March 26, 2009

Offers keep coming for S.C. defender

The offer list for Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive end Justin Henderson is getting long and diverse. With offers coming in from around the region, Henderson is beginning to figure out some of the schools he is interested in and has been able to take in some of those schools in person.

Recently, Henderson added another offer to his list.

"I got offered by Maryland yesterday," Henderson said on Wednesday afternoon. "Vanderbilt officially offered last Saturday while I was at their junior day."

While on campus at Vanderbilt, Henderson had a good experience and came away with a lot of positive things to say.

"I thought it was awesome," he said. "They showed us around campus probably for like six hours. We got to meet all their coaches. I met the defensive line coach and he was great and I got to meet my recruiting coach. All the players got to ask a lot of questions."

The city of Nashville was a positive in Henderson's eyes, as was the academic reputation that comes with a Vanderbilt diploma.

"It's somewhere I could see myself playing," he said. "The city is awesome. Having two pro teams by campus, I like that a lot. It really stood out when Coach Johnson said that big companies come to campus each year asking for football players for jobs."

The new offer from Maryland also holds an interest for Henderson.

"That's definitely a school I'm interested in. I didn't see it coming at all. I didn't know they were interested in me and they just called me and said we've seen your film and stuff and we like you."

With all of the options in front of him, Henderson has had some cause to think about what he's looking for in a program.

"It's looking right now like I'm not going to go too far away," he said. "I'd like to stay close to home. I'd like good academics and the coaches to be real nice like I felt at Vanderbilt this weekend. I want to go in and play off the bat. Maybe redshirt my freshman year and maybe play as a redshirt freshman or even start."

In the spring, Henderson has plans to visit Kentucky, Penn State and possibly Maryland. While he is starting to find some schools that impress him more than others, the pace of the recruiting process has limited him from listing any favorites.

"It's kind of hard to say (about favorites) because every time I make up a top three someone else offers," he said. "I'm going to kind of leave it open."


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