UPDATE (9:22 p.m.): To say the last 24 hours of Zaycoven Henderson’s recruitment were bizarre would be an understatement – a huge one.
The four-star Longview defensive tackle decommitted from Texas Tuesday night on the heels of Texas assistant Bo Davis leaving Texas for USC.
By Wednesday morning it was looking like one of the most prized uncommitted recruits, for lack of a better term, left in the Lone Star State would head to Texas Tech. Then reports surfaced Charlie Strong reached out to Henderson and convinced him to stay true to his pledge to the Longhorns – though to be fair all this happened after Henderson decommitted from TCU back in September (are you seeing a trend?).
Things went quiet for a few hours and it seemed like the Tuesday night/Wednesday morning buzz was all for not, until it wasn’t.
At 8:37 Wednesday night Henderson sent out this tweet:
Yes, Henderson, the No. 33 overall player in the state, is now headed to Texas A&M. For those counting Henderson was at one time or another tied to four of the five major schools in Texas. Sorry, Baylor.
The loss leaves Texas without a defensive tackle committed in its 2014 class. Strong extended an offer to Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian Academy tackle Chris Nelson – a current Louisville pledge – earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Texas A&M now has 21 pledges in its 2014 class, a group that ranks third nationally, according to 247Sports.
Henderson is expected to enroll at A&M for the spring semester.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): ESPN is reporting Zaycoven Henderson has recommitted to Texas after a conversation with new Texas head coach Charlie Strong, according to a conversation with Longview head coach John King.
Other reports at this time are unclear whether or not that conversation with Strong will be enough to keep Henderson from ending up at Texas Tech.
Defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson is the latest 2014 Texas commitment to back off of his pledge.
The four-star Longview defender became the third defensive tackle to officially drop the Longhorns after news broke Tuesday afternoon that defensive tackles coach Bo Davis would be leaving Texas for USC.
Henderson was committed to the Longhorns for less than a month. He chose the Longhorns over Texas Tech in December after originally backing off a verbal pledge to TCU. All signs point to the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Semper Fidelis All-American joining the Red Raiders, but as of now he is essentially a free agent.
Defensive tackles Courtney Garnett and Trey Lealaimatafao both announced their change of heart via Twitter Tuesday evening. Henderson is the highest rated of the three departed tackles, ranking as the No. 33 overall player in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.
Texas now has only three defensive linemen in its 2014 class, none of which are tackles. This would be the second year in a row the Longhorns fail to sign a defensive tackle if new head coach Charlie Strong and his staff can’t earn a commitment by signing day on Feb. 5.
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