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Southern Cal wide receiver Brice Butler recently sent Norcross quarterback Charles King a text message that simply read: “October 24, 2009 in LA.” That, of course, is the date for next year’s USC-Oregon State game. Oregon State, which is the only team to defeat USC this year, is recruiting King, who played last year at Norcross with Butler. Ironically, King was scheduled to make his official visit to Oregon State last month for the upset of then-No. 1 USC, but decided to postpone it at the last minute. King said he spoke with Oregon State recruiting coordinator Gary Beck to reschedule the trip for Nov. 15. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound King has offers from Nevada, Idaho and Western Carolina. He has been invited on official visits to Oregon State, Fresno State and Arizona State, which all appear close to offering
Norcross quarterback Charles King, cousin of former NFL quarterback Shaun King, has postponed his official visit to Oregon State. King was scheduled to fly out on Thursday morning, watch Oregon State play No. 1 Southern Cal later that evening, and then return to Norcross on Friday morning. However, King said his high school coach asked if he could reschedule the trip, especially with Norcross coming off last week’s loss to North Gwinnett. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound King said he is leaning to the Beavers, which have hinted at an offer but want to spend time with him before making a final decision. “They want to do the eye test, and if everything works out, they said they’d offer,” King said. King has offers from Idaho, Nevado-Reno and Western Carolina, along with an official visit scheduled to Arizona State next month. King prefers West Coast schools because he moved to Georgia nearly four years ago from California. His father, who played college football at Fresno State, had a job transfer. “I get a lot of ribbing about how good the SEC or ACC is, but growing up in California I’ve always dreamed about competing in the PAC 10,” King said
Two things stood out for M.L. King linebacker **Joel Kight** on an official visit this past weekend to Boston College. — The Eagles play hard, team-oriented football and he likes that. — He’s not so crazy about the weather. Kight watched Boston College beat Virginia Tech 28-23 Saturday, erasing a 10-0 deficit. “I was impressed with how they played, how they fought back and never gave up,” Kight said Sunday evening. “The campus is really nice, but the weather, it’s cold up there. “I’m not sure what the temperature was [around 50 degrees], but the wind made it even worse.” Overall, Kight has a positive impression of his visit, but his intent is to compare other schools on his offers list, including Ole Miss, which he considers one of the programs he’s leaning toward. He plans an official visit to Ole Miss perhaps in the next month. Kight also has offers from Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Duke, Miami-Ohio, Indiana and Arizona State.
M.L. King linebacker Joel Kight says he’s going to stay open on all scholarship offers until he learns more about the schools. He’s also learning a new position. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Kight has moved to safety to help the Lions (3-1) put the best 11 [defenders] on the field. He says it’s possible that he will play safety in college. “It’s not really hurting me. I think it’s helping me,” said Kight of the position change. “As long as we’re getting wins, it’s fine with me.” The biggest difference in the positions? “You think pass first as a safety,” he said. “Linebackers are always thinking run first.” If Kight had to pick front-runners, he said he’d pick Mississippi, Boston College and Oklahoma State. He also has offers from Connecticut, Duke, Miami-Ohio, Indiana and Arizona State. One requirement in the program he chooses is team effort. “As long as they play hard, I like that because I play hard,” he said. Kight is MLK’s leading tackler. He averages 11 tackles (solos and assists) in four games.