A promising young player who will be in the battle for playing time at tight end when practice opens ... Made excellent progress while redshirting last fall ... Has excellent size and athletic ability ... Made progress in the Hokies' athletic performance program ... A tough, smart player who can block and catch the football ... Should get better and better as he picks up more reps at the position ... Will be right in the thick of things this fall with a good summer preparation and preseason showing ... 2001: Worked at tight end while redshirting as a true freshman ... Posted a 360-pound back squat during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Also ran a 4.8 40 ... High School: A PrepStar All-American for Coach Joel Hicks at Pulaski County ... Was rated the No. 3 tight end in the Atlantic Region ... Named first-team Group AAA all-state as a tight end by The Associated Press and the state coaches ... Ranked the No. 12 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and SuperPrep ... Tom Lemming's Prep FB Report lists him as the No. 86 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region ... An honorable-mention All-South pick by the Orlando Sentinel ... Led his high school team to the Group AAA, Division 5 state semifinals in 2000 ... Finished his senior season with 278 yards receiving and eight touchdowns ... Also registered eight sacks as a defensive end ... Set a school record with 101 pancake blocks in a season ... Had 12 pancakes and two receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown in a game his senior year ... Named All-Timesland as a junior and senior ... An outstanding basketball player who compiled over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during his career ... Averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds as a senior on the way to all-district and all-region honors ... Competed in the shot for the track team with a best effort of 54-7 as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Personal: Jeffrey W. King ... Born 2/19/83 in Pulaski, VA ... Son of Jerry and Lynn King ... Enrolled in university studies.