Atascocita junior wide receiver Landen King, right, celebrates a touchdown against South Houston with teammate Colby Mouton in 2019. [Houston Chronicle]

BEVO BEAT Football

Three-star tight end Landen King backs away from Texas pledge

Posted May 22nd, 2020

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The fickle nature of recruiting in an environment without visits and in-person contact was illustrated Friday afternoon when three-star tight end Landen King de-committed from the Longhorns less than a month since he pledged to Tom Herman’s program on May 22. The Longhorns’ 2021 recruiting class now sits at 10 members, ranks 11th in the nation and first in the Big 12. 

King is expected to commit to Auburn following his de-commitment from Texas. Fellow 2021 prospect, Galena Park North Shore quarterback Dematrius Davis, recently pledged to Auburn, which should give the Tigers an extra advantage in the current cycle because of how respected Davis is among his peers. Davis is a member of the Fabulous 55 and a two-time Class 6A Division I champion.

Texas’ recruiting class doesn’t include another tight end prospect unless three-star athlete Juan Davis of Everman, a prep quarterback and wide receiver, adds weight to his 6-4 frame and moves inside. King is the second tight end in the 2021 class to back away from his Texas commitment, following Lake Travis tight end Lake McRee. 

PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor4July 23 (2019)
Juan DavisWR/TEEverman3July 26 (2019)
Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan4July 31 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney4Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan5Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial4May 2
Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Martin4May 10
Jonathon BrooksRBHallettsville3May 15
Casey CainWRWarren Easton (La.)3May 15
Isaac PearsonPProKick AustrailiaNRMay 29
Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball4June 15
JD CoffeySKennedale4June 15
Jamier JohnsonCBJohn Muir (Pasadena, Calif.)4July 3
Gunnar HelmTECherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)3July 27
Michael MyslinskiCBishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.)3Aug. 6
Jaden AlexisWRMonarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.)3Aug. 8
Charles WrightQBAustin3Aug. 22

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