His story: Jaries King is a senior playing in his first season at the varsity level. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs more than 200 pounds. He was a dominant player at the JV level last season while patiently waiting behind a talented corps of Vikings varsity receivers. He has provided an immediate impact after making the jump this year. Through eight games he has 34 catches for 597 yards and six touchdowns. In Lamar’s upset victory against Martin on Friday, King caught nine passes for 187 yards and a touchdown.
He said: “Especially from the first game on varsity, I could tell that the lights were just a little bit brighter. It was a lot harder, but after the first game to the second game I got a little too comfortable. So after the second game I kind of had to find a medium point to where I’m comfortable but not on edge to where I’m thinking too much, I’m just going out there and playing. I was talking with someone the other day who told me that as you go up in levels, the talent gap gets smaller and it’s all about who works harder than the other guy. Once you get from JV to varsity, and it’s a completely different game from high school to college. It’s all about what you do during your time off that elevates you. So I need to work a little bit harder to get where I want to get, like running my routes and making my catches. I’ve worked on my quickness and playing fast. With me being a tall guy, it’s harder going against a smaller corner who’s much quicker. I need to find a way to play fast. I’ve been working on that. And everybody can make the wide-open catches, but what sets you apart is the guy that will take the extra effort to get that extra 5 yards. So, I’ve been working on that a lot.
Coach Trent Fuller said: “If you don’t know anything about him, the thing that’s going to draw attention is that he’s 6-5. It’s something he was blessed with. But at the same time he runs a 4.4 or 4.5 [40-yard dash] so he doesn’t really look like he’s running very fast but he takes such long strides. If you look at Friday’s game, most of his yards came after the catch. He is strong and he’s a little deceptive with his speed after he catches the ball. We knew coming into this season he was going to be a big player for us and he has been.”
Interesting note: King didn’t play football in his eighth-grade season, and was considering basketball instead of football in high school, but ultimately decided to go with football. He’s neighbors with sophomore QB Shane Buechele and played on the JV last season with junior QB Andy Guinn.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Jaries King caught nine passes for 187 yards and a TD last week in Lamar’s upset victory against Martin.
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