Traditional wisdom dictates that no recruiting class is complete without a quarterback, and it looks like Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher has found his man for the 2020 class. On Wednesday afternoon, four-star Longview QB Haynes King verbally committed to the Ags, after delaying his commitment several times in recent weeks.
King - who chose A&M over the Tennessee Volunteers, Auburn Tigers and Duke Blue Devils - is a national top 100 prospect (#79 to be exact), is the #3 dual threat quarterback and the #13 recruit in the state of Texas. He is A&M’s 14th commit in the 2020 recruiting class, which is currently ranked 9th in the nation by 247 Sports.
This marks the first class in which Jimbo has gotten a quarterback from the Lone Star State since he came to Aggieland in December 2017. His quarterbacks from the previous two classes came from Alabama (James Foster, 2018) and Georgia (Zach Calzada, 2019). While QB is an important position for obvious reasons, from a recruiting perspective, having a blue chip QB commit is also often a gateway to landing other highly touted skill players. No receiver or running back wants to join a team if they don’t know who will be throwing the ball to them, and with the proliferation of social media and 7-on-7 tournaments in the past decade, recruits are connected far beyond their own high school rosters. With three of the five top dual threat quarterbacks in the country residing in Texas, snagging one of them was key for this recruiting class.
All hail the Haynes King!