Meet IU football commit Austin King

With national football signing day just a week away, is taking a closer look at some of IU's football commits in this class. Yesterday, we looked at Brandon Wilson. Today, the focus is on three-star quarterback Austin King from Alpharetta, Ga.

With signing day just a week away on Feb. 4, is hoping to introduce Indiana football fans to some of its commits. The first way we’re doing that is looking at players who have Scout Spotlight videos that have been done on them.

Yesterday, we looked at Brandon Wilson, the 6-4, 238-pound defensive end from Winter Garden, Fla. West Orange High School.

Today, we will take a look at a high-level quarterback that is among the current number of 19 commits that IU is hoping to sign next week.

Austin King, who had originally committed to North Carolina State but flipped to IU on Dec. 15, is a three-star prospect by from Alpharetta, Ga. As a high school senior, he threw for more than 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Here is the Scout Spotlight Video for Austin King.

The quarterback position is an interesting one for the Hoosiers given the struggles that took place a year ago after Nate Sudfeld suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season at the midway point against Iowa. Backup Chris Covington was injured that same weekend and his season came to an end as well. Zander Diamont, the third string quarterback, was forced to take over and IU became predominantly a run-oriented offense led by Tevin Coleman.

Diamont started the final six games. He threw for 515 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He completed just 48.5 percent of his passes. He was 1-5 as a starter with the victory coming in the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, 23-16.

Sudfeld was 3-3 as a starter before going down against Iowa. He threw for 1,151 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes. The year before, as a sophomore, Sudfeld threw for 2,523 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That season he completed 60.2 percent of his passes.

This season, Sudfeld and Covington are back and Diamont will battle those two for a spot in the lineup. King is also expected to be in that mix.

There was a time earlier in the recruiting period that Indiana thought that Decatur Central’s Tommy Stevens would be the prospect it was looking for at the quarterback position. Stevens committed early to the Hoosiers but later flipped to Penn State.

My sources have indicated that King and Stevens are comparable in their abilities. Stevens was an early priority because IU coach Kevin Wilson is committed to recruiting the state of Indiana hard, but when Stevens flipped King was the player they were quickly very interested in.

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