ADDISON, Ill. – Joshua King’s scholarship offer list reads like a who’s who of college football’s top programs. LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and USC are among the elite schools hoping to land the athletic Chicago-area defensive end.
Iowa was one of the first colleges to recognize King’s talent and offer him. While the Hawkeyes stood in good position early, they’ve moved to the stage where it’d likely take a historically high-end season to have a legitimate chance with him.
"It’s a great school, honestly. I can’t really say anything too good or too bad about it right now. I’m still thinking about them, though," King told AllHawkeyes.com Sunday after he performed in The Opening Chicago Regional here at Addison Trail High School.
Rivals.com and 247.com rank King as the No. 4 strong-side defensive end nationally and the No. 1 overall prospect in Illinois for the 2016 Class. Scout.com rates the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder as the top player overall in Illinois and the No. 12 defensive end in the country. All three major services see him as a four-star recruit.
The Darien (IL) Hinsdale South High student won the 220-pound Class 3A state wrestling title in February. While he performed well on Sunday, he looked like a guy still transitioning between two different sports.
"I’ve been focused on getting back into the swing of things because I just recently finished wrestling. I’m just working on getting back in the weight room, back on the field," King said.
King said he was happy with his performance at The Opening regional.
"With the Nike combine, it’s never easy. There’s a lot of competition. It’s great. The competition, going against some of the best guys in the country. It’s an experience where you couldn’t really ask for anything better," he said.
With being so engulfed in two sports at a high level, King said he hasn’t spent much time on recruiting. He said he wasn’t sure when he’ll visit schools or commit to one.
King, who has visited Iowa twice, including a stop for the Wisconsin game in November, said he wants schools to express to him their plan for him.
"Distance from home is always important, the first thing. I want to go to a place where I’m going to be needed not just another player that’s going to be on the depth chart. I’m just caring what they’re going to do with me. That’s the most important thing," he said.
King said he’s planning on majoring in something that will keep him involved with sports.
"I can be a coach after or a personal trainer or something like that," he said.