FRISCO — A foot here, a foot there, Longview quarterback Haynes King meticulously critiqued his performance over the past five days competing among the premier talent coast-to-coast.
Others would call his five-day showing at the Elite 11 and then The Opening Finals, well, elite.
King emerged from the nation’s top 20 quarterbacks over the course of the weekend and, on Wednesday at the conclusion of the event at The Star, walked away with the prestigious Elite 11 honors.
“I felt like I did okay at times,” King said. “I’ve got to work on some consistency, I missed a foot low at times where if it was a foot higher, it was completed or not deflected.
“Overall, it was a good experience.”
It was an experience that cemented King’s elite status in the 2020 class. King, one of two uncommitted quarterbacks in the final 11, was ranked at the top or near the top of 247Sports’ rankings throughout the competition. The daily rankings and the final 11, as were the overall MVP honors, were voted on by the quarterbacks in attendance.
According to a final ranking by 247Sports, where he finished No. 3 behind overall MVP CJ Stroud and USC commit Bryce Young, King “showcased some of the best footwork and processing speed on hand, going through his reads and getting rid of the football quickly,” wrote 247Sports national analyst Charles Power.
King, according to 247, finished 50-of-76 for eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the 7-on-7 portion of the week. He clocked a 4.52 40-yard dash and a 4.02 shuttle.
Meticulous best describes King’s decision on where he will take his services following his Lobo career. Originally expected to make a decision prior to heading to Frisco this past Friday, King needed more time to decide among Duke, Auburn, Texas A&M and Tennessee, where he took four official visits in June with the latter two appearing to lead the charge.
Over the past five days, it was about competing.
“I completely shut it off,” King said of his decision. “I didn’t text anyone back as much this week and I tried to stay focused on competing.”
Instead, King focused on his game, which, according to reports, thrived under pressure throughout the event and getting to know the prospects gathered at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“This week has been very interesting,” King said. “You had some eye-popping moments where you just look at life from different viewpoints.
“You might not have been through what someone else went through. It changes your perspective a little bit in seeing how these guys see the world and how you see the world. Just learning new viewpoints from guys all over the country, that was pretty cool.”
After a whirlwind month of official visits and the competition, King’s next month will likely include a decision as preparation for the Lobos’ state title defense ramps up.
“I learned some new stuff that I will try to carry over into the season to not only help me but help the team,” King said. “I’m ready to get back to work.”
Longview begins fall drills Aug. 12.