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Henderson reaffirms commitment to Horned Frogs

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
June 18, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.


Zaycoven Henderson has a rapidly-increasing number of top college football programs expressing interest in him.

More than 20 schools, including Alabama, Oregon and most of the Big 12, have offered Longview's 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle.

But Henderson isn't wavering from the verbal commitment he gave to TCU in late February.

"I'm sticking with TCU," Henderson said. "I'm a man of my word."

Henderson briefly considered taking visits to several of the schools which expressed interest in him, but said that's no longer the plan, a decision aided by a chat with Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson at a recent area TCU camp.

"I've already got a bond with TCU," Henderson said. "So why take visits."

Henderson does plan to attend the Horned Frogs home game against West Virginia in November and could travel to Lubbock to watch the TCU-Texas Tech game on Thursday in September.

Henderson made the decision to commit to the Horned Frogs just as his recruiting was starting to take off. Offers started flowing in shortly after he was named Defensive Line MVP at the Next Level Athlete Top 100 Showcase in Pasadena in late January.

He had six other offers when he committed to TCU, a number that has continued to grow along with his reputation around the country.

Recruiting website Rivals.com upgraded Henderson to a four-star recruit, ranking him the No. 22 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 32 overall player in the state. Scout.com also ranked him a four-star recruit and tabbed him the No. 17 defensive tackle in the nation.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine recognized Henderson as a Class 5A preseason all-state selection, while also listing him with the second-team defense on its Super Team that encompasses every in-state classification.

Henderson maintains regular contact with multiple TCU players. Those relationships coupled with his positive outlook on TCU's future were main reasons he is content to shut his recruiting down early.

"Everybody's back for them," Henderson said. "Almost everyone was a freshman or sophomore last year."

Henderson is looking forward to joining the mix as an early enrollee in January. He even already has his classes lined up.

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