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Lobos' Henderson switches commitment to Texas A&M

By Hayden Henry
Jan. 8, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.


UPDATED: At the end of the day, it was Aggieland for Longview's Zaycoven Henderson.

The four-star defensive tackled confirmed Wednesday that he had committed to Texas A&M -- nearly one month after offering the same pledge to the Texas Longhorns. An ESPN report early Wednesday sparked speculation on Henderson's status before the 6-1, 315-pounder confirmed the rumors.

"(Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin) said that he heard the rumors and that I was a top priority and that they needed the help," Henderson said.

Henderson -- who was an early commit to TCU before decommitting in September -- said he is heading to College Station on Saturday to join the Aggies.

"Lack of it -- that sums it up," Henderson said of the Aggies' defense. "They play good defense in spurts and I feel like I can come in early and help them out quick."

Henderson also said that the departure of former Longhorn defensive tackles coach Bo Davis to USC was a big factor in his decision.

"Him leaving had a big part in decommitting," Henderson said. "I committed to early to TCU after I never really weighed by options. I was committed to Texas and I was fine with that as long as Coach Davis was there. But then he left and I was like 'Dang, the coach that recruited me isn't going to be there' -- we had big things planned.

"Now, I'm heading to Aggieland."

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Lobos' Henderson still committed to Longhorns

Posted: <span>Posted: </span><span class="posted" title="2014-01-08T16:20:00-06:00">Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:20 pm</span>

Longhorn fans got a scare Wednesday afternoon.

Conflicting reports surfaced about the commitment status of Longview four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson – who verbally pledged to Texas on Dec. 9 after committing then decommitting from TCU earlier in the year.

An ESPN report posted Wednesday said that Henderson – fresh off an impressive showing the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl this weekend – had withdrawn his pledge to the Longhorns.

However, Longview head coach John King told the News-Journal on Wednesday afternoon that he had spoken with Henderson earlier in the day and that the 6-1, 315-pound defensive tackle was still committed to the Longhorns and had spoken with new Texas head coach Charlie Strong.

Attempts to reach Henderson were not returned Wednesday.

Henderson will be welcome in Austin even more after fellow four-stars Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren) and Courtney Garnett (New Orleans/St. Augustine) withdrew their pledges this week. Former Longhorn defensive line coach Bo Davis accepted a similar position at the University of Southern California earlier this week.

Henderson took to Twitter about the coaching change on Tuesday, posting 'Why did Bo Davis leave Texas,' to the social media site.

A Distict 12-5A all-district selection, Henderson racked up 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown in limited action due to a foot injury in his senior campaign for the Lobos.

Henderson holds several offers from programs across the country and narrowed his selection down to Baylor and Texas Tech before committing to the Longhorns.

National signing day is Feb. 5.

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