Recruiting Flashback: Caleb King, The Next Herschel Walker
Next Herschel Walker
Caleb King was heralded as “the next Herschel Walker” by so many UGA fans, and recruiters before he stepped a foot on UGA’s campus. King, who played his high school football at Greater Atlanta Christian, was an absolute beast and was recognized as one of the best running backs in the entire nation.
High School Accolades:
- 3 Time All-State
- #1 Rated player in Georgia (Rivals)
- MVP of 2005 Army Combine Showcase
- Junior Year: 2,789 rush yards, 19 touchdowns (Best rushing total for a high school player in state history)
Once King got to campus he was able to play and make and make a less then stellar impact as a Freshman. 247 rush yards and 1 touchdown for the “next Herschel Walker”. His best year was his sophomore season where he had 11 touchdowns and 597 rush yards. Still never making the impact UGA fans would have loved to see from a guy as touted as Caleb King.
College Career Accolades:
- Rush Yards in a Game: 166 vs Georgia Tech
- Touchdowns in a game: 2, he did that 3 times
- Phil Steele’s Pre Season 4th team All-SEC back
- Once the leading rusher in the G-Day Game: 31 Yards
King No More
Ultimately Caleb King never lived up to his recruiting hype. Is that fair to say he was a bust? Maybe, but there are so many cases where players do not live up to their recruiting hype. Whether that is a mental issue, peaking in high school, or just a poor work ethic we will never know. I was one of the fans thinking King was going to be the “next big thing”, but aside from a few glimpses of greatness, we never saw the consistency that we all would have loved to see. King did sign with the Vikings after an impressive pre-season, but never saw the field and never recorded a career carry in the NFL.