'14 LB Henderson plans 3rd UM visit (w/video)

'14 LB Henderson plans 3rd UM visit (w/video)

2014 Shaker Heights (OH) High School LB Joe Henderson earned a Michigan scholarship offer with a strong performance in camp over the summer. His play this fall has only intensified interest from a number of schools including, of course, the Wolverines. **with video interview/highlights**

Shaker Heights junior defensive end Joseph Henderson got off to a quick start against Parma Normandy last weekend, compiling 1.5 sacks and relentless quarterback pressure in route to a 39-7 win. GoBlueWolverine was there and spoke to hi afterward.

"I thought I did pretty good," Henderson told. "There's still some things I could work on but I thought I did pretty good."

Henderson, who camped in Ann Arbor in June, is a jack-of-all-trades defender. At 6'4, 215 pounds, Henderson has the athletic ability to be a stand-up outside linebacker in coverage, but also the strength and quickness off the line to be a pass rushing defensive end. Originally starting his high school career primarily at linebacker, Henderson has made the move to defensive end and is assimilating himself well.

"I play both, ‘cause when I was at my other school I played linebacker, and then I just transferred on to defensive end and I stuck with it, got good at it, started making plays," said Henderson. "And it kind of stuck with me."

"Untouched by the tackle and working the move it's easy for me, ‘cause I work technique and stuff," added Henderson. "It just all comes together on the field and making the sack."

Henderson's versatile game is attracting interest from several schools including Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Akron, Louisville, Nebraska and Iowa.

"They'll ask me which would I want to be scouted at and I say defensive end because that's what I'm playing," said Henderson. "But I'm pretty sure when I get to the college level they're going to try to put me at linebacker and see if I can do both in certain type of situations."

Of the aforementioned schools, Michigan and Illinois are the only ones that have offered Henderson a scholarship to date. The Wolverines, who didn't waste time displaying their level of interest after a strong camp performance, have already played host to the Shaker Heights star twice for visits.

"When I first walked in the facilities were beautiful," said Henderson. "A lot of good coaches around that want to help you. That was great. And then working with the coaches it was even better. They were teaching me stuff I didn't know, and I was like – and it worked. Then I applied it in the one on one's and the 7 on 7's and I really did get it."

"I've been in contact with Coach Mattison," added Henderson. "I've been talking to him. I went up there for the barbecue a couple months ago. I'm going to try to get out to one of their games that's coming up. I'm still trying to work that out."

With three scholarships to his name, Henderson plans to take his time with the recruiting process and hit the road to see as many college campuses as possible.

"It's too early for me," said Henderson. "I need to get out and start visiting schools and see how that works out."

"I haven't really planned that out yet but I need to definitely," added Henderson.

To watch the full interview with Henderson, and game highlights, press play below.



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