Hondo S. Carpenter


While he’s just putting the finishing touches on his sophomore year of high school, Detroit (MI) Cass Tech 2021 3-star cornerback Kalen King has seen his recruitment surge in recent months as he now holds over 20 offers entering this summer and has received interest from several other Division 1 programs, including Michigan State. The Spartans offered him this week!

King recently spoke with Spartan Nation about the recent rise he’s seen in his recruitment and said that while he’s become one of the nation’s top defensive back recruits in the 2021 class, he remains focused on improving, rather than the attention he’s received.

“I know that I’m not a finished product yet and I can still get better,” he said. “That’s what keeps me humble.”

So far, King has received offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia and a handful of other Division 1 programs.

Along with his lengthy list of offers, King also has plenty of visits lined up for the summer, including trips to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. King also indicated that he intends to camp at Michigan State as well this summer.

With an offer from Michigan in hand and one from Michigan State, King told Spartan Nation that he grew up a fan of both Michigan and Michigan State and noted that an offer from the Spartans would be a big deal for him.

“It (means) a lot because I’ve been growing up a Michigan State fan,” he said. “I’m still a Michigan State fan, I’ve visited a couple of times and I like the school, so an offer would mean a lot.”

Another potential draw to Michigan State for King would be the possibility of playing alongside former Cass Tech teammate and current Spartan defensive back Kalon Gervin, who King played with for a year in high school, before Gervin left for East Lansing.

“A lot, we played together my freshman year of high school,” he said. “So it’d be cool to play with him again at the college level.”

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