Four days ago, Dodge City CC linebacker Lakia Henry decided to end his longtime commitment to the Tennessee Volunteers by re-opening his recruitment:
The 6’0, 225-pounder originally pledged to the Volunteers in May of last year over numerous other offers, including one from the Texas Longhorns. 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, 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.
Henry took an official visit to Fayetteville when he was still committed to the Volunteers and plans to take another official visit to Oxford this month, leaving two official visits remaining.
Could the Longhorns still have interest in Henry despite already having four signees at the position? Linebacker is no longer the need that it was and Henry will be a May enrollee, so those factors probably count against him, but he is talented enough as the nation’s No. 1 junior college inside linebacker to draw some further consideration. He also has enough experience and maturity and project as an instant-impact contributor, too.
With the dead period ending on Thursday and recruiting set to heat up for the run to National Signing Day, don’t be surprised if the Longhorns reciprocate that interest.