Hours after several reports emerged that Houston quarterback D’Eriq King would enroll with the Miami football program another story developed that the graduate transfer has not made a definitive decision yet.
Matt Shodell of CaneSport initially broke the information on Sunday morning, followed by Manny Navarro of The Athletic that Houston graduate transfer quarterback D’Eriq King decided he was going to sign with the Miami football program.
By Sunday afternoon that King had not yet made a decision where he would sign. Most major media outlets that cover the Miami football program and national media outlets the cover college football reported that King was on his way to Coral Gables. Now that appears it could be in question.
FOX Houston sports anchor Mark Berman reported that King texted him he is still weighing his options. Its a cliche to say we will find out when we find out but that’s where we currently are at awaiting on King to make an official announcement about his decision.
The information for most of the week since King announced he entered his name in the transfer portal point towards Miami. That seems to have evolved a bit. Miami was anointed the third favorite behind LSU and Arkansas to sign King.
D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_), who is transferring from @UHCougarFB, says he has yet to make a final decision on where he’s going: “I haven’t committed to anybody yet. I’m still looking at my options. I visited Miami. I liked it, but there are other options I’m still trying see to..” pic.twitter.com/E4kz2xypWR
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 19, 2020
Since then, LSU has lost passing game coordinator wunderkind Joe Brady to the Carolina Panthers as their offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to Baylor to replace Matt Rhule who left for the Panthers as the Bears head coach. Arkansas appears to be out of the running.
Miami walkon linebacker Ryan Ragone who is from Houston hosted King on his visit to Coral Gables. Rising juniors, running back Cam Harris and wide receiver Mike Harley also spent time with King this weekend. All three sent out a not so cryptic tweet using a crown emoji obviously in relation to King.
A lot could be read into that in hindsight. At the time it seemed like a declaration from all three that King was ready to announce a commitment to the Miami football program. The tweet sent out by Berman clearly indicates otherwise. Now it becomes a matter of who has the best sources. According to Ragone, go to the source.
I understand the Media has a job to do and wants to be the first to report things but going around DM’ing people other than the actual person for information ain’t right. Guess y’all’s momma never taught y’all to never to take someone else’s word except their own.
— Ryan Ragone (@TheRyanRagone) January 19, 2020
King canceled a trip to Maryland this weekend according to multiple reports including Navarro. If King is going to enroll at Miami he needs to do so no later than Tuesday to attend Miami this semester and participate in spring practice. The deadline at Arkansas for the spring semester was Thursday, LSU is January 23.
The potential addition of King to the Miami football roster continues the makeover of the Hurricanes offense during the 2020 offseason. Offensive coordinator Dan Enos, offensive line coach Butch Barry and as was reported on Sunday afternoon, wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield have all departed.
Enos and Barry were dismissed and replaced by Rhett Lashlee as the new offensive coordinator and Garin Justice on the offensive line. Stubblefield chose to leave Miami to become the wide receivers with Penn State. The next couple of days could determine the success the Miami football team has in 2020.