A year after signing quarterback Josh Jackson as a graduate transfer, Maryland is pursuing Houston graduate transfer quarterback D’Eriq King, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound King, who would be eligible to play in 2020, is reportedly visiting Miami on Friday before coming to College Park for a Saturday visit.
As a junior two years ago, King started the first 11 games of the season for Houston before injuring a knee in a 48-17 win over Tulane.
The Cougars were 8-3 in games that King started. He completed 63.5% of his passes (219 of 345) for nearly 3,000 yards, throwing 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He also rushed 111 times for 674 yards and 14 touchdowns.
After returning last season, King played in just four games before deciding to redshirt. He announced last week that he had put his name into the transfer portal.
With Dana Holgorsen coaching the Cougars rather than Major Applewhite, King completed just 52.7% of his passes (56 of 110) last season for just 663 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 55 times for 312 yards and six touchdowns. Houston was 1-3 at the time and finished 4-8.
Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who is not allowed to comment on recruits, said on national signing day in December that the Terps were in the market for players at several positions, including quarterback.
Last season, quarterback Josh Jackson, who has one year of eligibility remaining, came to College Park with much fanfare from Virginia Tech, where he threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2017 before breaking a leg early in the 2018 season.
After throwing for seven touchdowns and just one interception in leading the Terps to a 2-0 start that included an upset of then-No. 21 Syracuse, Jackson struggled with his consistency as well as staying healthy.
In a season interrupted by a high ankle sprain against Rutgers that forced him to miss three games, Jackson completed just 47.3% of his passes (98 of 207) for 1,274 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Jackson also reportedly played despite injuring his non-throwing shoulder early in the season.
Maryland’s other options for 2020 also include fifth-year senior Tyrrell Pigrome, who as Jackson’s primary backup struggled with accuracy and decision-making.
For the season, Pigrome completed 58.5% of his passes (69 of 118) for 719 yards, with three touchdowns and six interceptions, including a pair of pick-sixes.
Locksley’s other option for 2020 remains Lance LeGendre, a former four-star prospect who flipped to Maryland on national signing day in 2018 after reportedly leaning toward Florida State. LeGendre saw limited snaps last season, showing off his skills as a runner by gaining 108 yards on 13 carries in three games. He threw only three passes, completing one for 7 yards.
LeGendre’s freshman season ended when he suffered a dislocated shoulder after being tackled at the end of a 26-yard carry — his longest of the season — in a 54-7 loss to Nebraska.
Locksley had missed out on two other quarterbacks: four-star prospect Jeff Sims of Jacksonville, Florida, who Maryland hoped to flip after he decommitted from Florida State, and Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman. Sims wound up choosing Georgia Tech over the Terps on national signing day. Earlier this week, Newman, who reportedly was considering Maryland, chose Georgia, where he hopes to replace Jake Fromm.
247 Sports was the first to report on King’s visits.