Caleb King wasn't at Parkview's opening day of football practice on Wednesday, fueling rumors about his possible transfer to Greater Atlanta Christian, but his coach expects the star running back to return to the Panthers this week.
Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said he and assistant coach Robert Hill heard from King, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 running back, via telephone on Monday. King told the coaches that he would rejoin the Parkview football team on Friday, when he returns from Texas. The top recruit spent the summer in Texas working on his academics with summer-school classes.
"(King) gets back on Friday," Flowe said on Wednesday afternoon. "We talked to him on Monday and he said he was coming back Friday. I have to take him at his word right now. I've got to go by what he tells me. And as far as I know he's going to be at Parkview."
Rumors of a King transfer to GAC have been rampant since May, and an official at the Class AA school verified that the running back did put an application in at GAC earlier this year. GAC head coach Jimmy Chupp confirmed that he expects King's brother Andre to be a community coach for the Spartans this season, which fueled transfer rumors.
Andre King was with the GAC team at Wednesday's team-building Camp Highland in Ellijay.
"He's not here, Caleb's not here," Chupp told WAGA-TV on Wednesday. "We enjoy having Andre King as a community coach but Caleb is not with us. I don't know how that will all turn out. We're just going with the guys we've got."
King and his older brother could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Reached by phone last Thursday, Andre King said the rumors were false that his brother's transfer to GAC was already done.
"It's not definite that he's going to leave Parkview," Andre said.
Parkview reached the Class AAAAA quarterfinals last season as King rushed for an average of 212.7 yards per game.
He finished with 2,765 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.
Although King has missed nearly all of Parkview's summer workouts, Flowe doesn't expect that to be a problem.
"I know he's working out," Flowe said of King. "He'll be fine. We didn't have Jeff Francoeur, Clint Sammons or Tim Gustafson the summer of their senior years because they were all playing (baseball). But I knew where they were and we worked it out."