Henderson Will Have Total Hawkeye Experience

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be hosting Scout.com US Army All-American selection Raymond Henderson on an official visit this weekend. Find out his thoughts on the visit and his opportunity to gain a first-hand experience of the game day weekend for Iowa's pivotal game against Wisconsin.

The Iowa Hawkeyes graduate all four of their starting defensive lineman after this year, and it is no secret that they have made the interior line one of their top recruiting priorities in the Class of 2005. This weekend, they will be hosting two of the premier defensive lineman not only in the Midwest, but in the entire nation in Bolingbrook, Illinois's Ryan Bain and Oak Creek, Wisconsin's Raymond Henderson.

In the case of Henderson, it was unknown leading up to this month whether the Hawkeyes would receive a visit or not. However, now that the visit has been set, you can count Iowa as one of the top contenders for his services.

"They were the first school to offer me, and that will always stick with me," said Henderson. "I went down there in the spring, and liked it very much, and I have a brother close by in Cedar Falls so I know the area. I just want to get down there to get a closer look at the football program, and be able to experience all the other factors that go with an official visit."

Henderson's flight is set to depart at 8 A.M. on Friday morning which will give him a full two days to learn the ins and outs of being an Iowa Hawkeye football player on a game day weekend.

"The coaches have told me they want me to be a part of the game day experience. On my LSU visit, I wasn't able to arrive until Saturday due to my game so this will be my first time to be able to go through meetings and hang out with the team leading up to the game," stated Henderson.

Many Hawk fans probably remember the comments given by Chase Coffman, Iowa's first official visitor of this fall, and the excitement he express in being able to ride with Hawkeye players to the game. Henderson will have a full extra day of viewing the preparation and excitement leading up to one of the biggest games so far in Coach Kirk Ferentz's era in Iowa City.

"I set my visit a week ago after talking with Coach (Lester) Erb. I've also been talking a lot with Coach (Ron) Aiken, and they've told me with their four defensive linemen graduating, that I'd have an excellent opportunity at playing early. Besides, I wanted to see Iowa beat Wisconsin," Henderson added.

Wisconsin did not make a scholarship offer to Henderson, so you can fully expect him to be cheering on the Hawks as much as anyone else in the stands.

"Iowa's season started off a bit rocky, but they've really picked things up in the past seven weeks," added Henderson, who will play in the Scout.com US Army All-American Game on January 15th in San Antonio, Texas. "Just like my coach (Joe Koch) told me today, Iowa has played without a scholarship running back, and they are still getting it done. That shows where their program is at right now."

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