Michigan Offers 2014 LB Joseph Henderson

Shaker Heights, Ohio 2014 linebacker Joseph Henderson made his way to Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon to participate in the Michigan football camp. After a strong performance in front of coaches, Henderson talks to GBW about receiving an offer from the Wolverines, his relationship with the coaching staff, and whether or not Michigan leads for him.

Shaker Heights 2014 linebacker Joseph Henderson walked into the Michigan football camp Tuesday afternoon with his Raw Talent teammates ready to compete and hopefully impress the Wolverine coaching staff.

"Every time I perform I try to perform to my best, to my limit, you know, 110 percent every play, run to the ball, all of that," Henderson told GoBlueWolverine.

At 6'4, 215 pounds and possessing 4.5, 40 yard dash speed, Henderson stood out in the one-on-one portion of the camp session with plenty of Michigan coaches looking on. Henderson made enough impressive plays, in fact, to warrant a scholarship offer from the Wolverines.

"It was one of a kind," said Henderson of being offered. "My heart dropped—and I was like man, Michigan, I never knew. He (Greg Mattison) started taking me to the back to the locker room, the weight room—it was all amazing."

For the young, up and coming football prospect out of the State of Ohio, the Michigan offer was a big shock, but also one that shot the Wolverines straight up Henderson's list of schools.

"Yeah it did, it did (surprise him)," said Henderson. "When people talk about Michigan, you know—oh Michigan, just go to O-State. I mean I've been to O-State… but I mean Michigan, I think it's over O-State right now."

Although Henderson grew up in Ohio, the sizeable linebacker denies having any type of love/hate relationship with either of the bitter rivals.

"No, no , no, I never grew up hating Michigan," said Henderson. "I never grew up loving O-State because I live in Ohio. But I mean, you know, it's just, looking at the Michigan campus and the weight room, the football fields and the coaches. The coaches, they're real cool."

Versatile enough to play both linebacker and defensive end, Henderson didn't get into any talk of a position at the next level, but came away with positive vibes based on the way the coaching staff treated him.

"They're the coolest coaches I've been to a camp (with)," said Henderson. "They'll be friendly with you, but they get serious with you on the coaching side. And they love to coach you up. I'll take that and apply it on the field when I'm playing."

Although Henderson isn't anywhere near making a decision on his future college, the Wolverines have jumped the rest of the suitors to sit alone at the top of his list.

"Yeah after, out of all my offers yeah (Michigan leads)," said Henderson.

Henderson and his Raw Talent squad will continue making the rounds this summer with a few more college trips on the agenda in the coming weeks.

"Raw Talent is traveling to Northwestern, and then we got a 7 on 7 at Illinois," said Henderson.

As for when a return trip to Michigan might be in the works, the newly offered linebacker plans to make it up in late July for the Barbecue at the Big House.


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