Maryland junior wide receiver Nigel King has asked for and been granted his release to transfer, an athletic department spokesperson told Comcast SportsNet on Friday afternoon.
King has graduated from the university, meaning that he is free to transfer without penalty and is eligible to play immediately for the institution at which he chooses to expend his remaining college eligibility.
“I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the rest of the athletic department staff for their support during my time at the University of Maryland,” King said in a statement released by the school.
“I was able to fulfill my goals of playing college football and, most importantly, earning my degree. After talking with my family, I think it is in my best to pursue a new opportunity. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best this upcoming season.”
King caught 33 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns last season, but would have been part of a loaded receiving corps that also includes Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Levern Jacobs, and others. Because of that, playing time likely would have been scarce.
“I am appreciative of everything Nigel was able to accomplish at the University of Maryland and very proud that he earned his degree,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a release. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
King is a native of Raleigh, N.C. Maryland opens training camp on Monday, Aug. 4.
UPDATE 5 AUGUST 2014, 10:32 a.m.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall made his first public comment about King at the opening of training camp on Monday.
“We wish Nigel well," he said. "He graduated, which is the number one priority for him. We’ll just wish him well and focus on the guys that are here.”