NCF On The Trail: Joe Henderson

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The most important thing Tennessee commit Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) needs to do is spend time in the weight room. He is a fairly one-dimensional player at this stage as a pass rusher, which could prompt a move to outside linebacker instead of defensive end.

As far as strengths, Henderson is a movement player. He is not a phone-booth player. Needs space and one-on-one situations to consistently win at the line of scrimmage. He has very good speed and initial quickness and displays the motor necessary to succeed. He’s a solid wrap-up tackler that can deliver a pop at point of contact. His areas of improvement include adding weight and bulk to be able to hold up at the point of attack in the run game. He will need to be able to disengage in the run game so that he doesn’t get engulfed by bigger, stronger offensive personnel.

This past summer at The Opening in one-on-one situations, he was no match for OT Cameron Robinson in any way, shape or form. As a pass rusher he does not possess a speed to power ability because he is so light.

We would be willing to bet he plays linebacker or lines up as a nickel pass rusher when he initially arrives.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening has concluded and it did not disappoint. The top prospects in the nation were invited to Nike headquarters to display their ability and compete against the best of the best.

RecruitingNation was on hand for every event to take in the happenings throughout the week. Here are a few storylines:

Who committed

Florida State landed two in-state prospects during the final day of The Opening on Wednesday: four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) and three-star safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). Marshall was a finalist for the SPARQ national championships where he posted a 40-yard-dash time of 4.34 seconds. ESPN 300 linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), son of former Tennessee Volunteers and Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates, verbally committed to the Vols. Four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) verbally committed to USC over UCLA.

RN Top 10: Columbus NFTC 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Although the Ohio State coaches could not be at the camp, Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State’s football complex looked more like a Buckeyes practice with all the talent strewn across two practice fields. Recruiting Nation had to make some tough decisions in picking out the top performances of the day, but these 10 prospects made the strongest case to make the list.

10. Martesse Patterson
Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin | OT | 6-5, 280

Coming into the event, Patterson was a name that was not in the directory of a lot of those in recruiting circles. He changed that with his performance Sunday, which landed him the offensive line MVP honor. Line coach Todd Huber saw a raw Patterson on film -- it’s only Patterson’s second year playing football -- but was thoroughly impressed and believes he will be a very good guard in college.

“I was coming to show I’m just as good as some of the top guys in the country even though I’m new to football,” said Patterson, who has four Big Ten offers. “… I think I did good and that I can either be a guard or tackle.”


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Boston College
James Hendren | OT | Brookline, Mass./Dexter School
HT: 6-7 WT: 307
Position Rank: #56 OT
Stars: 3

Cameron Seward | ATH | Atlanta/Westminster School
HT: 6-0 WT: 189
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Clemson
Demarre Kitt | WR | Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Position Rank: #12 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#99)

Korie Rogers | OLB | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-1 WT: 207
Position Rank: #11 OLB
Stars: 4

Chris Register | OLB | Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Position Rank: #19 OLB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Jacob Pugh | OLB | Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
HT: 6-4 WT: 224
Position Rank: #5 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#104)

Georgia Tech
Jalen Johnson | ATH | Oneonta, Ala./Oneonta
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia
Caanan Brown | OLB | Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

William Richardson | OG | Burlington, N.C./Hugh M. Cummings
HT: 6-5 WT: 339
Position Rank: #8 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#126)

Virginia Tech
Eric Gallo | OG | Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
HT: 6-2 WT: 275
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Jaboree' Williams | OLB | Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
James Jacobs III | OLB | Waco, Texas/Midway
HT: 6-4 WT: 201
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Blake Mahon | TE-Y | Coppell, Texas/Coppell
HT: 6-5 WT: 226
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Joe Dineen | ATH | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma State
Trey Roberts | ATH | Houston/Dwight D. Eisenhower
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Sione Teuhema | DE | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-3 WT: 211
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Maea Teuhema | OT | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-5 WT: 335
Class of 2015

Big East
Cincinnati
Joel Thompson | DT | Hollywood, Fla./McArthur
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Deatrick Nichols | CB | Miami/Miami Central
HT: 5-10 WT: 171
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan
Jabrill Peppers | CB | Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 150 (No. 2)

Northwestern
Fred Wyatt | DT | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona
Jonathan Haden | RB | Washington/Friendship Collegiate Academy
HT: 5-8 WT: 185
Position Rank: No. 30 RB
Stars: 4

Arizona State
Manny Wilkins | QB-DT | Novato, Calif./San Marin
HT: 6-2 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Isadore Outing | DE | Houston/Andy Dekaney
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colorado
Isaac Miller | OT | Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek
HT: 6-7 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Grant Wantabe | OLB | San Antonio/William J. Brennan
HT: 5-10 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Zaire Andre | WR | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 5-11 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Keith Harrington | RB | Saint Petersburg, Fla./Northeast
HT: 5-8 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
O.J. Smith | DT | Bossier City, La./Airline
HT: 6-2 WT: 315
Postion Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Viane Talamaivao | OG | Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 6-2 WT: 316
Position Rank: No. 7 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (No. 121)

