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TCU adding to strong quarterback depth in 2016 recruiting class

Manvel quarterback D’Eriq King can scramble to find the open receiver or rush for a long gain. He is one of two quarterbacks in TCU’s 2016 recruiting class.
Manvel quarterback D’Eriq King can scramble to find the open receiver or rush for a long gain. He is one of two quarterbacks in TCU’s 2016 recruiting class. Houston Chronicle

Manvel quarterback D’Eriq King will never forget his visit to TCU.

But his favorite memory of the day wasn’t the Horned Frogs’ 50-7 rout of Texas.

It was his conversation with Trevone Boykin, who told the recruit that he saw a little bit of himself in him.

King, a 247Sports four-star recruit committed to TCU, would have to agree.

Like Boykin, King uses his legs to buy time to find open receivers, often firing a pass for a big gain. He has the athletic ability that might demand the ball early in his career at TCU.

“His versatility allows him to move around and if he’s not able to beat out an older guy on the roster, he’ll have the chance to play receiver and get some reps that way,” HornedFrogBlitz’s Jeremy Clark said. “They want to get the ball in his hands whether it’s at quarterback or receiver.”

The addition of King and Brennen Wooten of San Angelo Central adds more depth to an already stacked quarterback position at TCU. And Denton Guyer’s Shawn Robinson is pledged for 2017.

TCU’s recruiting class of 2016 also includes several tall, rangy defensive backs and an outside receiver to fill the void left by graduating seniors Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee. TCU has around six more spots to fill.

King said TCU coaches have told him they want a mobile player.

That is certainly a key part of King’s game. He has rushed for more than 600 yards in leading Manvel to the fourth round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs. With King at the helm, Manvel has scored 70, 71 and 75 points in its three playoff games.

But King is more than a strong athlete who used his legs to propel his high school team to success. He is also the 6A career touchdowns leader.

National Signing Day is Feb. 3, 2016

Earlier this season, King threw his 118th touchdown passes, breaking the record held by Kyler Murray, the Texas A&M quarterback who led Allen to three state titles.

“It was a pretty big deal, to be honest,” King said. “You have guys like Colt McCoy and all the top quarterbacks on that list, and for me to pass them over, it was a neat experience.”

King, at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, was recruited as a quarterback, and he expects to follow in Boykin’s footsteps.

Given TCU’s depth at the position, King might have to wait to demonstrate his talent there. Four quarterbacks will return in 2016, including Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill, a Southlake Carroll grad who is expected to compete for the starting job.

Joining King in the recruiting class is Wooten, a three-star pocket passer who ranks 16th on the state’s career passing yards list.

“It’s an honor to even play football in this state because it’s the best in high school football, and to be able to even be mentioned with guys like Drew Brees and Colt McCoy and guys like that, it’s an honor,” Wooten said.

Other top recruits

ATH Sewo Olonilua (6-2, 217), Kingwood: Asked whom they were most excited to team up with, many TCU recruits mentioned Olonilua. The two-way player will provide a physical change of pace in the backfield for TCU.

DE Isaiah Chambers (6-4, 241), Houston MacArthur: A consensus four-star recruit, Chambers is ranked by most as TCU’s top pledge.

DB Vernon Scott (6-3, 195) , Mansfield Summit: Scott fills a great need. He’s a a large defensive back who can cover the bigger receivers in the Big 12.

S Innis Gaines (6-2, 190), Beaumont West Brook: Another big defensive back who has flown under the radar through recruiting and is now ranked the ninth-best safety in the state. Clark says Gaines will remind Frogs fans of former TCU safety Chris Hackett.

WR Taj Williams (6-3, 180), Iowa Western CC: The junior college route is not one Gary Patterson frequents often, but Williams is a big snag for TCU, which graduates both of its starting outside receivers this season. Williams is ranked as the No. 1 junior college wide receiver in the class. Williams has caught 77 passes for 949 yards and 11 touchdowns.

TCU senior quarterback looked back on his final home game at TCU in a two overtime win over Baylor. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

Travis L. Brown: tbrown7137@gmail.com, @Travis_L_Brown.

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