Kevin King is one of the region’s top cover corners and has had a very good spring/summer. He opened a lot of eyes at the NorCal NIKE Camp where he earned DB MVP honors and was invited to The Opening a week later.
California always seemed like the team to beat for King as they were one of his first offers, he had visited the Berkeley campus several times and his high school coach, Hardy Nickerson, played at Cal and his son, Hardy Jr. just signed with the Bears last February.
“I just felt like Washington was the best overall fit for me,” King said. “I was real excited when they offered me and I had a real good relationship with Coach Heyward, the DB coach there. I liked the coaches at Cal a lot too but I really felt comfortable with the staff at UW.
“Washington has a lot of junior and senior cornerbacks on the roster and they haven’t taken any corners yet this year. The opportunity to come in and play right away is appealing to me and I think I’ll have that chance at Washington better than at some other places on my list.”
The Huskies just offered King a few weeks ago and the athlete actually committed to Washington sight unseen.
“I plan to take an official visit there for sure,” King said. “I’m excited to get there and see the school up close for myself. Cal is the only school I’ve ever seen and I’ve heard so many great things about Washington and especially the new facilities they’re building.
“I know it’s a beautiful place and the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was better for me to commit before the season and get it over with. I think if you know that’s the right place, why wait. Recruiting was getting stressful and I definitely feel a huge weight off my back now that I’ve made my decision. Now I can focus on my team and my school work and just having a great season.”
As for what he’ll be working on, King knows he’ll need to add some size before he’s ready to hit the field.
“I know everyone brings that up but it won’t be a problem,” King said. “I’ve gained about 10-15 pounds every year for the last three of four years. I’m about 6-2.5, 175 right now. I think by the time I get to Washington, I’ll be around 190 and I’ll be comfortable playing at 200 or 205 by my sophomore season. Trust me, weight won’t be a problem, I’m strong and physical and I’ll be ready to go.”