With all the cancellations around high school sports this spring, one of the things that also was cancelled was spring football.
For many programs, like North Shore, that is a right of passage of the East Side of Houston. For many its time to start answering roster questions for the next season and working on fundamentals when they have the time to do it in the spring.
A few weeks ago, VYPE Media gathered some of the top football coaches in Houston - Jon Kay (North Shore), Craig Stump (Atascocita), John Snelson (Dickinson), Shaun McDowell (Foster) and Cedric Hardeman (Conroe) - to discuss some of the big questions surrounding their programs and more as we push through this pandemic.
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.