Back in September reports surfaced that Houston’s star QB D’Eriq King was leaving the Cougar program all together:
Which at the time was pretty shocking considering King was perfectly healthy and had played all four of the Cougars games. In those four games, he threw for 663 yards and 6 touchdowns, as well as rushed for another 312 yards.
People speculated he was potentially trying to stay healthy for the NFL draft or enter the transfer portal. Then later that same day, King released a statement saying he was in fact staying in Houston but just sitting out the remainder of the year:
Which then led to Houston offensive lineman, Justin Murphy, going on a twitter rant blasting Coach Holgorsen for convincing King along with other top players to use their redshirt in order to preserve eligibility for next season.
But now we’ve gone full circle because Yahoo! Sports just reported King is essentially gone from Houston and that LSU, as well as anywhere Kendal Briles ends up are the most likely destinations for King next season:
There’s little chance that King will return to Houston, as he’s expected to enter the transfer portal in the postseason and garner interest from top programs like LSU, Georgia and Florida State. (Former Houston OC Kendal Briles is the offensive coordinator at FSU, and wherever Briles is coaching next year would loom as a potential landing spot for King.) Don’t discount LSU, which will need to replace Heisman favorite Joe Burrow.
To me, King leaving Houston seemed pretty obvious from the jump. However, I do disagree with the report that he’s going to land in LSU. Because if history repeats itself, and it does, King will no doubt be a Boomer Sooner next season. Gross.