Bulldogs Add California Product; 2008 Class Now At 22 Members

Ferris State University head football coach Jeff Pierce recently announced the transfer addition of junior college defensive tackle Ryan King (El Cajon, Calif./Valley) to the 2008 Bulldog recruiting class. The signing of King brings Ferris State's 2008 recruiting group to a total of 23 student-athletes with all but five hailing from Michigan.

Ryan King "We're extremely excited to add Ryan to our football team" said Pierce. "He's a quality player who will help us create great competition up front on our defensive line.

"That was an area we wanted to address since we lost a couple of individuals to graduation," Pierce added.

The 6-1, 290-pound King, who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, spent the last two years in the junior college ranks at Southwestern College near the San Diego area in Chula Vista, Calif. As a freshman in 2006, King earned California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Foothills Conference Honorable Mention laurels. Despite missing five games during the 2007 campaign, King managed to make nine tackles, including five solo stops, along with a pass breakup in four contests.

King had a breakout game this season with four tackles and a sack as the Jaguars posted their first win of the year, 39-37, over Victor Valley Community College on Oct. 6 at home. One of the East County product's better performances came when he tallied both a sack and a fumble recovery in Southwestern's 49-6 home setback versus Grossmont College during the 2006 season (Sept. 24).

King helped lead the Jaguars to a 5-5 overall record, a California Community College Football Coaches Association Top 20 Southern California final ranking and a tie for second place in the Pacific Coast Conference in 2006 under head coach Jan Chapman. Southwestern then posted a 3-6 overall mark for new head coach Ed Carberry last fall, but managed to win three of their last four contests to close the season, including a 20-17 upset over previously unbeaten league champion Antelope Valley Community College in the season finale.

JCfootball.com, an online publication covering football at the junior college level, had King ranked as one of its top un-committed California junior college players at the beginning of the calendar year. He was also ranked 16th on Scout.com's list of the nation's top junior college defensive tackles in the class of 2008.

King is the fourth defensive lineman from Southwestern to ink with either a NCAA Division I or II school this winter. Two of his junior college teammates on the defensive line signed with NCAA-I Texas-El Paso while another committed to Division II Missouri Southern State.

As a high school player, King competed for the Braves of El Cajon Valley High School in Southern California. He claimed All-Grossmont North League Football Honorable Mention laurels as a prep senior for head coach Joe Hubarth on the defensive line in 2004. The Braves posted back-to-back 4-6 seasons his last two years and nearly made the 2004 San Diego CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Division II Playoffs.

Ferris State previously signed a total of 21 prep student-athletes to national letters-of-intent on National Signing Day back in February (Feb. 6). The group included 17 signees from the state of Michigan along with three from Illinois and one from Indiana. In addition to King, the Bulldogs have added two prep defensive tackles and four high school defensive ends to a unit where two starters concluded their eligibility in 2007 and two others will be seniors this coming fall.

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