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In what’s been a busy month of June on the recruiting trail for Michigan State, the Spartans have landed eight commitments (12 TOTAL FOR THE CLASS), kicked off by a key commitment from New Palestine (IN) 3-star defensive end Kyle King just a couple of weeks ago.
Spartan Nation recently spoke with King about his decision to pick the Spartans, and the 6-foot-4, 248-pound standout said that after taking a visit to East Lansing, he came away knowing that Michigan State was where he wanted to be.
“I left Michigan State the day I went there and took a lot of time just figuring out what I wanted in a school and after visiting Michigan State, I went to my parents and realized that I loved it and why wait? There’s a chance that my spot gets taken up there,” he said. “I fell in love there and I told my parents that I was probably going to commit soon and they were fine with that and they were very excited for me.”
Before picking the Spartans, King fielded offers from Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Indiana, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Purdue, Toledo, Tulane, Western Michigan and a handful of other programs.
When Michigan State began recruiting King, it was even a little bit of a shock to him, but said after spending time with offensive coordinator Dave Burton and defensive line coach Ron Burton, followed by a visit to Michigan State, he came away impressed with Michigan State in more ways than one.
“The first time Michigan State came into my high school, and my high school is pretty small, not many college coaches have been there until this year, and I saw Michigan State in the hallway and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, that’s big time’,” he said. “I met coach Warner and we talked for a little and he told me he wants to get me up for a visit some time and then a couple of months pass and comes back and sees how much bigger I got and brings coach Burton to meet me and he really liked what he saw. My coach told me there was a really good chance of them offering me and I thought that this was a really big opportunity for me, so I talked to my parents and we got there as fast as we could and visited and it ended up paying off for me.”
King, who was told that the Michigan State coaching staff envisions him as a strong side defensive end at the next level, but wouldn’t rule out a potential move to defensive tackle, said that while he feels his first step is a strength of his, he does understand the importance to building a pass rush repertoire as he prepares for the college level.
“I feel like I have a really good first step off the line and I guess I’m a power rusher, you could say,” he said. “Over the next few years, I need to develop a pass rush arsenal and more moves I can develop off of my first engage with the offensive lineman. I think I’m really think I’m going to have to start working on that more often.”
Now that the recruiting process is officially behind him, King told Spartan Nation that even though being courted by Division 1 programs and coaches was fun at times, he’s happy to have it all behind him as he’s headed for East Lansing in the not-too-distant future.
“I was excited to finally get it over with,” he said. “It’s fun talking to a lot of coaches, but when you know that you’re not going to go to that place and you’ve got all of these coaches just texting you, it’s overwhelming. They’re texting your parents and they’re trying to work and stuff and it’s frustrating, but it’s a good frustration to have.”
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