July 30, 2010

Florida wide receiver looking at Purdue, others

Florida wide receiver AJ King is looking for a little piece of home, no matter where he finds it.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder from Seffner, Fla., recently unofficially visited Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss, with an offer coming from the Rebels. The latest brought his offer list to eight, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia and Purdue, among others.

A couple months ago, King came north, taking trips to West Lafayette and South Bend, to visit the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish.

"It was awesome," he said of his trip to Purdue. "Just to meet with the coaches and know they're from the (Florida) area also. The campus is nice, you didn't have to go too far to see your classes. At Purdue, it felt more at home. It was a nice campus, beautiful, and I love the coaches there and the players there also."

At Purdue, King visited with Coach Danny Hope, and receivers coach Brian Rock, along with several players including Florida native Robert Marve. King says he'd be willing to play somewhere north, because he's looking more for a feel than a location.

"It's an opportunity that I might come north," he said. "Everything is home-oriented (at Purdue) and it was nice to meet with the coaches and see what they have to offer. What they tell you is the truth; they're not lying."

King, though, isn't close to a decision. He says he's waiting 'til close to the end of his senior season at Armwood High School to make a choice, wanting first to take his official visits. One of them, at least as of now, will be to Purdue.

A second could be Ole Miss, which King seemed impressed with after his visit.

"The one that stood out the most was Ole Miss," he said, comparing the Rebels to his other recent trips, "not just because they offered me but because they were more family-oriented with their players and their coaching staff was very nice. You can't get what Ole Miss has to offer from any other college."

As a junior, King caught 29 passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns. He says he's a prototypical slot receiver.

"I'm might not be as big as a player as most in the county but I get the job done," he said. "That's how I describe myself."

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