Georgia Tech gives Jaquan Henderson something to think about

Newton High School, GA junior athlete Jaquan Henderson took his first Junior Day visit last Sunday. Henderson committed to UCLA last September. Did the visit change things for Jaquan?

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The visit to Georgia Tech showed Jaquan a side of Tech that he never realized before. Jaquan had previously visited Tech and liked what he saw. “This visit gave me more respect for the coaches and the school. That is how good the visit went.”

The first eye opener for Henderson was finding out about the value of a Tech degree. “It can open doors for you in the business world.” Coach Johnson told Jaquan the Albert Rocker story about his job offer from Microsoft. Rocker was offered a job with a year’s eligibility left. Coach Johnson told Rocker he had fulfilled his plans to get a degree and that he should take the job. “That showed me that the staff cares for their players more than I realized.”    

The visit was the first time that Henderson’s parents had a chance to see Tech. “They were impressed with the coaches and the school. They went out of their way to make my parents feel welcome.” Jaquan now has Tech high on his list even though he is a UCLA commit.

The coaches talked to Jaquan about how they would use him on defense. He would have several options. “I can play safety, the nickel, or the WILL linebacker position.” At 6’1”-210, Jaquan has an explosive first step that helps him beat the bigger lineman. “Coach (Andy) McCollum says I will grow and he sees me playing one of those three positions.”   

Henderson knew that the first time he met McCollum that he was a special coach. “I know that he and the other coaches would make me a better player.” Coach McCollum has watched film of Henderson and liked what he saw. “He’s already talking about me coming to Tech and becoming a better player. How cool is that.”  

The coaches talked to Jaquan about offering. They will first look at his transcripts. “I am qualified to get into UCLA and Coach McCollum told me that he didn’t see any reason that I would not receive the offer.”

An offer from Tech would give Henderson something to think about. “Tech is less than an hour from home, has great academics, the best coaching staff in my opinion, and has the ability to open so many doors for you in the business world.”

Henderson has heard about current Tech player Victor Alexander’s flip from UCLA and wants to talk to him. “We play close to the same position and I could go through the same thing he did.”

Jaquan plans to return to Tech for their spring game. He has already marked it on his calendar. A visit to Indiana on February 20th is the only other visit that Henderson has planned. Top Stories