October 20, 2011
MacGarrett Kings had tons of love for his visit to MSU
MacGarrett Kings feels better than ever about his verbal commitment to Michigan State, following his official visit to the East Lansing campus last weekend.
"It was a very good experience for me and my family," said Kings, a wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale University School who committed to Michigan State over Wisconsin and more than a dozen other major conference offers in July. "My parents got to see the campus and see how Michigan State runs things. I got to see how campus life was, and not only the football aspect of it but also the academic aspect of it. It was fun on game week."
He left with a stronger bond with Michigan State's coaches, knowledge of the Paul Bunyan Trophy, and a taste for playing in Midwestern autumnal elements.
"The wind was affecting them throwing the ball, that's why they were on the ground so much," Kings said. "The offensive coordinator told me, 'Don't get me wrong. We throw the ball.' But they still threw the ball effectively."
Kings is catching it effectively this season for Fort Lauderdale University School. His team is 7-0, ranked No. 1 in Florida in 3A, and No. 5 overall among all divisions in Broward-Dade.
"MacGarrett ranks in the top five in Broward County in receiving," said Fort Lauderdale University School head coach Roger Harriott. "But I don't know his stats off the top of my head."
Neither does Kings, which says something about his team-first attitude.
"I think I have six or eight touchdowns, I'm not sure which and I don't know how many catches and yardage I have," Kings said. "I'm just focused on trying to get to December and the playoffs and win the state championship."
Last year, University School lost in the state title game. Kings had 60-plus catches for more than 750 yards receiving as a junior, plus several hundred yards rushing as a tailback.
A few weeks after Kings committed to Michigan State, he received heavy interest and a scholarship offer from Georgia.
"Georgia, they came in about a month after I committed and they offered me, but they offered me as a running back," Kings said. "I'm not looking at them. I'm looking at anybody, really."
Georgia wasn't the only one.
"Georgia and Florida State were a couple of the schools that were very interested," Harriott said. "But he committed to Michigan State early so it really didn't go too far. Once they talked to him and started offering visits, yes they were going to make an offer.
"There were a ton of other schools that came in and were very interested but once he made a commitment over the summer, that was it for me. Once you have an agreement with an institution and a coach, we try to keep our integrity intact and we try to build a positive relationship and let our word be our word."
Juwan Caesar, a freshman redshirt at Michigan State from Miami, served as Kings' player host on Friday night.
"Saturday night, Keith Mumphrey was supposed to be my host but it was Kurtis Drummond and William Gholston. Those guys are cool, man. They showed me around campus. They are some cool guys and I'm looking forward for them to be my teammates next year."
Kings gained an appreciated for the tight bond throughout the program.
"After they beat Michigan, in the locker room, everybody was surrounding the Paul Bunyan Trophy," he said. "It was just a lot of love. Everybody was hugging each other, giving each other credit. Everybody was supportive of one another and it was a very happy experience.
"My parents, they loved it. They loved it. They were saying that it was a good fit for me because Michigan State is the same environment (as my high school) with a lot of love and caring not only for how the players play on the field but in their academics as well."
Kings on:"I loved the uniforms. I wish they could wear them more than just once. It would be cool if they could wear them more than once."
The Nike Pro Combat uniforms: "I loved the uniforms. I wish they could wear them more than just once. It would be cool if they could wear them more than once."
On Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio: "He was just saying he was happy to have me as part of the program next year. He was just a cool guy to be around and I'm looking forward to him being my head coach next year."
On Michigan State wide receivers coach Terry Samuel: "I talk with Coach Terry, sometimes on a daily basis. Me and him are already connecting. We have a bond. When I got up there it made the bond even closer with me and Coach Terry. I sat in on some of the meetings and he was showing me what they do and how he wants his receivers to do things."
On attending a university a thousand miles from home: "I will be a little homesick but the love that the coaches have, they should make me feel right at home. The way they have study hall and the way they put academics around the players, it should fit my schedule well."
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