LONGVIEW, TEXAS (KLTV) - For the quarterback of the state champion Longview Lobos, committing to play football for Texas A&M University wasn’t a hard decision to make.
Haynes King told East Texas News that he was glad to get the decision out of the way.
TexAgs, an online fan network, posted a story Wednesday on the news.
“It was tough, you know. We kind of drug it out a little bit,” Haynes King said. “I was supposed to make that decision a little earlier before the Elite 11; it just couldn't happen. I don't think I could have then, so we just waited it out til I was ready. That's what happened, and I believe we handled it the right way.”
John King, Haynes’ father and coach, said the timing of his son’s decision was key because a lot of colleges were “knocking on his door.”
“I think it’s huge because now, he can focus on one thing - Lobos football,” John King said. “I mean, he knows where he’s committed to, and he has an opportunity to play at a great university at Texas A&M, you know, so now, he can focus on playing for the Lobos and us getting ready for the start of the 2019 season.”
Haynes King had scholarship offers from nearly 30 schools, and reports are that Tennessee had the inside track before the Aggies sealed the deal. One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, his arm and legs will fit nicely in the Aggie system.
“We run a kind of pretty good, diverse pro-style as well as A&M does,” Haynes King said. “Doing that, I’m exposed to a lot of new and different type offenses.”
When asked if it was comforting to have his father be in on the decision-making process, Haynes King said, for the most part, his father tried to stay out of it.
“He did supply me with a little bit of guidance and what he knows, but for the most part, at the end of the day, it’s my decision, he told me,” Haynes King said. “I did ask for some help at times. He gave me what he knows, but he still tried to leave it up to me with my decision.”
Haynes helped the Lobos secure a state championship win in 2018, 81 years after the last Lobo state win. The Lobos defeated Beaumont West Brook 35-34 in December to become the 2018 6A State Champions.
The senior player returns this season as quarterback.