Auburn has gone into the state of Texas, yet again, to bolster its 2021 class with one of the premier tight ends in the country.
Three-star tight end, and former Texas commit, Landen King committed to the Tigers Monday morning via Twitter, choosing Auburn over Georgia and Washington.
King is the first tight end of the class but is the 10th commitment overall, and the third from Texas, joining Dematrius Davis and Jaeden Roberts. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect is the 9th ranked tight end nationally and is the No. 79 recruit from Texas (Atascocita High School), according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings. Last season, he caught 53 passes for 853 yards and nine touchdowns.
Although King is only listed as a 3-star, the Tigers have placed more emphasis on him and believe he’s better than the stars indicate. He’s a versatile option, possessing the ability to line up as both a receiver and as a tight end/H-back. The Texan has quick feet and above-average speed for a prospect at his size and position with the trajectory to be a weapon in the Auburn offense.
Auburn has led in the recruitment of King since his de-commitment from Texas, despite not being able to ever have him on campus in person for a visit. The relationships made virtually with offensive coordinator Chad Morris and tight ends coach Larry Porter made the difference for King, as well as Morris’ history of being able to utilize tight ends proficiently in his offenses.
With this commitment, Auburn jumps from No. 24 to No. 21 in the 247Sports recruiting team rankings.