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4-star JUCO LB Lakia Henry schedules Texas official visit

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After a stretch of relative quiet in the 2019 recruiting class, some big news broke on Monday evening.

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Over the first two visit weekends following the end of the dead period, the Texas Longhorns haven’t hosted any official visitors, but Dodge City CC linebacker Lakia Henry told Orangebloods on Monday that he will visit Austin on Feb. 1:

That’s the final visit weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 1, so it means the Longhorns will have the last say with the former Volunteers pledge. Henry visited Arkansas on the first weekend after the dead period ended and, as per the tweet, will visit Ole Miss this coming weekend.

The 6’0, 225-pounder originally pledged to Tennessee in May of last year over numerous other offers, including one from Texas. At that time, Henry was a promising target for the Longhorns, especially with the success of former Dodge City CC product Gary Johnson at Texas.

In the immediate aftermath of Henry’s decision early this month, he said in an interview that he’s still interested in Texas, along with schools like Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and UCLA. Even more interestingly, Texas was the first school that Henry named on that list.

The visit confirms the interest from the Longhorns in a recruitment that appears likely to come down to Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Texas.

Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has already signed four linebackers at his position group, not including B-backer Peter Mpagi, but given the need there with two starters departing and little returning experience, it would make sense to take Henry if he wants to play his college football in Austin.

A consensus four-star prospect, Henry is ranked as the No. 3 junior college player nationally and the No. 1 junior college inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.