RECRUITING: Landen King ready to put the state on his chest, verbals to Texas
HOUSTON - Landen King doesn't point to one particular game or performance that was his breakthrough moment in recruiting circles.
It wasn't just his outlandish performance against Katy Tompkins, where he had 13 grabs for 169 yards and a score. It was his overall consistency - 45 catches for 612 yards and seven scores - game-in and game-out that raised his stock.
"I think it was more of just being consistent all year," King told VYPE in a text. "When it did come playoff time, I stepped up and did my job on the big stage."
The offers poured in for the 2021 tight end once the season was done.
According to 24/7 Sports, King has amassed 28 offers. On April 10, King cut the list down to his Top 10, including Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Oregon.
On Sunday night, King cut that list down again - to just one. The Atascocita junior added to what is becoming an impressive Texas Longhorns' 2021 recruiting class.
"It felt like home," King said. "I kept comparing Texas to other schools. They needed me, wanted me and recruited me. I felt like a very top priority."
King, a three-star prospect, brings the Longhorns' 2021 recruiting class to seven, four of which come from Houston. Texas' class is currently ranked 14th in the country and first in the Big 12 Conference. King adds his name to the pot, which includes Katy Tompkins' Jalen Milroe, Katy Taylor's Hayden Conner and New Caney's Derrick Harris Jr.
King would fill a role the Longhorns need as they haven't signed a tight end out of high school for the 2020 recruiting class.