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Henry recaps Rocky Top official visit

Junior College prospect Lakia Henry has been committed to Tennessee for months. He was back in Knoxville this weekend for his official visit and it was a reminder of why he chose Tennessee over several other big time programs.

"It went really well," Henry said. "It was a great visit. I really enjoyed myself. The defense played really well during the game and I enjoyed the atmosphere. It was really amazing and nice to watch."

Other schools continue to pursue Henry, but he's remained solid to Tennessee. What has pushed him to remain so faithful to the orange?

"Tennessee is just the place for me," Henry said. "I'm really close with all the coaches. We have built relationships over the few months. They keep in contact with me on a daily basis and they check on my academics. They have nice facilities and they show me a lot of love."

Tennessee is hoping to add instant impact with the linebackers they sign in the 2019 class. They continue to chase prospects at the high school level, with Henry being the key piece currently committed at the position.

"I'm going to be a big factor the moment I come in," Henry said. "I plan on working hard and I plan on getting better, bigger, faster and stronger. I feel like I can help a lot in the run game. I think I can help stop that. I'm good sideline to sideline mentality."

Henry plans on making an impact early and often.

Henry has built strong relationships with the Tennessee staff with Vol assistant Kevin Sherrer leaving a big impact on him. He hears the message loud and clear from both Sherrer and head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

"They tell me they need leaders and guys that want to come in and change the program," Henry said. "I feel like I bring all those things they are looking for. I think I bring speed, leadership and I feel like I can come in and turn Tennessee into a winning program."

Henry continues to hear from Arkansas, Florida and Auburn the most consistently. They want to get him on their campus for visits, but is that a real possibility after his visit to Tennessee?

"Probably not after this one," Henry said. "If I do, I don't even know what it would be. If I do, I'll let everyone know."

Rivals.com ranks Henry as a 4-star linebacker in the class of 2019.