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DE Henderson gets OSU visit play-by-play

10/7/2012

An ESPN Watch List junior had to rely on an ESPN 300 senior for verification, but both came away amazed at Ohio State’s 63-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Defensive end Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) was scheduled to make an unofficial visit to The Horseshoe for the game, but had to bow out with a sprained ankle sustained earlier in the day in a 55-0 win over Valley Forge. So Henderson, who has major interest from Ohio State, turned to teammate Donovan Munger for verification about what he saw on television.

“The fans and the way Urban Meyer was coaching on the field was crazy,” Henderson said. “I talked to [Munger] and he talked about the fans and being there with the players and seeing them play and how great it was.”

Munger, who is ranked 281st in the nation in the 2013 class, concurred. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle has been waiting to get to Columbus to see what the buzz was like. He’d been there before as a participant in July’s Friday Night Lights camp, but Saturday set the standard in front of the 106,102 screaming fans.

“It was pretty intense,” Munger said. “Everyone was loud when they made big plays. “It was a great feeling. You wanted to get on the football field. I just had a game that day, so I was seeing myself in a college game. I was looking to see if I could compete with those guys.”

Munger has long said he’s not going to rush things and will wait to make a decision. But Ohio State’s performance, coupled with the palpable energy on the field, certainly kept the Buckeyes in the mix.

“O-State is a great school as far as academics and athletics,” Munger said. “I’m using football to get into colleges. There were a lot of big plays and touchdowns. The fans, they love their players.”

As for Henderson, unless Shaker Heights has a playoff game on Nov. 24, he said fans can count on him being there for the Michigan game.