E.J. Holland reports on recruiting headlines from the past week.
Henderson Picks Texas Despite Mack Brown Situation
Texas head coach Mack Brown will reportedly step down at the end of the week.
So how will that affect Texas’ 2014 class? It’s hard to tell. There may be a couple of decommits, but that aura of suiting up in the burnt orange and white might be enough for most prospects to stay-- unless the new head coach cuts them loose.
Whatever does end up happening, Longview defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson says his commitment is solid after picking Texas over Baylor and Texas Tech on Monday.
"I'm playing for the University of Texas, not for any coaches," Henderson said after announcing his decision.
And by that he means playing for the state’s most storied program. The former TCU pledge always wanted to play for the Longhorns and his visit in September reaffirmed his initial thoughts of the program.
Henderson also took visits to Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas Tech. But Texas’ academics and history of producing NFL defensive linemen pushed him over the edge.
"Texas is D-Lineman University if you ask me. They send them out (to the pros) every year," Henderson told Rivals.com. "One thing that stood out for me (at Texas) is the great education. It's a great school. In my family, that's all we talk about is education."
The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder will enroll at Texas in January and be eligible to participate in spring football.
Waz Flips From Nebraska To Baylor
It’s been a wild ride for Pflugerville Hendrickson defensive back Chanze Waz the last few weeks.
Waz decommitted from Colorado around Thanksgiving and committed to Nebraska at the beginning of December, joining teammate Trai Mosely.
"I picked Nebraska because not only is it a traditional program and they want to win, but the coaching staff is real good and they don't only care about you as a student athlete, but as a person," Waz told Rivals.com. "I will be able to play as a freshman, and come and make a change.”
But a day after making that decision, his recruitment once again turned upside down.
Baylor, the school he always wanted to attend, extended an offer. After visiting Baylor on Saturday and taking in Baylor’s Big 12 title, Waz called the Nebraska coaches on Monday and informed him of his decision.
During an in-home visit on Tuesday, Waz officially joined Baylor’s 2014 class.
TCU Lands Dallas-Area WR
Even those who are die-hard recruiting followers probably hadn’t heard of Keller Fossil Ridge wide receiver Ryan Parker before late last week.
Parker, who hadn’t played football since his freshman year, went unnoticed in most recruiting circles. But he caught TCU’s eye with his spectacular play this season. Parker caught 73 passes for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to being named 4-5A Offensive MVP.
TCU extended a scholarship on Thursday, and Parker wasted no time making a decision.
“TCU offered me, Coach Sharp came up to Fossil Ridge and I talked to him,” he told Scout.com. “I hadn’t talked to them in a minute and then Coach Sharp called me out of nowhere and said they were thinking about offering me and today they offered me. I told him I wanted to go there.”
Parker plans to take his official visit to TCU in January.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.