Illini Host 2018 DB Henderson

Illinois has already been busy hosting recruits during spring practice, including an in-state 2018 DB who is grabbing the interest of power five programs.

Carol Stream (IL) Glenbard North HS has produced a fair amount of talent over the last few years, most notably Northwestern running back Justin Jackson.  

But the next legit power five prospect in that line of talent might be 2018 DB Tyrik Henderson, who visited Illinois near the end of this past week.

Henderson had a great time in Champaign as he got to see more of the Illinois campus.

"Illinois was awesome," Henderson said.  "The intensity of the practice is always a favorite of mine, especially because I'm an intense player.  So that was fun to watch."

Lovie Smith has been a big hit with recruits since his hiring earlier this spring.  Henderson has talked with Lovie in the past, but this opportunity to speak with the new Illini head coach was an eye opener of sorts.

"I talked to (Lovie) a few times and it was pretty exciting exchanging dialogues with one of the greatest coaches in sports,"  Henderson said.  "It's always an honor.  But he was just letting me know that Illinois is the place to be and that they will win."

Henderson didn't grow up following the Bears as much as some other Chicago area recruits, so Henderson's opinion of Lovie isn't based purely on his time with the Chicago Bears.

"I wasn't necessarily a bears fan when I was younger," Henderson said.  "I would always play football, but I never actually sat down and watched a game until I turned 13."

But Henderson did say that Illinois is unique in that the Illini stand out as the in-state program.

"I think of Illinois as my home team," Henderson said.  "I like that they are trying to rebuild the program and become great again. A good education is always number one, and I want to be part of a program that wants to win."

Henderson already holds offers from Toledo, South Dakota State, Purdue, and Central Michigan.  Though the Illini haven't offered the talented junior yet, he does believe an offer could be coming soon.

Henderson also said he believes that Michigan State and Indiana could be on the brink of offering, too.  As for upcoming visits, Henderson doesn't have any upcoming visits planned after concluding his trip to Illinois.

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