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U-M climbs list for QB Caleb Henderson

7/31/2012

Quarterback Caleb Henderson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) wasn't in town for the BBQ at the Big House on Sunday, but he did get a chance to visit campus on Saturday, which allowed him a little more one-on-one time with the coaching staff.

The Wolverines have yet to offer a quarterback in the 2014 class as they’re currently evaluating a handful of talented prospects. Like several other targets the staff is considering, the coaches want to see more game film on Henderson before making a decision and extending an offer.

However, unlike other prospects, Henderson said he was almost glad they haven't offered yet, because he still has more to show them.

"I'm kind of excited that they didn't pull the trigger and offer me because I want them to see my whole game and see that I can run a bit," Henderson said.

On the last day of camp this summer, Henderson stopped by Ann Arbor to run an individual workout with offensive coordinator Al Borges, but that workout was just throwing to receivers and focusing on footwork. Henderson didn’t have a chance to show off his speed. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound pocket-passer has molded his running game after Tim Tebow and this summer clocked 4.7 seconds in the 40.

But the coaches seem to be pretty hooked on Henderson despite seeing only his arm, which was both accurate and strong during the workout.

"They think I'm a really accountable quarterback, which I am, but I also have another dimension to my game which is my speed and my size," Henderson said.

On that first visit, Henderson didn’t have a chance to see the campus or facilities at Michigan, which is why the family made a second trip up to Ann Arbor last weekend.

"The second trip really boosted my interest in Michigan a lot," Henderson said. "They're right up there now."

This time around, Henderson had time to tour the campus and meet with academic advisors, noting that his mom "is in love" with the academics at Michigan. Additionally, Henderson got a chance to sit down individually with both coach Brady Hoke and Borges to talk more in depth about the program and how Henderson would fit in.

"It was really awesome," Henderson said of his chalk talk session with Borges. "He's definitely one of the smartest coaches I've ever been around and he's just a really good guy, too. I thought it was a really cool experience to have the opportunity to talk to a college coach like that."