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Thursday, August 13, 2015

KU football adds former Miami, Fla., D-Lineman Corey King

Kansas University football recruiting.

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Landing a player at the midway point of preseason camp does not always qualify as a huge lift. But in the case of former Miami, Florida, defensive lineman Corey King, that's exactly what it could be for the Kansas University football team.

The Journal-World learned Thursday afternoon that King, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound D-tackle, has been cleared to join the Jayhawks in time for the start of the 2015 season.

King, a Miami native out of West Boca Raton High, played in nine games as a freshman at UM in 2012, starting one and finishing with 13 tackles. He played in three games and made one tackle during his sophomore season in 2013 and missed all of last season because of injuries. King red-shirted in 2011.

Listed as a senior on the Miami roster, King, a recent graduate, is eligible to play immediately and is expected to have one season of eligibility remaining.

During his senior season at West Boca Raton, when he registered 56 tackles and seven sacks, King, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, was selected to the national team at the Outback Bowl, earned a spot in the annual South Florida high school football all-star game and was named All-Area for Palm Beach County.

His addition brings much needed size and experience to KU's thinnest position. Senior Kapil Fletcher (6-3, 271) and red-shirt freshman Daniel Wise (6-3, 271) have been running with the first-team defense at the D-tackle spots. Though not as tall as either player, King has more bulk than both and also brings some much needed experience from a legitimate school.

“It showed me how to be a man,” King said of his time at Miami in a July interview with the Miami Herald. “You grow up fast, you meet a lot of people. It was a great experience.”

A source with knowledge of the situation said it was unclear whether King would be able to work his way into a starting role right off the bat — because of both the timing of his arrival and KU coach David Beaty's desire to make guys earn everything they get — but added that there was "no doubt" that King would help KU's D-Line immediately.

Comments

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

Nice addition to add depth to a position that desperately needs it. Doesn't sound like he was a great player at Miami so I wouldn't expect him to do much here, but he should be able to take some reps and help with the depth issues on the DLine.

Taylor Wright 4 years, 3 months ago

"A source with knowledge of the situation said it was unclear whether King would be able to work his way into a starting role right off the bat — because of both the timing of his arrival and KU coach David Beaty's desire to make guys earn everything they get"

lol... If he's good, he's gonna play.

Jason Spangler 4 years, 3 months ago

Normally I'm all for the "earn it" message coaches like to send players.

This isn't a normally season...

Greg Ledom 4 years, 3 months ago

JS, the only way he plays is if he earns it. This is one area you can't have a double standard on regardless of situation or you risk losing cred. Stay the course and RCJH!!

Joe Ross 4 years, 3 months ago

Im half way between both of your opinions. Rock Chalk.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

You can't back off a mantra this early in a tenure because it will lose the locker room and undermine Beaty's authority. Even if it's detrimental to the team, Beaty has to set the tone that players have to earn their reps and spit on the depth chart.

You have to lay the foundation before you can build the house and laying a sound foundation for future success is the most important thing for KU football right now. If Beaty makes exceptions now, he will make exceptions the rest of his tenure because that's the foundation he would've layer and he'll be out of KU in 2-3 years just like Gill and Weis.

Joe Ross 4 years, 3 months ago

Trust me, I get that side of it. But we are so thin and inexperienced that my thinking is that a four-year player coming from a solid program has "earned it" by virtue of his experience alone, perhaps. This isnt a knee-jerk reaction because I think we arent good. Any time we can get a player to model for newbies how to play, my feeling is that as long as his character is not in question then those types of guys go to the front of the line. Kind of similar with the Tarik Black situation on the basketball team. Between the time that he declared he was coming to Kansas and the time that he first dribbled a basketball on the court, Coach was already touting his leadership, and that earned him the starting role over the much more talented Joel Embiid. Experience counts for a lot.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

This guy has in played 12 games in 3 years. He only played in 3 games as a sophomore and that wasn't because of injury. 14 tackles in 12 games doesn't scream he's earned playing time by virtue of having player at Miami. There's a reason he was looking to transfer and it's because he wasn't going play much at Miami. He'll probably be in the rotation here just because of the lack of depth, but expecting him to be anything more than that just isn't realistic given his resume over the past 3 years.

Joe Ross 4 years, 3 months ago

I disagree. Compare his experience with others at his position on the KU roster, then youll get what Im getting at. We have like seven defensive tackles, most freshmen and one sophomore. I think there are only two on the roster who are upperclassmen. So their LACK of experience is noteworthy.

Oh, and by the way...experience in practice at the college level DOES count for something before you dismiss it out of hand. And it might be the case, Im not sure, that even though you talk about the small number of games he's played in, he may have more game experience than all other DTs combined.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 3 months ago

I would swear I heard the radio today say that Jake Heaps was on an NFL roster...so I checked and BOOM! This dude has 9 lives like no other player ever

Greg Ledom 4 years, 3 months ago

Yep, he's with the Jets and now that Gino's jaw is broke is in their top 3 at the moment. A definite flop, but wish him well.

Mark Lindrud 4 years, 3 months ago

If he is at least a rotational guy that gives us quality depth this season when we really need it, then it's a plus. Anything extra is icing on the cake.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 3 months ago

A lot will depend on what kind of shape he's in after sitting out a year with an injury. It is great that he was getting some reps as an underclassman at Miami, it hurts that he had to sit out as an upperclassman; right when he should have been realizing his greatest development.

Micky Baker 4 years, 3 months ago

If nothing else, his presence might allow for some of the younger guys to learn from his experiences as he explains it. I'd expect him to see playing time this fall, but who knows how much of an impact he can have.

The best thing for this defensive line is for the offense to have drives that are at least 8 to 10 plays long even if it only results in a FG every other time. Then the defense can be fresh even with the lack of depth.

Of course, there might be ways that this line can be deceptive but I'm not sure Beaty is going to go beyond the basics just yet. I just want them to give max effort for 4 quarters. Don't give up on any play, which will at worst case improve the conditioning of the players so that they aren't as fatigued.

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