If you follow Big 12 recruiting, the name Ta’Zhawn Henry certainly isn’t new to you. The 5-foot-8 all-purpose back from Houston has been highly touted by most of the conference for the better part of the last year, and after a number of twists and turns, the talented back finally made his final college decision, just a few days ago. After receiving an offer in early December and visiting in late January, Ta’Zhawn has officially committed to Texas Tech, and will be shutting down his recruitment.
Onto My Next Chapter
Texas Tech University.. pic.twitter.com/6FgLKPSUTM
— ᵀᴴ¹ (@TazhawnHenry) February 4, 2018
THE HENRY FILE
Henry is the 17th member of Tech’s 2018 class, and the second running back, along with three-star back SaRodorick Thompson, who committed late last week. Incredibly, every member of the class is from Texas, and with only a few spots left in 2018, the Red Raiders could very easily finish with a class occupied entirely by Texans. That amount of in-state production isn’t new for Texas Tech, but it’s rare to see so much in one class.
Henry, as mentioned, had a very busy recruiting cycle. He started receiving offers as a sophomore, when Houston extended one in January of 2016, and started to get Big 12 interest a year later, as Baylor and Iowa State both offered very early on. Kansas State, Kansas and TCU all followed suit, and after visits during the summer to both ISU and TCU, Henry announced his commitment to TCU. However, in December, Henry opened his commitment back up, picked up offers from Texas Tech, Nebraska and Oregon State, and shifted his focus to those three schools.
While Oregon State pushed hard, getting Henry on campus, the location of Texas Tech, and the relationships Henry had formed with the TTU coaching staff was enough to keep him in the state at Lubbock.
On the field, Henry compliment s his classmate Thompson extremely well. He’s an explosive playmaker, with an impressive jump cut, great vision, and enough speed to make plays in open space. He’s not an every down back, thanks to his lack of size, and he’s not a speed demon, but he’s a very capable back, that will eat up yards and give defenses a ton of issues with his elusiveness. He could also develop into a very good pass catcher, making him a perfect fit for Texas Tech’s air raid offense.