Earlier this week, the Houston Cougars announced the intention to sit star quarterback D’Eriq King. The decision ultimately exhausts the signal caller’s redshirt allowing the senior to retain a single year of eligibility. In a press release by the university, King said, “”I came here to play football for the University of Houston and that is not changing.” Yet, many question the validity of the statement given the recent success of transfer quarterbacks — specifically with the Oklahoma Sooners.
Here’s why the pairing may not be an option for the talented signal caller…
First and foremost, we must take King at his word for the time being. There have been no indications that the high profile signal caller truly desires to part ways with Houston. But even if those are the intentions, it won’t be made clear until later down the road.
Secondly, while playing on the high school circuit King crossed paths with none other than Kendal Briles. At the time Briles served in various roles at Baylor University from 2008 through 2016. Behind turmoil from the previous season and the inability to secure a letter of intent from the dual-threat quarterback, Briles accepted a position with Florida Atlantic. However, the offensive coordinator and King were reunited in 2018 when Briles joined the Houston staff.
Under the direction of Briles in 2018, the QB/OC with the Cougars for a single year, King racked up 2,982 passing yards alongside 674 rushing yards. Posting 43.9 point per game, there weren’t many teams capable of keeping pace with the Cougars in terms of offensive production. Now separated as Briles has moved on to Florida State, the potential to reconnect sits on the table — again that’s assuming King decides to enter the transfer portal down the road.
Lastly, if King were to look at joining the Oklahoma Sooners, he would find himself in a position battle with not only Tanner Mordecai but also the highly touted freshman named Spencer Rattler. It’s no secret that Lincoln Riley has successfully worked with transfer quarterbacks before placing them in the NFL. However, these next few seasons feel though the program must rely on those that have been recruited out of high school or a standard will be set.
If Oklahoma refuses to lean on the talents of a player like Spencer Rattler for the foreseeable future, it risks losing those on the roster as well as those committed like Brock Vandagriff. For the record, the continuing trend of taking in transfers could equate to the loss of two top ranked quarterbacks in their respective recruiting classes. This situation already played out for the No. 7 QB in the class of 2016, Austin Kendall. Of course, all of the above is just my opinion of how things might play out but if it were to come to fruition, the risk is not worth the reward — no slight to King!