- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Round one of the new Charlie Strong-Kevin Sumlin recruiting rivalry goes to Texas A&M, as the Aggies were able to flip Zaycoven Henderson in what will go down as one of the wildest recruiting stories of the season; Bobby Petrino's hiring at Louisville received mixed reviews from coaches and recruits; and what type of recruiter is Michigan getting with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier?
Aggies win first battle against Strong
College football’s second season is known for plenty of twists and turns, but few will match the bumpy ride that four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) gave Texas and Texas A&M fans Wednesday. Henderson, the No. 36 defensive tackle, decommitted from Texas, then recommitted to the Longhorns, only to flip to Texas A&M in less than a 24-hour span. Henderson’s decision came in the wake of coaching changes at Texas and the Horns chances slipped majorly when defensive line coach Bo Davis accepted a position at USC. It also marks the first victory for A&M coach Kevin Sumlin over new Texas coach Charlie Strong. Henderson is an early enrollee that was scheduled to start classes in Austin next Monday, but now he’ll be attending classes in College Station. Henderson originally committed to TCU last February but decommitted in September. On Dec. 9, Henderson gave Texas his verbal pledge during a ceremony at his school.
Petrino hiring draws mixed reviews
There were no shortage of opinions in the college football world on Louisville bringing back Bobby Petrino as its head football coach, but in the end it’s the high school coaches and recruits that matter most. To win big at Louisville, Petrino will have to win both over, despite his past issues. RecruitingNation colleague Jared Shanker visited with a number of coaches and recruits about the hiring and there definitely were some positive and negative opinions on the Cardinals’ move. I did think it was interesting that Petrino talked about second chances and recruiting during his introductory press conference. “I have a lot of understanding for young men, and the obstacles they have to overcome,” Petrino said. “They’re going to make mistakes, and I’m going be there to help them and give them a second chance.”
Nussmeier will help Wolverines
New Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier wasn’t known as one of the best recruiters on the Crimson Tide staff, but it’s hard to rise to the top when you’re on a staff that includes some of the best-of-the-best around. Still, Nussmeier does have one of the best eyes for quarterbacks around. Going back to his days at Michigan State, Fresno State, Washington and then Alabama, he’s always managed to land talented QBs, and I would anticipate the same to happen recruiting for the Wolverines. With his national ties, he will help Michigan walk into about any high school in the country and get them interested in the Wolverines.
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