April 24, 2007

Top three for King

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ATHENS, GA - The premiere wide receiver at Saturday's Nike Camp at the University of Georgia was Tavarres King. The Rivals100 member out of Mt. Airy (GA) Habersham Central could wind up playing his college ball on the same fields he practiced on during that day.

"A lot of people from my school go to (Georgia) or to Gainesville State in Athens," King told Tigerillustrated.com. "Its just a great place. It really is a great place. It's the environment. I love Saturday nights in Sanford Stadium. Its awesome."

He could also make it a family legacy and shine for Clemson. King's father Anthony King played for the Tigers from 1974-78, and has remained a friend of former teammate Ron West, the recruiter of record and Clemson's outside linebackers' coach, who in his collegiate career was an offensive lineman for the Orange & White.

"Coach West wants to me come up and look at the architecture school up there," the blue-chip recruit mentioned. "We are planning to do that soon. Take a day out of school (and do that). We get some days out of school to visits colleges, so I can take a day to go up there and look and see what's going on."

Or the 6-foot-1, 165-pound standout could wind up elsewhere? What's the latest on dynamic pass catcher?

"Georgia 1, Clemson 2, Florida 3," he listed. "Commitment, let's see. I really like Georgia so it might be soon. It could be right before school starts so I can get that out of the way so I can focus on Raider football."

Any trips approaching?

"Not many visits, I don't think," the rising senior detailed. "We have spring training coming up so I'm going to focus on Raider football coming up with it being my senior year. I'm working on getting a ring on my finger you know. Raider football is what I'm going to be working on. Come summer time I'll take some unofficial visits. Maybe, I want to go visit some schools and see what's going down there. That'll probably take place this summer."

He's planning to take his official visits in the fall. The touted recruit shined in last weekend's action, but realizes he has some work to do.

"We learned a lot - how to skim inside when I'm running a slant; how to separate myself from the DB," the Peach State product noted. "I think I need to work on catching a little. I dropped a few balls. I caught a couple as well - but catching definitely (needs some work)."

As a junior, King had 42 receptions for 778 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had two punt returns for touchdowns (long was 82 yards) and he returned a kick-off for a score that spanned 92 yards.

He added 159 yards on 11 carries and two scores on the ground. As a sophomore, he recorded 40 catches for 667 yards.

The wide receiver boasts a 4.0 GPA, bench presses 220 pounds, squats 300 pounds and ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at a combine at Georgia Tech a year ago.

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