COLUMBIA -- South Carolina senior offensive lineman Jarriel King underwent last weekend a second procedure in as many off-seasons to correct an irregular heartbeat.
The North Charleston native, a starter the past two seasons for the Gamecocks, has been on medication for the condition. He'd also had surgery in January 2009 that slowed him during last year's spring drills.
Reached Tuesday evening, King didn't want to talk too much about the surgery, other than to say he's doing fine and there's no reason for concern.
"I'm OK," he said. "I'm feeling better than ever."
King has been insistent that his heart condition - diagnosed while he was at junior college, before his arrival at USC -- is more frustrating than dangerous.
He's already bouncing back well. King was watching film and cutting up Tuesday evening with teammates, including Terrence Campbell, Ladi Ajiboye and Garrett Chisolm. Chisolm played at West Ashley before eventually transferring to USC.
Medication can control the irregular heartbeat, but if doctors aren't satisfied when they take an electrocardiograph, or EKG, they can go in for a minor surgical procedure.
Talking in late March after a spring practice session, King told The Post and Courier he'd had another heart episode -- replete with dizziness and chest pain -- during that day's workout.
Doctors decided soon after that another procedure would be helpful for King.
The cerebral 6-5, 310-pound giant doesn't want fans to worry, nor does he want prospective NFL scouts and teams to think he's damaged goods.
This past season didn't go King's way, in part because it was derailed by a late-October concussion. Still, with a new offensive line coach in Shawn Elliott and a clean bill of health, King holds out hope that he'll be part of the 2011 draft.
"I know it's there. I know the opportunity is there," he said last month. "I've got to work to get myself in a spot where I have a chance. I want to show scouts I'm here. I want them to look at me like a No. 1 draft pick."
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