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Penn State Football: Former Nittany Lion Justin King Back With Program On Staff

by on May 20, 2017 1:20 PM

From Nittany Lion and one of the best recruits to ever sign with Penn State is back on campus. Justin King, a standout two-way player from 2005-2007, returned to his alma mater this week as an assistant recruiting coordinator. King made the news official on his Twitter account.

The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native will join his stepfather, Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith on the recruiting trail.

While at Penn State, King was part of a dynamic duo alongside five-star receiver Derrick Williams who helped rejuvenate a struggling program for a historic 2005 season and eventual 2006 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State. Williams recently returned to campus as well, working as a sideline reporter for the radio broadcast with Steve Jones and Jack Ham.

King declared early for the 2008 NFL Draft following a First Team All-Big Ten season at cornerback and was selected No. 101 overall by the St. Louis Rams. He clocked the second-fastest 40-yard dash at that year’s combine in 4.31 seconds — behind only Chris Johnson’s then-record 4.24. 

Before his eventual retirement King spent six years in the league, playing in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, before being released in July 2013.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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