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Star running back King switches to GAC

NORCROSS - Ending months of speculation and rumor, star running back Caleb King made his transfer official Tuesday afternoon when he withdrew from Parkview High School and enrolled at Greater Atlanta Christian.

King, considered by many recruiting services as the top running back in the nation, was not at the Spartans' practice Tuesday but is expected to suit up with his new teammates for the first time today.

"My family and I made the decision to come to GAC," King said in a press release issued by the private school. "We think it will be a very good fit for me at this time in my life. I am grateful for those who supported me while I was at Parkview High School."

King's older brother Andre, who is also a first-year volunteer community coach with the Spartans, has been quoted on numerous occasions as saying the smaller class sizes and the Christian environment would benefit his talented younger brother, who rushed for an astounding 2,765 yards and 19 TDs last year at Parkview, which plays in Class AAAAA, Georgia's largest classification. GAC is an AA program.

In his two seasons at Parkview, King amassed 4,285 total yards (3,889 yards rushing) from scrimmage and 36 touchdowns.

Now he's bringing his immense talent to GAC head coach Jimmy Chupp and his Spartan football program.

"I was able to spend some time talking to Caleb on Monday," Chupp said in the press release. "He is an impressive young man. Of course, I am excited to have him enroll in our school and join our football team. I really hope that our school and our football program will be a blessing to Caleb and his family.

"I am sure he will be an outstanding football player here, but my hope is that the environment of GAC will encourage him in his spiritual journey and support him in his academic pursuits."

GAC will be the third high school in four years for King, who transferred to Parkview from Columbia High in DeKalb County during his freshman year.

Classes at the Norcross private school begin on Monday and the Spartans open the season Sept. 1 at home vs. Mary Persons.

"Caleb appears to be a fine young man," GAC senior high principal Scott Harsh said in the school's release. "I believe he will be a very good addition to an already strong senior class. He has a gentle spirit and a desire to continue his spiritual and academic journey. We are excited to have him join our student body."