Another Texas Longhorns target is taking his talents out of state and across the Red River.
On Sunday, Carrollton Ranchview athlete Michael Henderson, who’s had a Texas offer in hand since late last July, announced his commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners, which has long been his projected landing place.
Henderson’s commitment comes on the heels of his weekend unofficial visit to Norman.
A three-star talent currently ranked as the nation’s No. 358 player and No. 26 athlete, per the 247Sports Composite, Henderson wasn’t without an abundance of options, owning 22 offers. Last November, Henderson trimmed that list to six finalist, which featured Texas, Florida, Nebraska, SMU, Texas A&M, and, of course, Oklahoma. The Longhorns inclusion on that list came after a pair of trips to the Forty Acres in the previous months, as Henderson camped with Texas on July 31, which netted him his Longhorns offer, and then returned to Austin on Sept. 15 for the USC game.
Henderson has since returned to Texas once more, visiting the Longhorns earlier this month on Feb. 2, but nevertheless, those recruiting efforts weren’t enough to keep the 6’2, 220-pound athlete from taking his talents elsewhere.
A standout on both sides of the football, Henderson does play quarterback, but he was largely being recruited as an outside linebacker. To that end, the Longhorns are still searching for their first pledge at the position, Though Texas does have some intriguing options such as top-ranked Seattle (Wa.) Garfield outside linebacker Sav’ell Smalls, and Bishop Dunne product Brennon Scott, among others.