A prospect that is worth an add to the 2020 Texas football recruiting class thanks to athleticism and versatility was on campus this past weekend.
The quarterback depth present in the last few recruiting classes for the Texas football program helped to drive success on the field for the 2018 season. Texas football did, and continues to do, a great job on the recruiting trail by picking up signal callers that can effectively run the offensive scheme under head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
The ideal quarterback for Herman and Beck to run this Texas football offensive scheme is a tough dual-threat guy that knows how to hold up while running an attack in the faced paced world of the Big 12. Rising junior star signal caller Sam Ehlinger is a good example of someone that can thrive in this offense, but his injury history is worrying.
A dual-threat quarterback that could be the best in program history that big Texas football fans will always come back to is the legendary national title winner Vince Young. While comparing Young to any other Texas football recruit at quarterback isn’t fair or realistic with them coming out of high school, there’s something we can takeaway from that point.
The aspect that Texas football recruiting wants to get from a tough dual-threat quarterback like Young is the amount of elusiveness that he had to get to the sidelines and slide when necessary. Doing that while picking up significant yards on each scramble gives a quarterback the longevity to thrive as a dual-threat.
This is where the 6-foot-2 and 220 pound Carrollton, TX, three-star dual-threat quarterback Michael Henderson becomes a factor for Texas football. The Ranchview High School product is getting a good amount of attention nationally for just a three-star prospect. Henderson’s offer sheet is also growing rapidly.
As of Feb. 5, Henderson holds more than 21 offers including his from the Texas Longhorns. A few of the other notable offers he has came from the SMU Mustangs, Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oregon Ducks, Tennessee Volunteers, and Texas A&M Aggies.
Moreover, back in November 2018, Texas football was included in the top six dropped by Henderson. Texas was included in a group that also featured SMU, Oklahoma, and Florida Gators. But, that top six Henderson posted on his Twitter timeline was later taken down.
This past weekend, a huge weekend of official visits were on the Forty Acres for Texas football recruiting. That group of recruits on official visits on campus included Henderson. It was the first visit for Henderson to the Forty Acres since he had an unofficial visit and offer from the Horns back in July 2018.
Yet, Henderson is a prospect that could add a new dynamic to the quarterback position for the 2020 recruiting class for the Horns. He is a raw dual-threat quarterback with a ton of athleticism and a potent arm. Henderson also ranks as a top 350 2020 high school prospect in the nation and the No. 26 athlete. He isn’t officially classified as a quarterback in his 247Sports composite ranking.
RIvals does rank Henderson as the nation’s No. 13 dual-threat quarterback which is a good indication of where he falls in that group. The 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions gives Oklahoma and SMU the early edge to snag the commitment of Henderson. And, Rivals FutureFanCast gives the Sooners the slight edge. Both SMU and Oklahoma were in the top six that Henderson retracted on social media on Nov. 14.