Early Decision Pays Off For Big DE

Auburn commitment Cameron Henderson talks about his big senior year and why he decided to end things early.

Birmingham, Ala.--A commitment to Auburn back in August, talented defensive end Cameron Henderson is a quiet guy that wanted to get his decision out of the way to concentrate on his senior season. The move paid off in a big way.

Becoming a dominant force for the Shades Valley Mounties, the 6-6, 220 Henderson earned team Defensive MVP honors as a senior after finishing with 90 tackles, 10 sacks, and over a dozen quarterback hurries. He says that for him, the decision to choose Auburn so early was one he doesn't regret at all even though schools kept after him long into the season.

"I was glad to get it over with," Henderson says. "After I committed it was pretty much still the same. Teams were still calling me."

Using his exceptional speed off the corner, Henderson was almost unblockable at times as he showed not only the ability to get to the quarterback, but also chase down plays from the backside when necessary. He says at the moment that is his strength as a player.

"I think I played pretty good," Henderson says of the 2007 season. "I feel like I speed rush pretty good. I get after the quarterback."

His biggest game of the season came in a loss to Clay-Chalkville early in the season. In the contest Henderson had 10 solo tackles, two assists, and three sacks. One thing Henderson will have to work on is getting bigger. Currently playing basketball for the Mounties and averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game, Henderson says he has just one goal between now and when he arrives at Auburn over the summer to help him get on the field early.

"I need to get stronger so I can stop the run," he says.

Despite efforts from schools all over the South trying to get in the picture with him, Henderson says he's happy with Auburn and isn't looking around although two schools in particular kept in touch with him throughout the season. He says right now he'll visit just once this coming weekend on Jan. 18 and he's pretty much done with recruiting.

"Just Auburn," Henderson says when asked where he will visit. "That's all I really have planned. Tennessee and Arkansas have talked to me, but I'm pretty set on Auburn."

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