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Rivals250 DB Jaylon King commits to Georgia Tech

Jaylon King
Jaylon King

Georgia Tech added a huge piece to its 2018 recruiting class with the addition of Rivals250 Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth defensive back Jaylon King on Thursday.

"After talking with me and my family we decided that it was the best fit for me academically and football-wise," King said. "It's far enough from home that I feel like I'm going away to college but it's also close enough that I can still see my family whenever I want."


King, whose academic resume is as impressive as his football resume, was picking up new interest from Stanford, California, Notre Dame and others, but a recent visit to Georgia Tech helped seal the deal for the Jackets.

"They are re-doing their facilities and they are really improving things there," King said. "When I was there I got to visit the city as well and I just really liked the whole vibe. I really enjoyed it and I have opportunities to play football and do things outside of football that I might not be able to do some place else."

Despite a future at defensive back, King has spent the better part of his high school career playing quarterback for Nashville powerhouse program Ensworth. He said the chance to play his natural position of corner at Georgia Tech is very appealing and if all goes well he can work his way onto the field early.

"They have a lot of seniors at defensive back that are graduating this year," King said. "Hopefully if I do what I'm supposed to do I can work my way into a position to play. They like me at corner and they said if I get bigger maybe I'll play safety. It all depends on how I fit their system."

King hopes to become an architectural engineer and said during his last visit the Georgia Tech academic staff helped lay out a a path to reach that goal and that was a major factor in his decision to pick the school.

"I plan on studying civil engineering when I get there to get my bachelors," King said. "They have a good plan in place for me to get to where I want to be."

King will be the third four-star from the Nashville area to head south to Georgia Tech over the past two classes, joining Class of 2017 four-stars Kaleb Oliver and Gentry Bonds.

"Their main message to me is that it's like a family down there and they treat you well," King said. "They pay attention to what you need and they really tell you the truth and are honest about what you need to do to be successful."

King is commitment No. 10 for Georgia Tech in the Class of 2018 and is now the highest-ranked player on the Yellow Jackets commitment list.