With signing day quickly approaching for the class of 2015, more and more players are flying off the board. With all the fanfare that surrounds the biggest day of the recruiting season, it can be difficult to focus on 2016 prospects when this year’s crop of talent is so close to realizing their dreams of signing with a program. That is unless you’re talking about one of the best players in the country for 2016, and D’Eriq King is one such player. Ranked as a Scout 300 player (#240), King has drawn heavy interest from some of the nation’s elite programs and now finds himself on the doorstep of a big time decision.
Holding offers from programs such as TCU, Baylor, Cal, Clemson, Louisville, Michigan State, Rutgers, UCLA, Texas Tech and Washington, King finds himself in an enviable position. With so many quality programs in pursuit of his signature, we asked King which schools have recruited him the hardest to date?
”I’m hearing from TCU a lot” said King. “Texas Tech, Cal and Baylor, those are the other schools I’m mainly hearing from.”
Signing day for the class of 2016 is about 13 months away, but that isn’t stopping King from pulling the trigger sooner rather than later. The talented athlete form Manvel High School in Manvel, TX says he’s narrowed his focus to five schools and he’ll choose one of the five sometime this week.
”I have a top five” he said. “It would be Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, University of California and UCLA and hopefully I’ll announce my decision in a couple of days.”
With his choices narrowed to five schools, King says distance is not a factor, however he has yet to visit the two California schools in his final group (Cal and UCLA).
Committing so early in the process can help players in multiple ways and for King, he says he is focused on getting better as a player and the sooner he makes his decision, the more he can focus on improving. With that in mind, the explosive play maker shared the key things he is looking for in a program.
”The most important thing to me is the system” he said. “The coaching staff and whichever school will let me play quarterback are the other main factors.”
”Most of the schools have told me I can play quarterback but the ones that are standing out are the ones that I think will actually give me a shot. The recruiting process has been pretty good and it’s exciting, but I’m just ready to get it out of the way and focus on getting better. It’s been pretty good though.”
When a Scout 300 player announces, it makes headlines. For TCU, they’re hoping that King picks the Horned Frogs and gives them their fourth 4-star commitment (also 5th Scout 300 commitment) in what would be their 7th pledge overall.
King has big plans for his future off of the field as well and for a while, considered majoring in Engineering but after discussing it with friends and family, that has now changed.
”I was thinking about majoring in engineering but most people told me that it’s really hard to do that and play football at the same time” said King. “I’ll probably major in business and I talked to Coach Cumbie about TCU’s business school and he told me that it would be a great school for me.”
With a final decision coming down in the next couple of days, stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com for the latest from Scout 300 star, D’Eriq King.