What was once described as a down year for defensive linemen in Texas is now turning into a territory full of rising defensive prospects.
One of those is Houston (Texas) Strake Jesuit defensive end David King who attended the Rivals.com Junior Day in Houston, Texas where he measured in at 6-foot-5, 238 pounds. Working out for football in the off-season along with the shot put for track, King is quickly piling up the recruiting mail and appears very close to his first offer.
"I'm getting stuff from LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Kansas State, Northwestern, and Notre Dame," King said.
Two schools have already emerged as early favorites.
"It's probably Kansas State and LSU," King said. "I like Kansas State because they had a coach come to our school and from what I've learned, it seemed like a good program. I like LSU because it's close to home, but then at the same time, it's not home."
King says that he was planning on possibly attending a junior day at Northwestern this weekend, but due to a transportation issue, he won't be able to make it. He is planning on visiting there in the near future for an unofficial visit. He's also received invites to Texas A&M and Texas Tech's junior days within the last several weeks.
The second-team all-district selection earned those honors while he still missed three games due to a knee injury. King says that despite the injury, he's back at full strength.
"Oh yeah, it's fine now," King said. "I'm back and running and doing everything I was doing."
King describes himself as both a pass rusher and a run-stopping specialist.
"I just like hitting people," he said. "I don't care if I have to do it on the run or the pass. Both are good for that."