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Plenty of talent remains on Lobo football roster

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
Feb. 7, 2013 at 10 p.m.


National Signing Day was Wednesday, but Longview will still have plenty of football talent walking around its campus in the fall.

Juniors Zaycoven Henderson and Dorian Leonard have already been offered spots by Big 12 power Oklahoma, while the sophomore class includes several promising prospects.

Following is a breakdown of the top Longview recruits in the 2014 and 2015 classes.

<strong>1. ZAYCOVEN HENDERSON (6-3, 276), DT, Class of 2014. Stats in 2012: 48 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR.</strong> - Henderson was Longview's most physically-dominant player on either side of the ball as a junior and has already drawn offers from Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU while receiving interest from Texas, Texas Tech and others.

His combination of size, strength and agility make him a daunting matchup for opposing offensive linemen. He often beat double teams and was a near-constant disruption in the backfield.

He turned heads by winning Defensive Line MVP honors at the Next Level Athlete Top 100 Showcase in Pasadena on Jan. 20.

He should have an even more dominant senior season in store as the offers continue to roll in.

<strong>2. DORIAN LEONARD (6-4, 200), WR, Class of 2014. Stats in 2012: 21 catches, 444 yards, 4 TDs.</strong> - Leonard stood out despite playing in an offense that struggled to throw the ball consistently. His combination of height, quickness and sure hands were visible enough to earn a scholarship offer from Oklahoma.

His skill makes him a prototypical high-FBS prospect. The OU coaching staff compared him to former Lobo and Sooner Malcolm Kelly.

Junior-to-be quarterback Dezmond Chumley's progression could lead to a big senior year and more recruiting attention for Leonard.

<strong>3. JAMYCAL HASTY (5-10, 185), RB, Class of 2015. Stats in 2012: 340 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, 87 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 87 kickoff return yards.</strong> - Hasty played sparingly as a sophomore, but showed flashes of big-play ability when he was on the field. He already had college programs' attention after running a 4.33 40-yard dash at TCU, a 4.38 at Texas A&M and a 4.47 at Oklahoma last summer.

His stock could skyrocket in the fall when he is odds-on favorite to replace graduated back Tory White. His size and mix of speed, agility and toughness make him an FBS talent with two years left in his high school career.

He might be the most high-profile recruit on campus by the time his senior year rolls around.

<strong>4. STEPHAN MAXEY (6-0, 185), S, Class of 2014. Stats in 2012: 72 tackles, 4 FF, 3 TFL, 3 PBU.</strong> - Maxey played closer to the line as a junior after racking up more than 100 tackles while playing free safety in 2011.

He was still productive in his new spot and warranted an invitation to Oklahoma's junior day. His stock will likely rise over the summer.

<strong>5. TRAVIN HOWARD (5-11, 180), S, Class of 2014. Stats in 2012: 64 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INTs, 2 PBU.</strong> - Howard earned a starting job midway through the season and was a physical presence stopping the run from the safety spot.

Arguably his best game came against North Little Rock and Alabama running back commit Altee Tenpenny. He finished with a season-high 12 tackles, including several big stops against Tenpenny for short gains.

He attended Oklahoma's junior day with Henderson, Leonard and Maxey. He will likely garner more attention in the spring and summer.

<strong>HONORABLE MENTION:</strong> DE Deroderick Alexander – Class of 2014, 6-1, 240; TE Antonio Carter – Class of 2015, 6-5; QB Dezmond Chumley – Class of 2015, 6-0, 180; OL Vernon Hutchinson – Class of 2014, 5-10, 290; LB Jaylon Jackson – Class of 2015, 6-0, 200; RB L'Darrius Peterson – Class of 2014, 5-8, 160; OL Broderick Washington – Class of 2015, 6-3, 280; DL Qydarius Washington – Class of 2015, 6-0, 240; TE Jordan Whitaker – Class of 2014, 6-3, 190.

<em>(Follow Jimmy Carter on Twitter: @jicartersports)</em>

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