Jamar King's journey to the Capstone has been a long and arduous journey from Detroit, Michigan to Ukiah, California and now to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
King played at Denby Tech/Preparatory High School in Detroit. Without any real offers, he took his game to Mendocino C.C. in northern California. This past season, he registered 63 total tackles in nine games as a sophomore, including nine sacks, 23.5 stops for loss, and three pass break-ups. But still, he was on few radars.
At 6'5" 285, this 3 stars defensive end is somewhat of an unknown commodity. Up until a month ago, the only schools looking at him were UCF, Boise State, Colorado State, and Northern Arizona. And then someone on the Alabama staff got wind of him and made him an offer in late December. Ohio State followed soon after in January.
The Crimson Tide has had some good luck with signing defensive linemen from the junior college ranks. Former Tide players such as Jesse Williams, Quinton Dial, Jarran Reed and D.J. Pettway come to mind.
Looking at the video below, it is easy to see what the Bama staff saw in King. See for yourself.
King has three years to complete his two remaining seasons of college eligibility. He is on pace to graduate in May. He chose Alabama over Ohio State.