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Monday, December 9, 2013
Longhorns get 4-star, in-state DT commit

By Damon Sayles

It’s been an interesting recruiting ride for four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview). It came to an end on Monday afternoon.

And once the ride stopped, Longhorns fans rejoiced.

Zaycovian Henderson
DT Zaycoven Henderson becomes Texas' 23rd pledge of the 2014 recruiting class.
In front of teammates, coaches, friends and family at Longview High School, Henderson verbally committed to Texas and became the Longhorns’ 23rd pledge of the 2014 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 318-pound defensive tackle chose Texas over Baylor and Texas Tech.

Henderson is the fourth defensive tackle to give the Longhorns his verbal. He’s the No. 36 defensive tackle in the nation, and he’s ranked No. 47 among 2014 players in the Lone Star State. Henderson had out-of-state offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Ole Miss, but he said he wanted to play college football in the state of Texas.

Henderson will join high school teammate Dorian Leonard in Austin. Leonard, a three-star receiver, committed to Texas in June.

Henderson’s pledge to Texas took on more weight than just him being another big commitment.

For those keeping count, it also meant another Texas high school player decommitted from TCU to join the Longhorns. Since 2012, the Horned Frogs, prior to Henderson, had lost three pledges -- 2014 receiver Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln), 2015 safety Johnny Shaw (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) and 2012 athlete Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson). Henderson originally committed to TCU in February but decommitted in September to explore other options.

Henderson, a Semper Fidelis All-American, took an official visit to Texas the weekend of Sept. 20. He was recruited to Texas by offensive line coach Stacy Searels.