King Commits to Iowa

Iowa picked up a commitment Sunday morning from a prospect previously verballed to Ball State. Detroit Crockett CB Desmond King pulled the trigger for the Hawkeyes.

Two weeks ago, Desmond King walked through the halls of his high school believing he'd be playing college football at Ball State. He entered his coach's office and things changed.

Sitting in front of King was Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker. The Hawkeyes wanted him to visit.

"It was amazing to see him in the office," King said. "I had a good feeling that something was going to happen."

King officially visited Iowa this weekend. Saturday, he sat in in head coach Kirk Ferentz's office.

"He asked how I would feel starting as a true freshman," King said. "I just told him that I wanted to contribute to the program as soon as possible. He said I had an offer. I had breakfast at his house (Sunday) morning and I committed."

Iowa had been recruiting King before he verbally committed to Ball State in July. He was believed to be their 16th verbal pledge in the '13 class, which can sign letters of intent beginning on Feb. 6.

"I wanted to focus on my season without any media or questions about where I was going," King said of his early Ball State pledge. "I didn't want to put pressure on myself to keep thinking about it during my senior year."

King also reported scholarship offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Scout.com ranks King as a three-star recruit on it's five-star scale. The service pegs him as the No. 55 cornerback nationally in the class of '13.

"Ask around the state (of Michigan) and people will tell you Desmond King is one of the best pure football players around," Scout.com's Allen Trieu tweeted.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound King played this fall for East English Valley in the Detroit Public League. The program resulted from a consolidation with Crockett Vocational, where he attends high school.

One of Crockett/East English Valley's main rivals in the DPL has been Cass Tech. An alumnus from that school, Ruben Lile, played host to King on his Iowa visit.

"I played against him since I can remember, since little league," King said of Lile. "He told me that there is no professional team there. Iowa is the professional team. People will be trying to get your autograph and talking to you a lot. He just said that you have to stay focused and on top of your game."

Lile and King could find themselves in the same college secondary. The latter is being viewed by Hawkeye coaches as a cornerback despite rushing for more than 2,000 yards last season from his running back position.

"That's my dream. I have been wanting to play corner forever," said King, who also picked off 29 passes in his prep career. "People have been saying that I'm good at running back but I'm a defensive guy. I like contact. I'm tough. I wanted to play defensive for a Big Ten school and my dream came true."

King, who wants to study broadcast journalism in college, knew Iowa was the place for him as the weekend progressed.

"It's like family there," he said. "It's a home. It's somewhere where I can be comfortable and make friends."

King also could make a difference on the field as soon as this fall.

"I think it's going to happen because (Ferentz) mentioned it without me even bringing it up," he said. "He just came out of the blue with it. He said if I show I can play it, then I can if I want to."