Caleb King's record-breaking high school career isn't over yet, but he knows he will leave the prep ranks with at least this to his credit - he is Gwinnett's first U.S. Army All-American.
The Greater Atlanta Christian senior was announced on Monday as a selection for the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation's most prestigious high school football All-Star game. King will be one of the 39 players on the East squad, emerging from a pool of 400 standouts who were nominated by the event's selection committee.
Bowl and Army officials dropped by GAC on Monday to give King his jersey, assuring that he will join an impressive list of game alumni that includes Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush and Ted Ginn Jr.
The 2007 game will be Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be broadcast live by NBC. In recent years, the game has become a forum for many of the nation's top seniors to choose a college in front of a wide audience.
Although no Gwinnett senior has played in previous U.S. Army All-American Bowls - the event began in 2001 - King appeared destined for a spot for some time. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was named the U.S. Army National Combine MVP in 2005, and each of the past five combine MVPs have earned a spot in the bowl game.
King rushed for a Class AAAAA record 2,768 yards as a junior at Parkview before transferring to GAC prior to this school year. He has rushed 103 times for 842 yards and 12 touchdowns so far this season for the Spartans.
"Caleb King ranks as the top running back prospect in the country," said Garrett Shea, director of the bowl. "He is a multi-faceted back with the speed and quickness to run around you, and the power and strength to run right through you. In addition, he has great balance and a knack for making defenders miss.
"His versatility as a receiver will also serve him very well at the next level, where he will terrorize defenses for many years to come. Caleb King is a great all-around athlete and the bowl is proud to have him join the U.S. Army All-American Class of 2007."