From the Longview Independent School District:
LONGVIEW, TX - Zaycoven Henderson on Monday ended weeks of speculation by signing a national letter of intent to play college football at the University of Texas.
Henderson will graduate from Longview High School in the coming weeks and plans to enroll at the university in January and begin working toward a business degree.
"One thing that stood out for me (at Texas) is the great education," Henderson said. "It's a great school. In my family, that's all we talk about is education."
He also plans to play a little earlier than traditional recruits.
"The best players get to play," Henderson said. "I'm going to play next year. There's not going to be any setbacks. I'm going to play."
After a junior season during which the 6-foot-1, 293 lb. defensive tackle recorded 48 tackles and two sacks, Henderson began the 2013 campaign a few games into the season because of a fractured foot. In eight games as a senior, he recorded 36 tackles, two sacks, caused and recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown.
"The thing that stands out most about (Henderson) is his first step – extremely violent," Lobos Head Coach/Athletic Director John King said. "He's strong with his hands. He throws blockers off and chases the football down."
King added other reasons that he expects Henderson to do well at the next level.
"He's a very likeable kid … very intelligent. And he's a very smart football player," King said. "His work ethic will carry him throughout his college career and hopefully, one day, he'll be playing on Sundays."
In addition to being named to the 12-5A All-District Team in 2012 and 2013, Henderson was selected to play in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 5.