Four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview High) teased Texas Longhorn fans on Wednesday evening, first decommiting from the program before reportedly having a "good conversation" with new head coach Charlie Strong and re-affirming his vows to play in Austin, according to Max Olson of ESPN.com.
Soon after that report, however, Henderson tweeted that he would instead be playing a couple hours east for the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station:
Henderson is the No. 278 overall player and 23rd-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2013, per the 247Sports composite. He doesn't have ideal height for the position (6'1'', 280 lbs) but with a strong, thick build, he should be able to plug gaps against the run and become a solid rotational lineman.
Wednesday was just the latest, and not necessarily the last, wild turn in Henderson's recruitment. According to EJ Holland of The Dallas Morning News, he originally committed to TCU in February but flipped his choice in December, choosing Texas over Baylor and Texas Tech at the time.
If he was to leave the Longhorns, most people thought, it would be for Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders in Lubbock, which always appeared to be more on his radar than Texas A&M. The Aggies weren't even mentioned on his 247Sports "Crystal Ball" predictions.
Henderson and fellow 4-star tackle DeShawn Washington join 5-star end Myles Garrett and 4-star end Qualen Cunningham to give Texas A&M a deep, impressive class of talent along the defensive line. It's a much-needed influx, too, after Kirby Ennis was injured in 2013 and the lack of depth in the trenches was exposed.
Until Henderson signs his letter of intent, it's hard to say whether his commitment should be written in pencil or pen. He has been fickle throughout the entire process, so one more sudden turn would come as a shock to no one.
But for now, he appears solidly in favor of the Aggies.
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