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King chooses the Longhorns

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The Longhorns’ Class of 2021 got a boost Sunday when Landen King committed to the Longhorns.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound tight end from Atascocita High School in Humble chose Texas over 27 other offers including Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington.

King’s film supported his emergence on the recruiting scene this spring. He fits the mold of a Tom Herman tight end; long, athletic, willing blocker, and great hands.

What made UT stand out above the rest?

“Just how comfortable I was with Coach Herman and (tight ends coach Jay) Boulware,” said King.

King noted after UT offered him on February 1st that it was ‘unreal’ to garner the chance to play at Texas.

Landen King, TE – Humble Atascocita
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How he fits at Texas: Atascocita got a ton of usage out of Landen King in his junior year, essentially deploying him like Texas did with Andrew Beck and Lil’Jordan Humphrey in 2018. They’d motion him into the box to block from a H-back or tight end alignment but they’d also flex him wide where he caught 53 balls for 815 yards and nine touchdowns. He never seems to be moving very fast but he has an outstanding feel for route running and getting open. He also has the hands and body control to bring the ball in when quarterbacks gets their sights on King’s 6-foot-5 frame. He’s 210 pounds now and his ceiling will come when he fills out to 240+ so his hands and feel for getting open can be paired with effective blocking. King isn’t explosive but he’s a really good fit for the kind of versatile tight end that Texas needs to tie together their offense. – Ian Boyd

Coach says
Strengths – Tall frame with good proportion. Lots of room to add bulk. Shows good upper body strength. Good balance especially on contact. Footwork is very good for a man this size. Has been used in a variety of ways (TE, H-back, FB, X WR) and his coach knew how to scheme for him. Highlights remarkable for a good number of routes to all levels. Sells a good route with all of the proper body mechanics and he gets open. Soft hands and a natural pass catcher. Adjusts well to the poorly thrown ball. Maximizes his catch radius and uses his size to body up smaller defenders. Has a number of good highlights as an in-line Y which is unusual these days. Balanced in his stance and fires out under balance on the snap. Physical and willing blocker with good hand placement and good stalk technique. Finishes plays and has a nose for the goal line when he has the ball. Some nice production with over 15 yards per catch and nine TDs last season.

Areas for Improvement / Concern: A bit of a plodding runner without much lower body explosiveness. Tight-hipped and loses speed on his cuts. Straight line speed isn’t going to outrun many people at the next level. Highlights almost exclusively in zone coverage. Ability to beat press is unclear. Limited highlights versus man show he does not stack the defender in pass routes consistently.

How this affects Texas: As it stands, UT views this cycle as a two-TE class. Washington, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and Georgia Tech are among his offers, but when Texas jumped in, they took the proverbial lead in this sweepstakes. He can a do a little of everything, which is the type of tight end that Tom Herman covets. The Horns look to have the early edge here. – Justin Wells 

King is the seventh member of UT’s Class of 2021 joining Ja’Tavion Sanders (Denton Ryan), Derrick Harris Jr. (New Caney), Billy Bowman Jr. (Denton Ryan), Juan Davis (Everman), Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor), Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins).