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Newton's Jaquan Henderson flips commitment from Tennessee to Georgia Tech
Jaquan Henderson
Jaquan Henderson - photo by File Photo

Newton football has another Division I prospect who is committed to staying in-state for his college career.

Four-star linebacker prospect Jaquan Henderson announced that he would be committing to Georgia Tech this past weekend, after being a long time Tennessee pledge.

With his commitment, Henderson joins fellow Newton teammate Jeremiah Holloman as Ram football players who chose to stay close to home for college. Holloman announced his commitment to UGA and signed with the Bulldogs in December so that he could enroll early and report to campus this month.

During Holloman’s signing ceremony, Henderson said He was still “100 percent committed” to Tennessee, but that he would not stop hearing overtures and taking visits.

Georgia Tech was one of a plethora of Division I schools that visited Henderson since November, after Newton’s football season ended with a first round playoff loss to Mill Creek.

Henderson had offers from 22 other schools aside from Tennessee and Georgia Tech, including Michigan, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Nebraska and Georgia Southern.

Henderson had close to 60 tackles and three sacks from his linebacker position in 2016 for a Newton squad that finished 6-4-1. He also a pass breakup, two forced fumbles and four fumble recovers. Tward the end of the season, he showed his versatility by lining up and taking snaps at running back as Newton got closer to the postseason.

With his pledge to Tech, Henderson became the 19th hard commit to coach Paul Johnson’s recruiting class which currently ranks 47th in the nation and ninth in the ACC.

We’ll have more on Henderson’s commitment, as well as a preview of February 1’s National Signing Day coverage in this Sunday’s print edition of The Covington News.