Mike Locksley is swinging for the fences again. This time, the Maryland head coach is trying to land high-profile Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King, who entered the NCAA transfer database following the end of the 2019 season.
According to Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports, King will be visiting College Park on Saturday. He will be making the trip to Maryland after a visit to Miami on Friday.
King announced earlier this week that he would be entering the NCAA transfer portal, and is wasting no time in exploring his options. He was one of the top passers in the AAC in 2018, throwing for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 11 games. He also completed over 63 percent of his passes. King was also a major threat on the ground, rushing for 674 yards and 14 touchdowns.
This season, King played in the first four games before deciding to utilize a redshirt season. The Cougars were 1-3 to start the season with King under center. He threw for 663 yards and six touchdowns in those four contests. He also rushed for 312 yards and six additional scores.
Locksley was able to land Virginia Tech transfer quarterback Josh Jackson last season, who had an outstanding freshman season with the Hokies before suffering an injury in 2018. Jackson’s first season with Maryland didn’t go as planned, as he threw for just 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns while completing a meager 47 percent of his passes.
The Terrapins finished the year 3-9.
King would be a nice addition under center for the Terrapins, and his dual-threat ability would be an asset for Locksley’s offense. But whether a well-established quarterback like King would want to join a Maryland program that’s still in a rebuilding stage is a big question.
Either way, Locksley was at least able to get King on campus, and that’s the first step in the whole process.