Tennessee fans are thrilled with their quarterback commit for the 2020 class, Harrison Bailey of Marietta, Georgia. However, it now appears that Tennessee is in the mix for another highly ranked QB, Haynes King of Longview, Texas.
Haynes King is a 4 star and is the 2nd ranked dual threat quarterback, according to 247 Sports. King, whose lead recruiter is Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, is reportedly going to visit Texas A&M and Tennessee before making his decision, according to a 247 Sports article by recruiting guru, Steve Wiltfong.
Wiltfong also said that he believes Tennessee is the front runner right now. According to another 247 Sports article, King says that his top schools are Arkansas, Baylor, Tennessee, Auburn, Duke, and Texas A&M. However, it appears that Tennessee and A&M are the main 2 powers in his recruitment right now.
As for King’s abilities as a player, I had the opportunity to watch some of his highlights and was extremely impressed by both the arm strength and mobility of King. The dual threat’s ability to run greatly reminds me of Johnny Manziel. His running ability always keeps opposing defenses on their feet as they must be concerned of both his ability to scramble, and his ability to burn them through the air at all times. His elusiveness and mobility would work perfectly with a Tennessee offensive line that is currently attempting to rebuild.
Without a doubt, his best ability comes in the form of throwing on the run. Not only does his mobility keep defensive linemen up at night, but he is also able to torch secondaries while under pressure, making their life even harder. In short, the sacks he avoided were simply unreal and pressure does not seem to rattle him in the least.
As if his résumé couldn't get anymore impressive King is also a multi-sport athlete. He is both a varsity basketball player and a varsity track and field athlete. King would be a massive addition for Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee offense, as well as one that UT seems to really want.
He visits the Aggies on May 31st and Tennessee on June 7th.