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Recruiting heating up for Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) thought once he picked up that first offer from Cincinnati to start the season, things would heat up.

They have with fervor, as the 2014 defensive end is becoming quite the hot topic among college coaches as he's led the Red Raiders to a 3-1 start, with Akron jumping on board with an offer.

“It’s amazing,” Henderson said. “I try to come out here and play to the best of my ability and hope the college coaches see that and get in contact with me. It’s starting to happen.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Henderson is being modest.

To date, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Pitt, UCLA and Wisconsin have shown interest.

Some of that has to do with the fact that he’s neck-and-neck with teammate Donovan Munger in terms of tackles for loss and sacks this season, but most of it has to do with his raw talent.

Either way, Henderson is enjoying the ride and watching colleges drop their names in the hat virtually every week.

“It makes me feel good and makes me want more at the same time,” Henderson said. “Every day, I’ve been playing. I’ve been doing this since I was eight. Football is a part of my life. It will be until I die.”