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Lakia Henry commits to Tennessee after Nebraska visit
Sometimes, recruiting moves too quickly to harness any previous momentum. Such was the case in the Nebraska football team’s recruitment of junior college inside linebacker Lakia Henry.
Henry attends Dodge City Community College and committed to Tennessee on Sunday, two days after the Huskers hosted him for an unofficial visit.
“It went awesome,” Henry told Land of 10 regarding the visit. “I really enjoyed Nebraska.
“I enjoyed the facilities. I enjoyed putting on the outfit and seeing the stadium. I enjoyed getting to talk to the coaching staff, getting to learn the defense.”
He also liked Lincoln as a city.
“It was all around a nice experience,” he said.
Henry was primarily recruited to Nebraska in the Class of 2019 by inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and coach Scott Frost.
Ultimately, it wasn’t enough to beat out the Volunteers, which hosted him for an unofficial visit last month. Henry promptly named them his leader and it stayed that way, leading to his commitment.
“Their message was that I can come in and be a playmaker,” Henry said. “This first year is going to be good, but it’s not going to be as good as next year and that I can come in and be a big difference next year as a player and as a person.
“Nebraska has always been one of my top-3 schools. That’s why it’s one of the schools I visited before all these other schools.”
The football history at Nebraska stuck out to Henry.
“Nebraska was a winning program once upon a time,” he said. “Coach Frost and all the other coaches on the coaching staff, they’re going to make a really big difference and they’re really going to be back on the rise again. Who doesn’t want to be part of a winning football program?”
After his Nebraska visit, Henry checked out Ole Miss on Saturday. He had planned on making his decision based off those three visits and must have felt comfortable enough doing so on Sunday.
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— Lakia Henry (@Lakia_henry_4) May 19, 2018
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Henry is the No. 3 junior college recruit in the class and the top prospect at the inside linebacker spot.
Nebraska is recruiting other JUCO options at linebacker, namely Jermaine Johnson, who visited Nebraska last week. There has been momentum between those two parties. However, missing on Henry definitely hurts, since he could have provided a shot of life to the linebacking corps and helped turn the defense around in Year 2 of the Frost era at Nebraska.
Once again, a recruiting battle between Tennessee and Nebraska took place, with the Vols taking this round.
Tyler Goodson names Huskers to top 8
In spite of having two running back commitments in the 2019 class, the Huskers are still receiving interest from targets at the position across the country.
One is Tyler Goodson, a 3-star back who named the Huskers to his top 8 on Sunday.
Kentucky, Washington State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Iowa State, Iowa and Wake Forest also made the cut. The Suwanee, Ga., native claimed he holds no school above another in the grouping. However, one 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction has been made in favor of the Mountaineers.
“I have chosen these schools as I felt they were the best fit for me academically, and the best fit to continue my football career,” Goodson wrote in a Twitter post.
Goodson is the 40th-ranked running back and No. 605 overall prospect in the class.
With Thomas Grayson and Rahmir Johnson already on board in 2019, there is not much room for another back in the class. However, if another fit presents itself, running backs coach Ryan Held will not be afraid to scoop up another prize for his backfield.
Nebraska offered the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back on March 6. Since then, he’s been busy on the recruiting trail. He took unofficial visits to North Carolina, West Virginia and North Carolina State and officially visited Iowa the weekend of April 20.
Goodson appears to have a solid idea of which schools have prioritized him and he’s rewarded them by including these programs in a top 8. From a Huskers standpoint, however, I’m not sure the space is there for Goodson to be an automatic take for Held and the staff. He remains a prospect to keep an eye on, though.
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