Maryland junior wide receiver Nigel King has been granted his release from the school and will transfer, the athletic department announced Friday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound King figured to be in the mix this fall at wide receiver, one of the the team’s deepest position groups. The junior was listed as the backup to Deon Long on the preseason depth chart.

Said King in a statement released by the athletic department: “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. 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.”

A Raleigh native, King was one of the country’s top prep receiving prospects when he arrived at College Park in 2011. He posted 33 catches last fall and recorded a team-high four touchdown catches. King averaged 13.6 yards per catch in 12 games, 10 of which he started.