In this series, I am going to look at the ‘non-obvious’ players coming into college this year. So I won’t be going through the five-star recruits such as Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence as you will already be very aware of them. This will generally be a look at three-star recruits or lower who I believe will have a huge impact in college football over the next few years. It only felt right that I start this series with a look at my favorite running back recruit in Ta’Zhawn Henry.
Coming out of high school, Ta’Zhawn Henry received over 20 offers from colleges including Houston, Nebraska, and TCU. The 5’8” 175lb running back out of Lamar, Texas has an opportunity to be incredibly relevant straight away having been recruited to Texas Tech. He joins the Red Raiders who currently have Tre King, Da’Leon Ward, and fellow freshman SaRodorick Thompson as the only true running backs on the roster. So it is safe to say that competition is slim for Henry to stake his claim as the number one guy on the team.
Taking a look at his high school career, during his three seasons at Houston Lamar, Ta’Zhawn Henry rushed for over 3,300 yards and 42 touchdowns including 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, despite missing several games due to an injury – leading Lamar to the Class 6A Division I regional finals. He was listed as the number 18 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals and listed as the number 88 recruit in the state of Texas. When you take a look at the top-ranked RB in Zamir White, there are obvious differences between the two (such as White’s obvious height and weight advantage) and their play style would appear to be different, however, they are both very capable of creating holes on the line, White uses his strong power and good speed to break into space, Henry uses great speed and his elusiveness to work himself into space. One thing is for certain, once either of them breaks away from a defender, there is a good chance you won’t catch them as they are both equally good at evading tackles.
When you look at video on Ta’Zhawn Henry, one thing that is obvious is his how elusive he is. His vision is incredible which combined with his ability to shift his body weight on the spot, makes him incredibly difficult to tackle. His overall athleticism is also good. He isn’t the fastest guy in the NCAA by any stretch (but he is still pretty quick), but the way he plays means he can get around that. You may remember a video that went viral a while back of a player hurdling two guys in one jump. You guessed it, that is Ta’Zhawn Henry.
He should be a natural fit in Texas Tech’s ‘Air Raid’ offense as a result of both his ability to score from anywhere on the field and his pass catching ability. One thing he does need to work on, however, is his size. Playing in the Big 12 isn’t easy for a freshman, so if he can put on some muscle, he may lose a bit of speed, but the strength he would gain would be invaluable at this level. If he can shake off his injury history and stay healthy, I would fully expect him to be a very useful asset in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense over the next few years. Ta’Zhawn Henry is definitely a player to look out for in any Devy leagues you may be in.
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