Signing Day Spotlight
Lakendrick VanZandt, Athlete, Henderson (Texas)
Size: 6-0, 196
Recruiting: VanZandt committed this past June to TCU and remained committed the rest of his recruitment. Baylor made a late push for him, but he stuck with the Frogs. Oklahoma State, Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss, SMU, Tulsa, Tulane, and Arkansas State were also among his offers.
Rankings: Scout ranks VanZandt as the No. 5 athlete in the state of Texas and No. 31 nationally among athlete prospects in the 2017 class.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: VanZandt finished a three-year varsity career at Henderson (Texas) High School with 3,400 yards from scrimmage and 42 touchdowns. Henderson went 29-8 in his career. VanZandt ran for 2,756 yards and 38 touchdowns, while catching 33 passes for 644 yards and four TD's.
2016: As a senior, VanZandt gained 1,810 yards from scrimmage and scored 24 touchdowns. He ran for 1,582 yards and 22 touchdowns on 10.3 yards per carry, while catching 13 passes for 228 yards and two TD's. He led Henderson to an 11-2 record and a Class 4A Division I third-round playoff appearance.
2015: VanZandt missed a couple of games with an injury, but still starred on both sides of the ball in multiple roles for his Henderson High School squad, which finished the season 7-3. VanZandt ran for 508 yards and six touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry, while catching six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded one interception and four pass breakups.
2014: VanZandt enjoyed a breakout sophomore season playing multiple roles on both sides of the ball for a Henderson team that finished 11-3 with a Texas Class 4A Division I state quarterfinal appearance. VanZandt ran 77 times for 666 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 14 passes for 261 yards. From safety, VanZandt had 51 tackles, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, nine pass breakups, and one defensive touchdown.
A three-phase contributor in high school, Lakendrick VanZandt is an FBS-caliber prospect on either side of the ball who is very likely Power Five-conference bound.
VanZandt has played running back, receiver, cornerback, and safety, while also making an impact on special teams. He accelerates with good burst on either side of the ball. That translates to quickly finding daylight when he has the ball in his hands, and breaking on passes when playing in the secondary. He's a physical player when on defense who isn't afraid to mix it up vs. the run. His football instincts are great and he plays with toughness.
On offense, VanZandt can make tacklers miss in close quarters, but he also has the requisite top-end speed to stretch the field vertically. Defensively, his size translates well to man-press situation when playing corner and also allows him to pack a punch at the back end from safety.
He can sometimes rely on his instincts and football IQ on defense when more sound technique would help him, but if he winds up on D in college that should come with development and maturation.
VanZandt's stellar senior season as a running back has us thinking that the backfield may be his best spot at the next level, but we're confident he'll succeed wherever he winds up. He is a high-major prospect with position-versatility and intangibles. — Gabe Brooks
- Body control/balance
- Burst out of breaks (defense)
Areas to Improve
- Hip flexibility
- Recovery ability (defense)