For the first time since LaVar Arrington opted for early entry to the NFL Draft in 2000, a Penn State player is bolting. That would be Justin King, he of the great, yet unfulfilled, expectations, who will formally declare his eligibility on Tuesday.
The so-called shutdown corner somehow made All-Big Ten in 2007, perhaps more on reputation than performance. He was notably absent on crucial plays during the season, particularly in the later games. Rumor had it that a shoulder injury was the cause, but this was never confirmed.
Will this be as devastating to the Penn State defense as many have proposed? In the sense that there will be one fewer cornerback on the roster than expected, yes. There is no depth at that position. Even if King was played at the level of Sargent or Wallace, his absence would be felt. Who will be the nickel back? I suppose time will tell whether guys like Harriott and Timmons can step up. Recruitment seems to have been lacking at this position. What this Turkey sees ahead is a bad year for the PSU secondary, and even worse years ahead.
Story at Fight On State.