Tuesday, April 9, 2013
ESPN Watch List DE will wait for perfect fit
By Brad Bournival
Don’t expect a jump into the commitment pool from Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) any time soon.
The ESPN Watch List defensive end has been a student of the recruiting game and watched how former teammate Donovan Munger went through the paces before committing to Ohio State in December.
With more than 10 offers now and more soon to come, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Henderson will wait things out before finding that perfect fit.
Shaker Heights, Ohio, defensive end Joe Henderson is staying patient with his recruitment right now.
“I learned to take your time and not rush into an offer you just got, to just try and find the school you want,” Henderson said. “Donovan has talked to me about taking your time and not being overwhelmed by everything. It will all come to you.”
Right now, he has interest from Ohio State and Michigan, to name a few, and offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
He was at Ohio State over the weekend and said the Buckeyes continue to impress him. He’s got a trip to Akron planned for April 20 and wants to get back up to Michigan to see the Wolverines and Spartans in the summer.
“For both Ohio State and Michigan to offer it would be a pretty big offer,” Henderson said. “They’re real big schools. I keep in contact with both Coach [Stan] Drayton and Coach [Greg] Mattison. Both of them are really good coaches. I think both would boost my recruiting as well.”
For now, Henderson will rest on his 45 tackles -- 18 for loss -- 16 quarterback pressures, 14.5 sacks, two pass breakups, forced fumble and fumble recovery in nine games last season as proof he’s worth the wait.
He barely got a chance to play in the second half of games last season because Shaker Heights was winning by wide margins, so he’s had plenty of time to recoup.
As for what Henderson wants in a team, that’s easy.
“I want to see how the chemistry is and how they are with the players and their families,” he said. “I want to see how the team is and how the rest of all of it is.”