In college football recruiting these days, a commitment isn’t really a commitment until the recruit has signed on the dotted line of their letter of intent. Up until that point, a verbal commitment is little more than lip service. So despite Zaycoven Henderson giving his verbal commitment to the TCU Horned Frogs over three months ago, he is still planning on seeing what else is out there from some of the nation’s top programs. Do the Frogs have anything to worry about?
The three-star recruit has the size and athleticism to make an immediate impact at the next level, which has peaked the interest of programs like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles, Texas Tech Red Raiders and Ole Miss Rebels in addition to TCU. This summer, Henderson plans on taking official visits to all five schools to see what each has to offer and see if someone other than TCU can give him the opportunity he’s looking for.
Henderson says that there are two things that hold the most weight in his decision and that’s playing time and preparation for the NFL. He wants to go to a program where he will be given a shot at starting next fall (as he plans to enroll early wherever he signs) and a program that would give him a path to the next level with a track record of producing NFL talent.
While Henderson admits that TCU doesn’t have the long track record of sending defensive tackles to the pros (though they have a few) but is intrigued by the chance to get on the field right away. That feeling has only been reinforced by his budding relationship with current TCU defensive lineman and 2012 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Devonte Fields. The two met on one of Henderson’s three trips to TCU and have kept in touch since the recruits commitment.
For now, the Horned Frogs are firmly in control for Henderson and appear in strong position to keep his commitment come national signing day. But with top-notch programs and football programs bringing Henderson in for a visit, could the highly sought defensive tackle change course?