King's future still uncertain

LILBURN - The Caleb King Watch continues for at least another day.

The nation's No. 1 running back, according to Rivals.com, didn't show up to football practice at either Parkview or Greater Atlanta Christian on Monday, continuing the saga of where exactly the supremely talented runner will play his senior season.

Rumors have been rampant for months that King, who rushed for a school-record 2,765 yards and 19 TDs as a junior at Class AAAAA powerhouse Parkview, would be enrolling at Class AA GAC for his senior year.

And though Spartans' head coach Jimmy Chupp said a decision has yet to be made by the King family or the school's admission board, the chances seem greater and greater that he will be wearing the red and gold of GAC this fall.

While King wasn't at the Spartans' football practice Monday night, Chupp did confirm that All-State running back was on the GAC campus during the day.

"I did see him (Monday)," the veteran coach said. "He was here at the school taking (an admissions) test."

Chupp said he thought a firm, close-the-door-on-the-matter decision would probably come at some point this week.

"I'm not sure if he's going to be offered a spot or not," Chupp said. "And even if he is offered a spot, he still has to accept it. It's a family decision."

King's older brother, Andre, was at practice on Monday serving as a volunteer community coach in charge of the Spartans' running backs.

Last week Andre was quoted in a Daily Post story saying: "GAC is a private school that offers a Christian-based mission and academically a smaller classroom that we as a family found out might be best for Caleb.

"He gets the job done in classrooms that are smaller. He's more confident in smaller classrooms. As a big brother, if I can make the sacrifices for him to be in a smaller classroom setting, a private school setting where he'll have more one-on-one time, it's my duty, my job, my commitment to him to do that.

"As a family we need to do what's best for him as a student, not a football player, and as a growing Christian, not the No. 1 football player in Georgia. It's my responsibility as a father figure to make sure he's equipped with all the tools in life he needs to be successful before he goes to college."

Meanwhile at Parkview, practice carried on without the record-breaking King, who has scholarship offers from virtually every major Division I-A program in the country.

When asked whether the star back would be suiting up for the Panthers this season, head coach Cecil Flowe said he wasn't sure.

"I know as much as you do," Flowe said during practice on Monday.