Tennessee already had a firm commitment from four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey in the 2020 class. That didn’t stop the Vols from going after fellow four-star signal caller Haynes King, however. The Vols ramped up the pressure on King after Jim Chaney took the offensive coordinator position this winter, despite their position with Bailey.
As the race went into the summer, it seemed like a two school race for King — with Tennessee and Texas A&M set to battle it out.
Tonight, the Aggies officially won the battle. King announced his commitment to Texas A&M on Wednesday night, giving Jimbo Fisher his quarterback prospect of the future.
BREAKING: Quarterback Haynes King has committed to Texas A&M football. King was the highest-ranked QB prospect remaining in the class of 2020 who had yet to make a commitment: https://t.co/HLaOAf6MUm pic.twitter.com/hEKAxc2APC— 247Sports (@247Sports) July 17, 2019
King is the 32nd overall player in the class, according to 247 Sports. He is the second ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class. Coming out of Longview, Texas, it was always going to be a tough pull for Tennessee with King.
Tennessee is now left with Harrison Bailey as their lone 2020 quarterback commitment. Bailey is no slouch himself, checking in at 161st overall in the class, per 247 Sports.
Bailey has been the face of Tennessee’s 2020 class since committing in late November of 2018. The Marietta, Georgia product put together an impressive week at the Elite 11 camp, going toe to toe with King throughout the week.
Tennessee has two seasons left with Jarrett Guarantano under center. Brian Maurer and JT Shrout are currently behind Guarantano — each with four years of eligibility remaining. With Bailey coming in next season, it will be interesting to watch that quarterback room shake out.