- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
After an outstanding off-season, cornerback Kevin King (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) has seen his recruitment take off.
Things really picked up for the 6-foot-2, 176-pound King after an MVP performance at the NorCal Nike Camp. He earned an invite to Nike's The Opening based on his standout showing.
King impressed coaches and onlookers alike with his size, range and athleticism at The Opening. A growing number of college programs have taken notice of King as well.
"I now have offers from West Virginia, Washington, Washington State, San Diego State, Utah, Colorado, Arizona State, UNLV and Cal," King said. "West Virginia was the first to offer me. I was shocked. It came out of nowhere really. For a program as good as them to offer me from across the country, meant a lot."
King has only visited Cal so far but he is working on setting official visits to four of the schools from his offer list. He is awaiting word from the Oregon Ducks to see if they are going to issue him an offer. If they do, they will become an immediate player for his services.
"I really like Oregon. I like what they do and how they play the game. Nick Alioti is my recruiter and he runs a fun defense. They really like my size and my versatility," King said. "I'm working to get in touch with Coach [John] Neal. I have a great relationship with Coach [Nick] Aliotti but I want to see what Coach Neal is all about. If they want me to visit, they will definitely get me up there for a game."
King is a ball hawking defender on the field with surprising feet and quickness for someone his size. His talent will allow him to fit in nearly any defensive system.
Off the field, King will be looking closely at the academics his potential suitors offer as one of the primary factors that could determine where he winds up.
"Academics are the first thing for me. I want to go somewhere that offers strong support for their student-athletes. I want to have a great relationship with the coaches, especially my position coach," King said. "Location isn't a huge deal but I want to go somewhere that I fit in off the field as well. West Virginia is far away but if I visit there and it feels right, then I could commit there just as easy as I could if Cal felt like the best fit."
While he has no favorites, King feels a sense of loyalty to West Virginia, as it was the first to offer. Four Pac-12 schools certainly have King's attention at this point. Recent offers from Arizona State and Washington have made an impact on the nation's No. 56 cornerback, the same way an offer from the Ducks would.
"I like them all. They all offer good things that could work for me," King said. "I don't have a top group necessarily but I think my five official visits will be to West Virginia, Cal, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon."