Zaycoven Henderson and Longview ISD Athletic Director/head coach for the Lobo football team John King


Monday was the day Zaycoven Henderson broke the suspense as to his college destination by signing a national letter of intent to attend and play football for the University of Texas at Austin (UTA.) He is soon to graduate from Longview High School, and will enroll at UTA in January as a business major. Still, athletics are definitely not the only aspect of the university he considered.

“One thing that stood out for me (at Texas) is the great education,” he said. “It’s a great school. In my family all we talk about is education.”

Still, he takes football very seriously and has no doubts it will be a major part of his collegiate experience.

“The best players get to play,” he said. “I’m going to play next year. There’s not going to be any setbacks. I’m going to play.”

Henderson truly shone during his high school junior season with the Lobos. He chalked up 48 tackles and two sacks, but started the 2013 season on the bench because of a broken foot. Despite playing just eight games he finished with 36 tackles, two sacks, jarred loose and recovered a fumble and even scored a touchdown.

LHS Athletic Director/Football Head Coach John King is impressed with Henderson’s powerful, aggressive style of play.

“The thing that stands out most about Henderson is his first step–extremely violent,” he said. “He’s strong with his hands. He throws blockers off and chases the football down.”

King also has no doubt his star defensive player will do well off the gridiron.

“He’s a very likeable kid-very intelligent, and he’s a very smart football player,” said King. “His work ethic will carry him throughout his college career, and hopefully one day he’ll be playing on Sundays.”

After earning a spot on the District 12-5A All-District Team in 2012 and 2013, Henderson received an invitation to play in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 5. His next game after that will be as a UTA Longhorn.


By Kelly Bell/ETR