May 15, 2008
King hearing from Michigan State
One of the reasons SpartanMag.c m enjoys going to the NIKE Camps is it affords us an opportunity to see the prospect up close and personal. Often a player will stand out in the drills and then we will find out that they are a player Michigan State University is actively recruiting. That was the case last weekend, with Cory King of Lakeview High school.
SpartanMag.com kept a close eye on the 6-foot-5, 317-pound King in the drills portion and what stood out to us was that he had good footwork and was able to keep good leverage. When King got into a defender he had no choice but to head backwards. King's leg drive was impressive.
We asked King specifically about being recruited by the Spartans.
"Yes, I m being recruited by Michigan State," he said. "Coach Tressel has been by the school and I have also talked with the offensive line coach, Coach Roushar. I have a coach that is helping with my recruitment and he knows Coach Roushar."
King already has several offers on teh table and numerous additional teams are apparently close to pulling the trigger.
"I have offers from Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Ball State so far," King said. "Wisconsin seems like they could be close to offering. I also am hearing from Penn State, Northwestern, West Virginia and Ohio State."
Michigan State is one of several teams that just wants the opportunity to host King at day of camp before the make the decision on whether they are going to extend and offer or not. King talked about his camp camps.
"I have not made final plans," he said. "I know I will go to West Virginia and Ohio State for sure. I also may go out to Wisconsin. I am actually going to visit Ohio State on May 19th."
If King does indeed make the trip out to Wisconsin it is very possible that he and his family will swing into East Lansing and Evanston to check out the Spartans and the Wildcats.
Though he is over 300-pounds, King moves well for his size. Last fall he was a 1st Team All-Conference Selection on both the offensive and defensive lines. In the winter he plays basketball for Lakeview High in order to stay in shape and work on keeping his feet quick.
King has been working hard preparing for the upcoming season. He informed us that he now has a bench press of 325-pound and a squat of 450-pounds.
King indicated that he does not have a strong favorite at this point in time. His family grew up following Pitt and Penn State so there is not any allegiance to one school or the other. The fact that the Panthers offered him first is obviously a positive in the favor, though the chance to play in the Big Ten is also appealing.
SpartanMag.com will be covering the Michigan State summer camp. King is a player we will be keeping an eye out for. If he does stop in East Lansing and spend a session working with Coach Roushar it would not be a surprise if King picks up a Spartan scholarship offer. The staff is being very selective about whom they offer at this point, but we expect King will be one of the top OL prospect in the Big Ten region before all is said and done.
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