- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Three-star defensive end Bryson Henderson (Mansfield, Texas/Summit) has been very high on TCU for months -- so high that it wasn’t a matter of if but when he actually would commit to the Horned Frogs.
Tuesday was the big day for the 6-foot-6, 250-pound lineman, as he became TCU’s ninth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Henderson chose TCU over offers from Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Henderson said the choice was easy, primarily when he factored in proximity from his home. TCU is less than half an hour away from where he lives. TCU's move to the Big 12 also helped Henderson’s decision.
“I didn’t want to get too far away from home,” Henderson said. “My family and I talked about it a lot, and I told my mom that I was ready to make my decision. I knew I wanted to be close, and I really like the football program and the coaches."
Henderson, the younger brother of NFL defensive tackle and former Oklahoma standout Adrian Taylor, was recruited by TCU co-offensive coordinator Rusty Burns. Henderson had 75 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception for Summit in 2011, lining up as both a defensive tackle and a defensive end.
Henderson added that the TCU academic advantage proved to be a major factor. He has an interest in broadcasting, and TCU has a solid communications program.
“I saw the broadcasting building, and I thought that’d be a very good place for me,” Henderson said. “I’m all about my academics; it goes with the sport. Add that, plus my parents can watch all my home games, and I knew TCU was right for me.”
Henderson said his love for TCU wasn’t a secret. He was once reported as a commit back in March but said those statements were false, as he wanted to take as much time possible to make the correct decision.
“I just had to take my time and think of what I really wanted to do. I didn’t want to rush into it,” he said. “I wanted to be ready for the right time, and I felt like [Tuesday] was the best time for me.”
Henderson is the first defensive lineman to commit to TCU from the 2013 class. Projected as a college defensive end, Henderson is No. 50 nationally at the position and ranked No. 77 among all players in Texas.
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