Oscar Smith RB Kevon King (Photo: Joe Barnes/ recruit757)
Kevon King now holds a Big Ten offer with Indiana on board
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Indiana Hoosiers are getting in the habit of dipping into Virginia for talent.
Just a couple of years ago, the Hoosiers landed Hopewell running back Ronnie Walker. Walker led the Blue Devils to a VHSL Class 3 state championship in 2017 and shocked everyone by committing to Indiana. After two seasons at Indiana, Walker decided to come back home. He announced a transfer to the University of Virginia this spring.
Indiana is again pursuing a running back from the commonwealth, and they’ve tapped Oscar Smith running back Kevon King (2022 RB 6-0 210) for a scholarship offer.
“They love the way I play,” King said. “I was so exited (to get the news). I heard they were offering me a full ride and I could not hold in my excitement. I was too hyped up.”
Oscar Smith head coach Chris Scott gave recruit757 more details on the offer and on the nature of Indiana’s interest in King.
“They love (Kevon’s) big play ability. Most of all, he can catch it out of the backfield as well as run it. Both are tremendous skill sets. Combine that with his offseason work that has gotten him to 210 pounds, now that is a great recipe for a big time football player,” said the coach.
On the 2019 roster for the Oscar Smith Tigers, King was listed as a 180-pound running back. Now he has the size and strength to be a power back, and if he’s continued working on his footwork, agility and speed, he’ll be quite a force for the Tigers in his junior season.
As a sophomore, King had the second most touches as a Tiger tailback. He racked up 75 carries for 647 yards and 8 touchdowns. That’s an average of 8.6 yards per carry. Tyvon Norfleet was the primary back in the Tiger rushing attack, and he totaled 152 carries for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season. Senior tailback Romon Copeland was a dual threat for Oscar Smith in 2019, piling up 63 carries for 567 yards and 8 touchdowns, plus he caught 53 passes for 1113 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in the Tigers’ passing game.
Many of those 116 touches from Copeland should go to Norfleet and King. An increase role should only result in increased interest from college coaches.
Indiana’s offer is the first for Kevon, but you can bet that there are many more to come.
– Andy Hilton