King's decision to transfer makes him a highly sought-after signal-caller
Houston quarterback D’Eriq King has decided to transfer for his senior season, becoming a sought-after signal-caller for the 2020 college football season. King passed for 50 touchdowns and 4,925 yards in four years with the Cougars and added 1,421 yards and 28 scores on the ground. After playing in four games under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen in 2019, King decided to redshirt and later entered the portal on Jan. 13. King’s dynamic all-around ability would be a big-time addition to several teams in contention for a conference title next season.
Where could King land as a transfer? Here are five teams to watch (in alphabetical order):
5 Potential Transfer Destinations for D'Eriq King
King thrived under current Arkansas coordinator Kendal Briles when he called the plays at Houston in the 2018 season. Before suffering a season-ending injury, King threw for 36 touchdowns and 2,982 yards and ran for 674 yards and 14 scores that year. The senior would have a clear path to a starting job in Fayetteville.
Florida State’s quarterback room features two incoming freshmen and James Blackman and Jordan Travis, but a talent like King would be tough to pass on if he’s interested in a transfer to Tallahassee. Additionally, based on Norvell’s work at Memphis in developing high-powered offenses, the new staff would certainly make the most of King’s talents in 2020.
LSU has a significant void under center with Heisman winner Joe Burrow out of eligibility. Myles Brennan worked as the backup to Burrow in 2019 and heads into the offseason as the favorite to start. However, King would be a dynamic addition in LSU’s spread attack and would thrive under the play-calling of Steve Ensminger and Joe Brady. The Bayou Bengals seem like the frontrunner in this race to land King.
After a disappointing 6-7 season, Miami coach Manny Diaz jettisoned play-caller Dan Enos and plans on implementing a spread attack in 2020. New coordinator Rhett Lashlee arrives in Coral Gables after guiding SMU’s offense to an average of 41.8 points a game in 2019. Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry had an up-and-down year under center for the Hurricanes last season, and as evidenced by the acquisitions last offseason, Diaz won’t be afraid to dip into the transfer portal.
The Ducks were rumored to be in the mix for Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman before he decided to attend Georgia. Justin Herbert (3,471 yards and 32 TDs) has finished his eligibility, leaving a significant void under center for 2020. Tyler Shough is the frontrunner after working as the backup to Herbert, but freshmen Cale Millen, Robby Ashford and Jay Butterfield will also be in the mix.
Worth a Mention but Unlikely Landing Spots
Barring a change of plans, Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is headed to Athens to replace Jake Fromm as Georgia's starter in 2020.
Full disclosure: It seems unlikely Lincoln Riley will take a graduate transfer with Spencer Rattler ready to take over the starter. However, King is a dynamic quarterback and would thrive in Oklahoma’s offense. Barring a surprise, it seems King won’t be the second transfer quarterback in Norman.