Insider: Three offers in three days for King; Perry receives Opening Regionals invite
In Lobo Insider
Feb. 8, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.
Longview sophomore quarterback Haynes King and junior wide receiver Kamden Perry got their connection going early in the 2017 season for the Lobos.
Perry hauled in King's first varsity pass for a 48-yard touchdown in the season opener against Lufkin.
Later in the season, in the state quarterfinals against the same Panthers, the underclassman duo connected again for a throw-and-catch which you've probably heard about.
Kamden Perry hauls in a game-winning touchdown pass against Lufkin in the state quarterfinals in Nacogdoches.(Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Now the offseason recognition is rolling in for both.
King made it a three-offer week on Thursday, picking up an opportunity from Louisiana-Monroe, according to Longview head coach John King. It's King's third FBS, D-I offer since Tuesday, joining Louisiana Tech and Houston, who offered late Wednesday night.
Perry, meanwhile, received an invitation to The Opening Regionals, King said. 2018 is the 22nd year of the premier event sponsored by Nike with regional competitions set for Dallas (Feb. 25) and Houston (April 29). The top 166 athletes from the regional showcases throughout the country are invited to The Opening Finals in the summer.
A 5-11, 165-pound receiver, Perry showcased his ball skills (see above photo) -- and high praise from King for his blocking prowess -- throughout his junior season . He finished his junior season with 46 catches for 661 yards and four touchdowns, really turning in on in the Lobos' run to the state semifinals. Perry (See HUDL highlights) finished with 25 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns in the postseason.
King, who was the LN-J All-East Texas Football Team Offensive Newcomer of the Year, finished his debut season 130 of 240 passing for 2,106 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions, including a 58 of 97 mark in the postseason with 14 touchdowns and three picks. He added 22 carries for 238 yards on the ground for the Lobos, winning 10 straight games after being named the starter.