The Tennessee Vols football program landed big on the recruiting trail this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, linebacker Lakia Henry, who is one of the top-rated college football recruits in the Junior College ranks, announced his commitment to Jeremy Pruitt’s team. Henry announced his decision with a brief statement on social media.
“I would love to take the time to say thank you for all the coaches that took their time and effort in recruiting me but I would gladly say that after prayer and road running I am committed to the University of Tennessee,” Henry wrote on social media.
— Lakia Henry (@Lakia_henry_4) May 20, 2018
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, however, with many recruiting services prediction the Alabama Crimson Tide would land Henry, who was the No. 3 recruit in the nation out of Dodge City Community College. The connection to Pruitt certainly couldn’t have hurt, with the former Alabama defensive assistant likely forming a strong bong with Henry when he was being recruited by the Crimson Tide.
But in the end, the Crimson Tide’s loss was the Volunteers’ gain.
Tennessee opens its 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers.