Adrian King wasted little time in becoming the ninth member of Wyoming’s 2016 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Denver received a scholarship offer from the Cowboys on Sept. 24. Less than a week later he had made a verbal commitment to UW, the Star-Tribune first reported.

“I was thinking about it most of the week, but no particular reason why today,” said King, who also had an offer from Air Force. “It just felt right.”

King’s commitment continues a Wyoming’s recent string of success in recruiting Colorado.

Last year, the Cowboys landed three scholarship recruits from the Centennial State. Now, King joins Lakewood High School cornerback Braden Smith to become the second Coloradoan in Wyoming’s 2016 recruiting class.

Defensive ends coach AJ Cooper spearheads Wyoming’s recruitment of Colorado.

“In the summer I went to one of their camps and I wasn’t thinking about it much until I actually got down there and saw it was a beautiful place,” King said. “It’s beautiful in Laramie. It’s different than what other people think. ... I just liked everything about it.”

King plays prep football for George Washington High School, the alma mater of five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups.

This season, King ranks second in Class 4A in tackles with 55. He has also recorded two interceptions and one sack for the Patriots (4-0), who are receiving votes in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 4A poll.

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He garnered Class 4A second-team all-state honors as a junior.

“As a linebacker, I would say that I have very good closing speed,” King said. “I can get to the ball quick. Most of the time I’m always around the ball.”

As a tight end, King has tallied 12 receptions for 195 yards and five touchdowns.

At Wyoming, King plans to stick at linebacker, though he’s not sure at which particular spot in the Cowboys’ 4-3 defense.

“I could see me playing the inside or outside,” said King, who is not ranked by 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals or Scout. “Get a little more weight on me and I could play inside pretty well, and outside, too. I can drop in coverage pretty well, open my hips up.”

King hasn’t been back to Laramie since attending UW’s camp this summer. He said he plans to take an official visit “sometime soon.”

Since Sept. 5, the day of its season opener, Wyoming has secured four verbal commitments.

In addition to King and Smith, Wyoming’s other 2016 verbal commits are: linebackers David Engelhaupt (Nebraska), Jailyn Mays (Florida) and Shiloh Windsor (Oklahoma), quarterback Chandler Garrett (Oklahoma) and offensive linemen Gavin Rush (Nebraska), Jace Webb (Oklahoma) and Dustin Weeks (North Dakota).

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Holmgren covers University of Wyoming athletics. In both 2015 and 2016, the Associated Press Sports Editors named him one of the top 10 beat writers in the country in the under-30,000 circulation category.

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