Jarriel King’s long and winding road to South Carolina has taken another turn, but the Gamecocks’ coaches hope it is not a dead end.
King, the defensive lineman from North Charleston who originally signed with USC in 2005 as part of Steve Spurrier’s first recruiting class, needs to pass another class before being admitted to the university, his junior college coach said this week.
Georgia Military coach Bert Williams said King must pass a math course to gain admittance to USC, which would not accept a mathematics modeling course King took at the two-year school in Milledgeville, Ga.
“There’s a little anomaly at South Carolina. The math that Georgia schools use to satisfy the math requirements for all degrees — general mathematics, it’s essentially the same as college algebra — some schools don’t want to accept as such,” Williams said.
“That’s what’s catching him. He’s got everything he needs other than that. It’s a matter of getting him in the class and getting it done.”
Williams said King finished his two-year degree in May, but was uncertain whether King planned to take the class at Georgia Military, another school or as an online course.
Attempts to reach King were unsuccessful.
After signing with the Gamecocks three years ago, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound King remained in North Charleston and tried unsuccessfully to make the necessary SAT score to be eligible at USC.
He enrolled at Georgia Military and had a productive season in 2006 before being dismissed from the team prior to the ‘07 season after being charged with stealing money from teammates.
USC defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said King’s situation could “go either way.”
“He’s done everything he’s supposed to have done, but he’s still got some work to do. Provided he gets it done, he’ll be fine,” Johnson said. “He’s an important part of the puzzle, so I hope he will.”
Williams said King could help the Gamecocks immediately.
“He certainly has the physical ability to do it. Now I can’t speak to his level of conditioning and that type of stuff,” he said. “But pure ability? Yeah, there ain’t no doubt.”
Watch out. USC seniors Kenny McKinley and Jasper Brinkley were named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of national awards this week. McKinley, a Georgia native who has a chance to break all of the school’s major receiving records, is one of 75 players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to college football’s most outstanding player.
Brinkley, a middle linebacker from Thomson, Ga., is on the list for the Bednarik Award, given to the country’s top defensive player. Brinkley was on the first Bednarik list last year before going down with a season-ending knee injury in September.
Lecorn update. The attorney for Gamecocks receiver Dion Lecorn, arrested in February for simple possession of marijuana, said he expects the case to be resolved by the end of August. Lecorn, who was reinstated to the team after a drug test administered by the school was negative for marijuana, in March requested a jury trial in Cayce municipal court.
“I expect some resolution within the next month or two,” said Lowell Bernstein, Lecorn’s lawyer. “Some of the evidence we’ve received has been favorable for our defense.”
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