- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
Tall cornerbacks can be tough to find.
So, when Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd coach Hardy Nickerson watches 6-foot-2 senior Kevin King lock up big receivers in man-to-man coverage, he sees something special.
“You look at any big corner in the NFL and he has the potential to be that kind of player,” said Nickerson, who played 16 seasons in the NFL. “He’s got great feet, great hips. He’s got outstanding closing speed and his ball skills are off the charts.”
King, who committed to Washington on Sunday, has a knack for making plays, recording 41 tackles and picking off six passes as a junior. The three-star recruit participated in The Opening at the Nike World Headquarters in July and watched his stock rise all summer.
“A few years from now we might be reading about him being one of the top guys in the country,” Nickerson said.
King is already taller than any of the cornerbacks on the Huskies’ roster and, considering he weighs 172 pounds, has room to fill out his frame.
“I see an extremely talented young man,” Nickerson said. “He’s got extraordinary size for the cornerback position and he’s a great player. It’s rare you find a kid at 6-2 that has great feet, great hips, long levers and is a great athlete.”
With programs loading up on big, physical receivers it only makes sense that coaches have started to try to uncover long, athletic corners. Because players with King’s size and athleticism are rare, “When you find them, you’ve got to take them in,” Nickerson said.