Midland City (Ala.) Dale County athlete JaMarius Henderson has been one of the biggest spring risers within the state of Alabama in the class of 2015, adding a handful of offers to his list to play on both sides of the ball.
Most schools covet the 5-foot-11, 197-pounder as a running back coming off of a 2,000-yard junior season, and that's the position he verbally committed to playing at UAB in March during a move that surprised many.
"I went to Jacksonville State when (head coach) Bill Clark was at the JSU camp, and I felt a bond with him," he said. "Everywhere he goes, he wins, and he's real. So I'm going to be real with him, so I gave him my verbal because he can win.
"He's going to turn that program around, and I like the coaching staff. The coaching staff makes me feel at home, and it's a good fit."
Despite the admiration for the current Blazer program, Henderson has maintained that he will keep his options open throughout the recruiting process as more schools continue to recruit him despite the news. Since the recent pledge, Western Kentucky has offered and the rising prospect feels that Louisville could be next on board.
But there's a group of schools that offered before his commitment that continue to hold his interest in addition to UAB.
"Cincinnati, Auburn, Nevada is pretty high on the list," he said. "Kentucky is creeping up there, Derrick Ansley is my boy, I like Kentucky. It's just the process of taking trips and stuff. I really like Auburn, Coach Gus (Malzahn) and Coach [Tim] Horton are really good coaches.
"When I went up there (Auburn), you would think they didn't know who I was, but they knew who I was before I knew who they were. It was a good feeling, coach came up to me like ‘JaMarius, my man.' For him to give me a tour around the campus itself, like everywhere I went he was behind me telling me where things were…and the classes are not that big, it's a perfect fit."
Every aforementioned football program aside from the reigning SEC Champions has already offered Henderson, who has a busy spring and summer ahead on the trail.
"We're going to rearrange the Cincinnati visit, take a trip too Nevada, Kentucky," he said. "I'm going to do it this spring and this summer. Southern Miss and Kentucky are up next."
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