Hinsdale South’s Josh King picks Michigan State

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Hinsdale South’s Josh King is 6-6, 230 pounds —— one of the most physically imposing prospects in the state. Friday he announced an oral commitment to Michigan State. He chose the Spartans over offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, USC and Ohio State.

King, a state champion wrestler in the 220-pound weight class and four-star lineman according to Scout Recruiting, is quiet by nature and is happy that the spotlight is shifting to his on-field performance now that he has made his college choice.

“I just wanted it to be over. I want to focus on my season football season, that’s really the only thing I want to focus on next year,” King said.

King’s senior season is approaching quickly — the Hornets begin their summer practices Monday morning, so his decision came right in time.

“Relieved, that’s the big part. I am just ready to suit up Monday and play the football season,” said King.

As for the Spartans, it was a decision that just made sense for King. Especially with the relationship he’s built with defensive line coach Ron Burton.

“Coach Ron Burton is such a cool guy,” said King. “I love him. He’s more than like a coach, he’s someone that you can talk to on the phone for more like advice. He’s more like a father figure, he’s a good man.”

King joins Fremd defensive back Kenney Lyke as a Michigan State recruit.

“Honestly, I would say the group of guys that are coming with me,” said King. “When you talk to guys on the phone like Kenney Lyke, Messiah DeWeaver, we are a family. We really are. I am just ready to get down there with them.”

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