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Horns For Henderson

The Texas Longhorns have had some recent struggles on the field, but off the field things are going pretty well.

Longview's Zaycoven Henderson is headed to Texas.

Monday afternoon Longview four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson committed to the Longhorns. He choose Texas over Baylor and Texas Tech.

The announcement has been a long time coming for Henderson. He’s said to have had the Horns on top since de-committing from TCU back in September and opening his recruitment back up.

Only days after doing so, Henderson visited Texas and didn’t shy away from placing Texas among his leaders publicly. Privately, however, he knew after visiting that Texas was the leader.

The official is when his offer became official and he mentioned it was pretty easy to figure out that Texas was the school for him. Especially with his best friend and fellow Longview teammate Dorian Leonard being committed to the Longhorns already.

"Yeah, Dorian is my boy," said Henderson. "I never had the offer that he had. When I got it, that's where I decided I wanted to go."

Henderson originally held offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and more, but decided in early November to narrow that list of choices down to the Longhorns, Bears and Red Raiders. He indicated he wouldn’t consider any other schools from that point.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound prospect told Horns247 weeks ago that his decision would come down to the school where he felt the most comfortable.

What it also boiled down to, he says, is the quality of education he will receive during his time on the 40 Acres.

"One thing that stood out for me was their great education," Henderson said. "It's a great school. My family, that's all we talk about is education. Make sure you go in with a plan and I'm going in with a plan. I'm majoring in business and education."

Although there's speculation that the coaching staff he committed to today won't be there by the time he arrives on campus, the Longview product says that it makes no difference to him and it's not anything he's concerned about.

"I'm not playing for the coach," Henderson said. "I'm playing for me. I'm playing for my family and my supporters. Texas is going to get the best coach. It's one of the most prestigious programs in the country."

With Henderson’s commitment, the Longhorns now have 22 prospects committed for the 2014 recruiting class. Henderson is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He's the No. 290 prospect overall in the class of 2014 and No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Horns247's Blake Munroe and BearsTruth's Colt Barber contributed to this report.

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