Auburn
Jakell Mitchell | TE-H | Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Nicholas Ruffin | ATH | Atlanta/Saint Pius X Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #20 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#144)

Kentucky
Jarrett LaRubbio | OG | Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: #28 OG
Stars: 3

Jared Tucker | CB | Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-0 WT: 161
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Lashard Durr | CB | Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chris Rayford | CB | Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 5-11 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Malik Young | OG | Piedmont, S.C./Woodmont
HT: 6-3 WT: 286
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tennessee
Joe Henderson | DE | Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 26 DE
Stars: 3
Here are five storylines to watch on Sunday:

Looking out for No. 1

The Columbus Nike Football Training Camp will bring out the top defensive lineman in the country in Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge).


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Tennessee and new coach Butch Jones are inching closer toward the top recruiting class in the country, and they added another brick to the foundation Thursday.

Three-star defensive end Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) visited the Volunteers two weekends ago, and he did not wait long to pull the trigger and commit. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Henderson is commit No. 14 in Jones’ inaugural class in Knoxville.

Henderson and his high school coach, Jarvis Gibson, confirmed the commitment to ESPN.com.

BCS programs Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and West Virginia also offered Henderson, and he visited several of those schools. But the energetic Jones made a major impression on Henderson while he was on campus earlier this month.

Jones has done well in closing with prospects when they are in Knoxville, and he is off to a torrid start after some Tennessee fans previously questioned his hire and ability to recruit.

The first commit along the defensive line, the No. 26 defensive end nationally could also play a little bit of linebacker for the Vols. Henderson has spent time with his hand in the dirt as a rush end and also as a stand-up end/linebacker.

Formerly Cincinnati's coach, Jones is not putting a major emphasis on the state of Ohio like fellow first-year SEC East coach Mark Stoops, but Henderson is the second Vols commit from the Buckeye State. Henderson, No. 17 in Ohio, joins Ethan Wolf, No. 20 in Ohio, in the Vols' class.
Ja’Merez Bowen (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) has seen his recruiting blow up recently.

With nine offers already, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Bowen is sifting through things and is starting to put everything in perspective.


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Tales From the Road: Shaker Heights 

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Shanker Heights (Ohio) High

Who They Have: DE Joe Henderson, OT Ja’Merez Bowen, RB Greg Claytor, WR Nolan Jackson-Daniel, WR Odell Spencer

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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.


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DT Donovan Munger fills hole, literally 

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Urban Meyer likes his football team with enough defensive linemen to go from one sideline to the next. With the addition of defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), the two-time national champion coach might be able to do just that.

Munger, a four-star ESPN 300 prospect, became the sixth defensive lineman to give his pledge to the Buckeyes on Sunday, joining Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown-Fitch), Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton), Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and hybrid Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) in the trenches from the recruiting class of 2013.

Munger is a wide-bodied defensive tackle with a motor that rarely takes time off. His frame fits perfectly in the interior line at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.

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Coach: Munger enjoys 'on-field' scene 

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For Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) it’s been a rivalry month, so to speak.

An ESPN 300 defensive tackle with several Division I suitors, he took in the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday.

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Joe Henderson thinks OSU is up next 

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Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) knows his high school football season is over. The ESPN Watch List junior also knows the next season is about to heat up.

That would be his recruiting season as schools will no doubt break out the full-court press as they look to lock up the budding prospect. To date he has offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Illinois and Pittsburgh as well as a slew of other schools showing interest.

That many of them are coming out of the Big Ten -- Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are a few of the many looking at the Class of 2014 standout -- goes a long way with Henderson.

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OL Ja'Merez Bowen blown away by offers 

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Offensive tackle Ja’Merez Bowen (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) knew interest would start coming around with players such as Division I prospects Donovan Munger and Joe Henderson for teammates. He just never expected that interest to blow up the way it has in his junior season.

Schools such as Georgia, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ohio State and Syracuse nibbled early with interest, but when Akron, North Carolina State, Pitt and UCLA offered, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior’s world turned on its ear.

“It means a lot to know colleges are recognizing my play,” Bowen said. “For them to even offer means a lot.”

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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.

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Jared Shanker/ESPN.comESPN Watch List defensive end Joe Henderson couldn't attend Ohio State's game against Nebraska because he sprained an ankle in a game Saturday afternoon, but still was impressed.
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.”

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U-M targets litter ESPN Watch List 

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Much like every other program in the country, Michigan has already started to focus on the 2014 recruiting class. The Wolverines have sent out approximately 49 offers to 2014 prospects, and 41 of those offered recruits are part of the first ESPN Watch List for 2014.

The Watch List includes seven prospects from the state of Michigan, including defensive back Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech), defensive end Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) and offensive lineman Jordan Van Dort (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West).

The state of Ohio is also well represented with 11 prospects on the Watch List. Michigan's only 2014 commitment, linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), makes up part of the Ohio section, along with offered targets Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary).

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