San Antonio, Texas--Despite being named MVP as the best athlete at the U.S. Army All-American Combine, running back Caleb King of Lilburn, Ga., didn’t do as well as he thought he could.
“I think I could have done better, but it’s been good,” King says. “Because the combine was so close to my season I didn’t have time to work on my 40. I wish my 40 was a little better than a low 4.5. I usually don’t run that slow.”
King’s low 4.5 that he was displeased with was into the wind early in the morning and was one of the top times of roughly 500 athletes. King’s other test results weren’t his best, but they were enough to separate him as an elite athlete.
“My vertical was good at a 33 inches and my shuttle run was a 4-flat,” he says. “A 4-flat is good for me, but my fastest is a 3.8.”
King gets congratulated by his peers upon being named the MVP.
While King had some of the best test results on Saturday in San Antonio, Sunday is when he showed everyone how good of a football player he is in drills against other top-notch athletes around the country on way to winning the MVP trophy. King displayed incredible quickness, hands and speed which stood out above everyone else.
With signing day for the junior tailback more than a year away, he says his recruitment is open to every school across the country.
“I don’t know,” he says about his college favorites. “I don’t want to say any names. Anybody--SEC, ACC, whoever. All of the schools in the Southeast are writing.”
Thought to be an Auburn lean, King says that he wants to major in business and has checked out the business school and academics at Auburn. With friend and former teammate from Parkview HS, Brad Lester, on the Plains, King has also been able to get a look into the Auburn football program.
“From the inside he (Lester) can tell me how Auburn really is and how they run their program,” he says. “From what he says I really like it.”
King, also a standout last year at the Scout.com Combine in Auburn, says that he also likes Tommy Tuberville and the rest of the AU coaches. “When I went to meet him the first thing he did was talk to my momma,” King says of Tuberville. “That’s a big factor because most coaches just want to talk to me and not to my parents.”
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