The receiver position was one of the biggest needs for LSU in the Class of 2010 and it will likely be just as sought after in 2011. Les Miles and his staff already look to be in good standing with one of the country’s top wide outs in Nigel King.
Last season, after missing the first five games due to injury, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound ball hawk racked up close to 900 yards receiving including 12 scores. Those numbers were good enough to land the Wakefield High School (N.C.) product seven early offers.
“I have offers from LSU, East Carolina, Maryland, N.C State, Louisville, Colorado, and North Carolina right now,” King informed. “It feels great having so many early offers. When I was down at the U.S Army All-American game, they asked anyone with six or more offers to stand up. When I stood up I realized that it was just me and five other people to stand up out of like 200. It made me feel really good.”
Of the seven offers, King claimed his latest to arrive by way of the Tar Heels, which also happens to be one of his state’s universities.
It was no surprise that North Carolina extended King an offer. However, the real surprise was they were not the first to offer the talented wide out. Instead, LSU was and King said he took notice of that.
“I remember LSU was the first team to offer,” King stated. “My coach had called me into his office and said I had a scholarship offer, but didn’t tell me from who. When I got there I saw it was from LSU and that caught me by surprise because I hadn’t heard from them in a while.”
The offer from LSU grabbed King’s attention so much that he and his family took an unofficial trip to Baton Rouge in November to take in the Tigers’ regular season-ending win over Arkansas.
“I went to the game, met the players and walked around the campus,” noted King. “I liked everything I saw. I love the players down there. I met them the night before the game and I felt like they took me in like I was already a part of the team. I also talked to Russell Shepard while I was there and we’ve gotten pretty close.”
Although King had no complaints regarding his tour through the Bayou State and claims LSU to be in the hunt for his signature, he says he is still far from making a decision.
“I like LSU a lot and that’s the type of offense I’m looking to play in,” King said. “They have a lineup full of quarterbacks and I noticed they got a few good offensive linemen to sign Wednesday too and that’s what I’m looking for in a team. But, I’m just not ready yet.”
While King isn’t ready to make a decision right now he was all set to do so on Dec. 18. However, King spoke with Miles and decided to delay his decision – one that many felt favored LSU – in order to get to know new wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales a little better.
Now, King has a new timeline and a plan of attack for the coming months.
“I’d like to take a few unofficial visits first, go to some summer camps, and get to know some coaches more before I decide,” said King, who notes that LSU is one of the schools he wants to visit again. “I don’t have any favorites right now or anything, but I know I’d like to make my decision by the end of the summer. I want to decide then because I will be graduating early and I plan on enrolling in January.”