Olympus athlete on Cougar radar

A few weeks ago a sophomore athlete from Olympus High School drove down from Salt Lake City to Provo to visit BYU's campus. The two-way athlete is on the Cougar radar early and should be an athlete to watch out for in the near future.

When it comes to the gridiron, JoJo Henderson basically did it all for Olympus High School's football team. He possesses a wide range of skill sets, which allowed him to play multiple positions on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as well as special teams.

"I'm 6'1", 170 pounds and play receiver, running back, safety, cornerback, punt return, kick return, and I'm also the punter," said Henderson. "I play a lot of different positions and it's been fun. Next year I'm going to be playing all over the place again. I should get a good amount of time at all those positions."

It's a challenge for Henderson to pick a favorite position.

"It's hard because I like running back and safety," Henderson said. "I like to score so I really like running back. Those are the two positions I like the most, but I really like running back because I like to score touchdowns."

Olympus High School's Coach Whitehead rarely plays sophomores at the varsity level. Still, Henderson was able to do some good things on the football field regardless.

"It's not official but I had over a thousand yards combined with receiving and running," Henderson said. "I also had anywhere from 10-to-12 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball I had eight interceptions as a safety last year. This next year I could play either safety or cornerback."

Henderson also runs track and comes from good football bloodlines. His father Joe was a first-team all-Big 8 running back for Iowa State years ago and also ran track as a sprinter, before then playing in the NFL for few years. Now his son is receiving some interest after the family reached out to various colleges.

"As far as instate goes, BYU has shown me some interest and has invited me down to their Junior Day," said Henderson. "That's pretty much it for instate. Boise State has sent me some stuff and Princeton has as well. That's pretty much it so far."

Henderson recently was able to visit BYU's campus.

"I went down there around two weeks ago and talked to a few of the coaches," Henderson said. "I spoke to Coach Paul Tidwell and he's a really nice guy. He's also been there for a while so he knows what he's talking about. It was really nice seeing the coach's offices and things like that.

"I spoke to Garett Tujague, who recruits my area, and he's a really big guy. I also spoke to Coach Howell the defensive backs coach when I was there also."

Meanwhile, Henderson also has family at BYU.

"I have an older brother that goes to BYU, and he said he really likes it down there," said Henderson. "He just came home from his mission and now he's going to BYU. They have really nice facilities and the campus is nice. I wouldn't mind playing there if I was given the opportunity sometime down the road."

In the meantime, Henderson plans on putting together a highlight film for the Cougar coaches to review.

"They said they want to see more film and want to see me play," Henderson said. "I'm only a sophomore and so I can't be recruited by colleges right now until my junior year, but BYU told me to send them some film halfway through my football season so they could evaluate me more. They also want me to come to their camp.

"It's awesome and I never thought that I would ever be noticed this early. I just think it's great that they want to see film on me and have taken notice of me this early."

In the meantime, the young athlete from Olympus High School is excited about his future possibilities.

"If BYU offered me a scholarship during my junior year I would really consider it," Henderson said. "BYU is a really good school and they have a great football program. At the same time I would also wait and see what my options are."

Henderson also intends on visiting BYU again this summer.

"I plan on heading back out to BYU in June," he said. "They invited me out for their Junior Day, and so I'll be going down there for that. I'm looking forward to it."


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