Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School athlete Macgarret Kings recently picked up his latest offer from Michigan State.
Kings: "They're a school that I've always wanted to go to in the back of my mind. Michigan State is my number one school."
“Coach (Mark) Staten talked with my coach,” Kings said. “He told my coach that he wanted to offer me. I gave him a call and he offered me as an athlete, but mainly a slot receiver.”
The offer was a big one, and King said the Spartans are now the current leader for his services.
“I was happy,” King said. “I was like, Michigan State, wow! I told my mom and she was happy too, and my whole family was happy. I’m going to be looking into them real deeply. They’re a school that I’ve always wanted to go to in the back of my mind. Michigan State is my number one school.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound prospect had a breakout junior season playing both running back and wide receiver. Kings rushed for 573 yards and 18 touchdowns on 106 carries, while also hauling in 55 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. He also made an impact on special teams with four punt returns and two kick returns for touchdowns.
King says he’s “a possession receiver that every time the ball is thrown my way I’m going to come down with the ball.” He holds additional offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Purdue, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin. King is taking a trip north this July with his high school coach and will visit MSU, Ohio State and Wisconsin. He will also camp at Florida State June 19.
King says every school is still in the running, but talked about what puts MSU ahead at this time.
“Michigan State is number one, Florida State is number two and Boston College is up there too,” Kings said. “All schools are in the running but Michigan State sticks out the most. Their offense fits me well, it’s very balanced. I’ve watched some film on them. I just felt I could fit in there very well. I could play early there and contribute to the team and win another Big Ten championship.”
Kings is taking his time with the recruiting process and plans on taking all five official visits before he makes a decision. Kings also indicated that he could decide earlier if a school feels right.
“I want to take all my official visits to find the right place,” Kings said. “If I find a place that fits me well I’m not going to hesitate to commit. I have to sit down and talk it over with my parents. I just want to take things slow, but once again, I’m not hesitant to commit if I find the right school. When I commit I want to be a man of my word and stick with it.”