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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Henderson reverses course, will attend UT

By Max Olson

Less than 24 hours after deciding he wasn’t going to Texas, Zaycoven Henderson has had a change of heart.

According to Longview coach John King, the four-star defensive tackle spoke with new Longhorns coach Charlie Strong and feels secure in his pledge.

“He’s going to Texas,” King said. “He said he had a good conversation with Coach Strong and he’s committed to Texas.”

Fellow Texas commit and Longview teammate Dorian Leonard said he and Henderson spoke extensively about this decision and Leonard is confident Henderson will follow through on his pledge.

“He’s not [decommitting],” Leonard said. “We had a long talk about it. He was a little bit torn, but I just told him Texas is the best place for him and to stick with it. He will.”

Henderson, an early enrollee who is 6-foot-1 and 318 pounds, is expected to leave for Austin, Texas, on Friday and start classes on Jan. 13. He did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Henderson’s brief decommitment came after fellow four-star defensive tackles Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren) and Courtney Garnett (New Orleans/St. Augustine) decommitted on Tuesday. Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis has left the Longhorns for a similar position at USC.

Texas entered the week with six commitments on the defensive line. The Longhorns now have four in Henderson, three-star defensive end Sione Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller), three-star defensive tackle Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) and ESPN 300 defensive end Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan), the team’s top-ranked commit.

Henderson originally committed to TCU last February but decommitted in September. On Dec. 9, Henderson gave Texas his verbal pledge during a ceremony at his school. He chose Texas over Baylor and Texas Tech.

Leonard, a three-star wide receiver who has been committed to Texas since June, said he also intends to honor his commitment.

“I talked to Coach Strong. He said my scholarship is still good there if I want to go there,” Leonard said. “I felt like he’s going to be a good coach and it’s a good thing for Texas. I feel like that’s the best place for me to fit in. I’m going to be a Longhorn either way.”