King decides to go pro

Justin King is going pro.

Penn State’s junior cornerback will surpass his final season of eligibility in hopes of entering the NFL Draft, his stepfather, Terry Smith, confirmed Sunday.

The 6-foot, 188-pounder from Monroeville picked up his liberal arts degree in December. The deadline for underclassmen to decide to enter April’s draft is Tuesday. The last Nittany Lion to leave school early for the NFL was linebacker LaVar Arrington, who did so after the 1999 season.

“He felt like he accomplished all he could at Penn State,” said Smith, who coached King at Gateway High School and played wide receiver for Penn State in the early 1990s. “When he (enrolled at) Penn State early, it was to get his degree, which he received.”