According to The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, former Houston star quarterback D’Eriq King will enroll in classes at Miami on Tuesday.
King confirmed Navarro’s reporting late Monday afternoon via his Twitter account.
This is an enormous score for the Hurricanes, who are off a nightmare campaign in Manny Diaz’s first season as head coach since replacing Mark Richt. Then again, it might be LSU, Arkansas or Maryland that lands the coveted signal caller.
Miami finished 2019 with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread, getting embarrassed by La. Tech in a 14-0 loss at the Independence Bowl.
UM’s offense was so atrocious in Shreveport that it didn’t touch the red zone once in four quarters against the Bulldogs, who were without their All-American cornerback Amik Robertson, who chose to skip the game to stay healthy for the NFL Draft.
King had a spectacular 2018 season when Major Applewhite was the head coach at Houston and Kendal Briles was his offensive coordinator. The Cougars averaged 43.9 points per game and went 8-5.
King completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,982 yards with a 36/6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He ran for 674 yards and 14 TDs, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Applewhite was fired after the 2018 campaign. UH replaced him by hiring Dana Holgorsen away from West Virginia.
Four games into Holgo’s tenure, King decided to shut down his season and retain a year of eligibility by taking advantage of the new four-game rule as it pertains to redshirts. He had connected on just 52.7 percent of his throws for 663 yards with a 6/2 TD-INT ratio.
King had run for 312 yards and six TDs, averaging 5.7 YPC. For his career, King has a 50/10 TD-INT ratio, 28 rushing TDs, three TD catches and one kickoff return for a TD.
Jarren Williams, a redshirt freshman, and sophomore N’Kosi Perry split the starting QB duties for the Hurricanes in 2019. Williams connected on 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,187 yards with a 19/7 TD-INT ratio. Perry completed 53.5 percent of his throws for 1,045 yards with an 8/3 TD-INT ratio.
Earlier this month, a Miami Herald report cast a negative light on Miami’s storied football program, one that won five national titles from 1983-2001, but has been a shell of its former shelf for more than a decade.
The report indicated Williams was one of several players who missed curfew while out partying the night before a humiliating loss to Florida International. The ‘Canes went 0-2 vs. C-USA teams in 2019 after falling to their former head coach Butch Davis’s Panthers and to La. Tech.
Many, including Diaz who said as much in his post-game presser, consider the loss to FIU as the lowest moment in the proud program’s history.