Galatian King (pronounced ga-LAY-shun) is a 3 star defensive lineman from Georgia that is beginning to pop on the radar of some of the top programs in the south. In March King took the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine by storm, showing great athleticism and awesome strength for a kid his size. Busting out a 4.9 40 helped him cap off a performance that landed him on the All-Combine team. With no official offers in hand at this time King has continued to make the rounds, going to combines and camps with the hope of getting more exposure as he heads into his senior season.
"Recruiting has been going pretty good for me even though I don't have any official offers yet. I think some schools were initially concerned about my classes. I wasn't taking the right ones so I had to get on schedule. That's been taken care of. Schools like Florida State, Auburn, Clemson, Memphis and Western Kentucky have been in contact with me. Mostly it's been schools in the south so far."
It is a common theme for talented prospects like Galatian that schools are inviting him to participate in their camps in order to get a closer look at how they play. Recently he went to the Clemson camp and had a good time. He says Florida State also has been in contact with him about attending their camp next month.
"The Clemson camp was good. I think I did pretty well and I did the best I could. They didn't talk about an offer yet but they did say that I should be looking out for things in the mail now."
"I have talked to Florida State and they want me to come there for their 3 day camp in July. Most likely I will be heading there for that."
While he doesn't hold an offer from Florida State at this time, King told NoleDigest that the Seminoles are a team he likes a lot at this time, and they are a school he has a ton of interest in.
"I have talked to Coach Carter and Coach Haggins over at FSU. Coach Carter wants me to come to the camp so I can see the campus and all that. From what I understand that is a real positive place there and it is one of my favorites. The first time Coach Haggins called me I didn't pick up, but the 2nd time I did and we had a good talk. He said they like me as an end or tackle. I'll play anything there. It means a lot to me that Coach Haggins has put people in the NFL because it shows me that he has the potential to teach me so I can get there. What he's done is off the charts. If FSU offered me I'd love to play there. I would consider other options but it's definitely a school I looking at going to."
The 6'3" 265 pound prospect says that at this time he doesn't have a top list and that he wants to continue to improve this summer.
"I don't have a top list or anything right now, but I know of a few schools I really like. I'm looking at trying to get better and stronger this summer. I'm a good pass rusher and run stopper, but I want to get better and start preparing for the next level. I'll probably take all my visits so I have a long time to figure this thing out."
In Jacksonville, Galatian passed the eyeball test very quickly, and he was the best lineman in attendance. There is a good chance he'll see his offer sheet grow heading into the fall, and if he has the season he hopes, he'll become a heavily recruited prospect. Florida State is in a good position right now with King; and offer and a good experience at the camp will most likely secure the top spot on King's list heading into his senior season. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the progress of Galatian, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.