Longview Football Recruiting Updates: Alabama Interested in Zaycoven Henderson + More
John King is a busy man. That’s the case all the time, but it’s especially true considering how many recruits in his 2014 and 2015 classes he must keep up with.
One of the headliners is junior defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson, who recently committed to TCU during a junior day visit. Henderson, who measured 6-foot-1, 275 pounds during the Lobos’ recent offseason combine, holds six offers other than TCU: Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, and Texas Tech.
King said he received a call this past weekend from Alabama expressing interest in Henderson. He added that the Crimson Tide seemed a likely candidate to offer Henderson if he visited the Tuscaloosa, Ala., campus in person.
Nevertheless, Henderson re-affirmed his commitment to TCU on Tuesday night. In addition to Alabama, schools such as Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Tennessee continue to recruit Henderson hard, he said.
Henderson had 48 tackles, 10 for loss, and two sacks in a breakout junior season this past fall.
Longview junior receiver Dorian Leonard recently received his third offer from Florida State, which follows offers from Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
But King said another school is after the athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pound pass-catcher.
“Texas is all over him,” King said.
Leonard caught 21 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns as the Lobos’ second-leading receiver in 2012. Leonard will be Longview’s top returning receiver in 2013 for quarterback Dezmond Chumley, one of several Lobo prospects in the 2015 class.
Longview’s Stephan Maxey and Travin Howard are class of 2014 safeties that could soon receive their first offers.
Henderson and King told ETSN.fm on Tuesday evening that TCU is close to offering the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Maxey, who had 72 tackles, three for loss, and four forced fumbles in 2012. TCU wants to see Maxey in person on a junior day and that he “probably will get offer,” King told ETSN.fm via text Tuesday night.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Howard had 64 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery.
Chumley and the aforementioned 2015 class should be another strong one for Longview.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback joins tailback Ja’Mycal Hasty (5-9, 185) and receiver/tight end Antonio Carter (6-5, 200) as the headliners in Longview’s sophomore class.
A freshman to keep an eye on is 6-foot-5, 350-pound offensive lineman Tim Clay.