"King, meanwhile, was recruited by most schools as a receiver...UH was one of the few to offer as a quarterback."
Then he should get a chance at QB. Especially when the other QB's aren't getting the job done. Two ways it could go for King. 1) He is a successful starter and plays QB through his senior year and goes the Ward route to the NFL. 2) He struggles at QB and goes back to playing wide receiver the next two years and probably still goes as an undrafted free agent because UH's most successful wide receivers don't exactly have a history of being drafted anyway.
So how does it hurt King, Applewhite or UH to start the guy that had the best passing numbers in high school out of all three of the current candidates?