Tennessee only needed to host Lakia Henry on one visit to win him over and earn his commitment.
The junior college linebacker has the potential to play early and make an immediate impact in the 2019 season for the Vols.
— Lakia Henry (@Lakia_henry_4) May 20, 2018
Let’s get to know the eighth commit of the class:
Skill set: Henry controls the middle of the field and attacks run plays with ferocity. His ability as a physical run stopper is likely what caught Tennessee’s eye. The 3-4 defense needs a linebacker willing to attack ball carriers, and Henry fits the bill.
Immediate impact: Darrin Kirkland Jr. will exhaust his eligibility this upcoming season. That could be why coach Jeremy Pruitt went the junior college route in finding a replacement. The opportunity to play early should be there if Henry’s play translates to the SEC.
Fitting into the program: The style of play and mindset have been important for each of the eight 2019 commitments. Pruitt wants to develop a championship culture on Rocky Top. To do that, he knows he must bring in prospects who care about winning and competing above everything else. Henry should fit in well with the coaching staff’s wishes.
Recruiting at the position: Henry will be paired with the crown jewel of the 2018 class, JJ Peterson, at linebacker. That’s a foundation that could be one of the best groups in the SEC after a season. There are no other current linebacker commitments. This is a position undergoing an overhaul, and the Vols will be targeting top prospects to accelerate the process.