Greg King, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound three-star strongside linebacker from Melrose High School in Memphis, Tenn., didn’t take his previously scheduled official visit to Miami on Jan. 23 because the ‘Canes stopped recruiting him.
“I tried calling them to see what the plan was and they never called me back,” he said. “Miami just kind of stopped recruiting me so I said forget it.
Instead, King will be visiting Auburn on Jan. 30. The Tigers just recently jumped aboard the King bandwagon. “(Assistant head coach) Trooper Taylor was recruiting me when he was at Oklahoma State and he also coached at Tennessee,” King said. “I like him a lot. He’s a real pumped up guy and very intense.
“Also (new Tiger head coach) Gene Chizik is a very defense focused guy,” King said. “He says that his goal is to get the Auburn defense back on top.
“I’m really excited about the visit to Auburn,” he said. “I want to see how the environment is and get to know the people and see if I could see myself there for three to four years.”
King, ranked as the No. 30 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, has already taken an official visit to Texas Tech on Dec. 19 and Tennessee on Jan. 16.
“The trip to Tennessee was real good,” he said. “I like the people a lot. They really made a big impression on me. They are real cool and I felt safe around them.”
King points to the coaching staff at Tennessee specifically. “I think they’ve got one of the best coaching staffs in the world,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of NFL guys and from top to bottom the guys are the best.”
He especially has good things to say about Vols head man Lane Kiffin. “He’s real young so he can relate. He’s up-to-date on stuff and it’s just fun to conversate with him.”
King says he was also very impressed by the facilities at Tennessee. “The whole stadium and facilities are great,” he said. “You can just tell everyone loves Tennessee over there. They really take care of you and have some amazing fans.”
He says he’ll make his decision after he returns from his Auburn trip next weekend.
Another program that was on King’s top five list that lost interest was Alabama. “(Defensive coordinator) Kevin Steele was recruiting me but he’s now at Clemson,” King said. “I haven’t heard from them in a while.”
King says he has around 15 total scholarship offers.
King wants to major in computer engineering or something math-related. He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 13 ACT, which he’s retaking on Feb. 7.