July 16, 2011
Kings is “Electrifying”
SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with Coach Roger Harriott of University High School in Florida. We asked him the newest member of the Spartan class of 2012, MacGarret Kings. Harriott knows talent when he sees it and he has high praise for his standout player.
Harriott has been a big reason why University High School has made incredible strides as a program the last few years. A former star running back at Boston University and Villanova, Harriott walked away from a position at Syracuse to stay at University High School. The last few season University has had multiple BCS prospects, MacGarrett Kings is right up there with the best of them according to his coach.
"He is an electrifying player, Harriott said. He wants to be in pressure situation and have to make a big play. He has all the tools to be a great multi-purpose player at the next level. We use him at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and he can even play some quarterback. He can do a little bit of everything."
Harriott went on to say that he believes that Kings will have plenty of success in college and it is not because of his talent.
"The best thing about MacGarret is the intangibles. He is a great leader. He is one of those players that does not want to disappoint anyone. He will do whatever it takes to help the team win. He is what I like to call a character kid."
As we stated, Harriott was a standout player in college. He rushed for over 1300-yards for Boston University as a sophomore and was named 1st team All-Atlantic. If not for several injuries he may very well of had an extensive professional career. We asked him if MacGarrett reminds him of anyone.
"I was able to play with Brian Westbrook play in college at Villanova and to me he is that type of player, except he can run routes better that him. I have been around a lot of great athletes in my coaching and playing career and MacGarrett is right up there. He is that good of an all-around athlete.
Westbrook has been one of the top all-purpose running backs in the NFL the last decade. Accounting for over 10,000 all-purpsioe3 yards, catching over 400 passes and scoring 71 touchdowns.
Kings will be coming to Michigan State to assume many of the duties the current senior Keshawn Martin holds for the Spartans. Martin is considered by many the top all-purpose player in the Big Ten. Harriott talked about that.
He came back from Michigan State and he had fallen in love with it up there. He sat down with his family and made an educated decision. He has been to other schools, but the opportunity there and everything about Michigan State made him feel it was the perfect fit for him."
Look for much more on Kings and his recruitment in an upcoming issue of Spartan Magazine.
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