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Important visit for Lakia Henry
Tennessee is set to host linebacker Lakia Henry on an unofficial visit this weekend. He’s one of the best junior college prospects in the country, and Tennessee has a unique opportunity to stand out to the impressive prospect.
“I know it’ll be fun and all that, but I’m really just ready to see the coaching staff,” Henry told SEC Country. “I’ve never been to a [major-college] place before. This will be my first chance to see what a [Division I] facility looks like.”
That’s right. Henry never has taken a visit to an FBS school before, let alone a school with top-notch facilities like Tennessee.
Henry was a bit of a revelation last season for Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. The Power 5 offers started to come in February. He received no interest from FBS schools while playing for Vidalia (Ga.) Comprehensive in high school, so the process has been new to him.
Henry will visit Ole Miss the weekend after Tennessee, then possibly Nebraska or Texas, and he’ll see who else pushes for a visit after that.
“Every school is still in the same race,” Henry said. “I like Tennessee and Ole Miss. They were just the first ones saying they want me there now. So, I took them up on them.”
Tennessee and Ole Miss were the first two schools to show a lot of belief in Henry. Nebraska and Alabama also are pushing for the linebacker.
The Vols have picked up their recruitment of Henry recently as his visit draws closer. He hears the most from defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer, but a lot of the staff is reaching out right now.
“They are a good group of guys,” Henry said. “I like the Tennessee staff. From the impression I’ve got, they really care about their players.”
The bonds beginning to form now and potentially deepen during the visit is important for the Vols. Tennessee is thin at linebacker, which will appeal to Henry, but his fit with the coaches will be the most important deciding factor.
“The coaching staff and the relationships I have with them,” Henry said. “Playing time and really that’s about it. Also, the facilities, all the key things like that. It’s really not about the size of the school. It’s about where I can go to best make a name for myself.”
There is plenty of time for this recruitment to play out. A decision doesn’t seem like it’ll be coming anytime soon.
“I wanted to before the season started,” Henry said. “I honestly just don’t even know.”
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