garner more sacks and to be better against the run.

"I had 10 sacks this year and I'd like to get better than 17 next year," King said confidently. "I also want to get even stronger than I already am and that will just be in the weight room and putting in the time."

King sports an impressive 340-pound bench press to go with a 4.75 forty time and a 35-inch vertical.

"I think I'm more athletic than a lot of guys my size so that helps me out a lot," King said. "But I know that I have to get more knowledge about my position before I can be as good as I think I can be."

As a prep at Houtson's Elsik High School, King was a prized-recruit, offered by both Texas A&M as well as UTEP. He was also heavily recruited by New Mexico, New Mexico State and Texas Tech.

When he didn't receive a qualifying score to enroll at A&M, he chose UTEP, but he didn't remain there very long.

"I flunked out of UTEP so I was kind of stuck," King admitted. "The coaches at UTEP were really helpful to me and said Bakersfield was a good program and they would give me the help I needed academically to stay eligible. Now I'm ok grade-wise for a first time and I'm way more confident in that area than I've ever been."

Now, King has again become a popular player and he said he'd like to head back to the southwest or stay close to California if the chance arises.

"Ole Miss, Kansas State and Iowa are the schools sending me stuff right now," King said. "No one has really called just yet, but I'm patient. I can wait.

"I'd like to move closer to my family back in Houston or maybe stay out here in Cali because I have family here too.

"Mostly I want a school with a good academic program to help me stay straight there and I just want an opportunity to play. That's about it."

King will have two to play two wherever he ends up and he said he expects to graduate in May of 2008.

We'll have more from King as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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