Oklahoma is one of a handful of schools in the country that are actively recruiting high school football players, and a recent announcement that the Sooners are among the teams interested in Louisville’s Kevin King.
King, a wide receiver from St. Louis, was an All-American at Louisville last season and was the team’s leading tackler, with 9.5 sacks.
He is a consensus five-star prospect by 247Sports.
But the Soonos also are among five schools that are in discussions with the Cardinals, who have a need for help at wide receiver.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations with the Soonies,” said Louisville’s head coach, Joe Castiglione, who recently retired from the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator role.
“It’s kind of a natural progression for them to be interested.
They’re a great school.
We’re a lot better than they are.
We know it.
They know it too.
We don’t have to prove anything.
They just have to be open to it.
I think it’s something that has been on our radar, that we’ve been talking about a lot.”
While the Soonas have been mentioned as a possibility for several schools, Castiglion said it is not a given that he is one among them.
“I think I’m the only one, for sure,” Castiglio said.
“Kevin King is a good player, but it’s not a certainty.
It’s something we’ve talked about.”
The Oklahoma recruiting trail, however, is littered with teams interested, and Castiglioli said he is interested in having an impact player at the next level.
King is the third high school player to sign with the Cards this year, following quarterback Brandon Bridge (from Oklahoma State) and wide receiver Johnnie Ford (from Arkansas State).
“I’m not a big football fan,” King said, adding that he was “really excited” to be joining the Cardinals.
“You just have a lot to learn from a guy like me.
I just want to learn as much as I can and help them win.
I want to win games, too.
I’m just looking to help them.
I love this program.”