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Recruiting: Newton LB Jaquan Henderson Flips from Tennessee, is Commitment #19 for Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets add their third commitment of the day, from a highly athletic local linebacker.

Jaquan Henderson
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A weekend with three uncommitted visitors to Georgia Tech has turned into a three Sunday commitments for the Yellow Jackets. DE Kelton Dawson and DB Avery Showell committed on Sunday morning, and were followed up Sunday afternoon by somewhat of a surprise. Newton LB Jaquan Henderson committed to Tennessee in June of 2016 and remained committed until Sunday, when he flipped that commitment to the Yellow Jackets after visiting the Flats this weekend (though he was originally scheduled to visit Tennessee).

Henderson stands at 6’1”, weighs in around 210 pounds, and hails from Newton High School in Covington, GA. He commits to Georgia Tech after that previous commitment to Tennessee, official visits to Michigan State, Nebraska, and North Carolina, and over offers from numerous other Power-5 schools. He joins Bruce Jordan-Swilling and TD Roof to make up one of Georgia Tech’s strongest recruiting classes at linebacker in recent memory. He’s the ninth commitment in this class from the greater Atlanta area.

Henderson is between linebacker and safety in terms of size, and a look at his highlights show that his play style matches that. He’s about as comfortable in pass coverage as I’ve ever seen from a linebacker, using his speed to run with backs and receivers down the field and using his great ball skills to reel in several interceptions. (I always particularly love defenders who play the ball as much as Henderson does.) The speed, physicality, and ball skills of Henderson mean he can play a ton of roles and provide a lot of value to Georgia Tech’s defense.

Henderson becomes one of the highest-rated players in the class, rated as a high three-star prospect by Rivals (5.7) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8813). The 247Sports Composite has him as the second-best prospect in the class, behind only fellow linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling.

Congratulations to Jaquan, his family, and the coaching staff!

Henderson’s commitment brings Georgia Tech’s class to 19 players. It looks like this:

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Pos Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Comp Status
Pos Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Comp Status
DB Gentry Bonds 6-1 190 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8545) Enrolled (1/9/2017)
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8646) Enrolled (1/9/2017)
P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8145) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8238) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB TD Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8346) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8472) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8396) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8403) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Tre' Swilling 6-0 180 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8752) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling 6-0 215 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 4-star (0.9150) Signed (2/1/2017)
RB Jerry Howard, Jr. 6-0 210 Rock Hill, SC 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8147) Signed (2/1/2017)
QB Tobias Oliver 6-2 180 Warner Robins, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8312) Signed (2/1/2017)
DL Cortez Alston 6-3 250 Atlanta, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8534) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Charlie Clark 6-4 270 Atlanta, GA 2-star (5.3) 3-star (0.8072) Signed (2/1/2017)
RB Jordan Ponchez-Mason 6-1 205 Gallatin, TN 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8158) Signed (2/1/2017)
DE Kelton Dawson 6-2 240 Stockbridge, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8359) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Avery Showell 6-2 200 Cartersville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8320) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB Jaquan Henderson 6-1 210 Covington, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8813) Signed (2/1/2017)
DL Antwan Owens 6-4 286 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8192) Signed (2/1/2017)
K Brenton King 6-0 165 Hoschton, GA 2-star (5.4) NR Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Tariq Carpenter 6-2 191 Ludowici, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8182) Signed (2/1/2017)
DT Boe Tufele 6-3 290 Harbor City, CA 2-star (5.3) 3-star (0.8207) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Kaleb Oliver 6-3 200 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8670) Signed (2/1/2017)
WR Adonicas Sanders 6-1 190 North Charleston, SC 2-star (5.2) NR Signed (2/1/2017)