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Former Maryland WR Nigel King transfers to Kansas, eligible to play immediately

Nick Bromberg
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Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Nigel King (3) runs the ball during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

A week after graduating from Maryland, Nigel King already has a new school.

The junior receiver will play for Kansas in the fall. He was granted his Maryland release on August 1.

"This all happened fast now,” Kansas coach Charlie Weis told KUSports.com. “All of a sudden, the kid’s on the street, and we had an opening on the perceived two-deep, and a guy like that, he’s looking for somewhere he thinks he has a chance of playing. He looks good on tape, but I’d prefer to just go by what we see from here.”

King said he went to Kansas because of the relationship his former high school coach has with Kansas WR coach Eric Klesau.

"He and Eric Kiesau have a very good relationship," King told JayhawkSlant.com. "I didn't have a lot of time and everything happened so fast. I found out about Kansas through my former coach and he recommended them to me. I trust what he told me."

King, who was listed as a backup on Maryland's depth chart before his transfer, is now listed on Kansas' second team. Though if you look at the numbers from 2013, he was far more productive than any Kansas receiver last season.

King had 33 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns. Kansas' leading receiver was Tony Pierson, who had 25 catches for 333 yards and a touchdown. Of course, King played for a bowl-eligible team with two decent quarterbacks in 2013. Last year, throwing the football was a huge obstacle for Kansas. The Jayhawks were 120th in FBS in total passing yards.

But now, Montell Cozart is the undisputed starter at QB and he just gained a player who could be Kansas' biggest weapon. The connection will be important if Kansas wants to win multiple Big 12 games for the first time since 2008.

For more Kansas news, visit JayhawkSlant.com.

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