Raymond Henderson (6-5, 255, 4.65, Scout.com's #6 defensive end, 4 stars) plans to make his announcement during the Army All-America Game, sponsored by Scout.com, on January 15. "I'll let the nation know that day," said Henderson, from Oak Creek, Wis. "No one will know until then. I plan to surprise everyone. Even the coaches will have to wait. I kind of know already, but I'm not gonna say anything. The only hint I'll give is that I like the color black."
Raymond has taken all five of his official visits with his last one being on December 10 to Nebraska. "It was their banquet weekend and it was a lot of fun. I loved it. The players really enjoyed themselves and it was cool to see everyone get awards and have fun together. It was a real good bonding experience.
"The coaches at Nebraska are also real cool and I think they'll have great success in the future. They have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, so they'll be doing alright."
Raymond's first visit was to LSU on September 25. "They probably have the best locker rooms I've seen. They are all new and the lockers are made out of wood. They just look real good."
He visited Iowa on November 19, Tennessee on November 26 and UCLA on December 3. "The Rose Bowl was probably the most impressive stadium. That was for the USC game and the sun was out. It was just a perfect day. The whole stadium was packed and the crowd was really into it. It's just different in Los Angeles. The people are really nice and I love the weather--it's way nicer there. I also like the fast-paced, aggressive style in the Pac-10 and I think I'd have a lot of opportunities to make a lot of sacks there.
"All the schools pulled out the red carpet. We ate the best food and it was just nice having everybody know your name and pay attention to you.
"I was probably most impressed with Iowa this season because they started slow and played hard all year. I was real impressed that they never quit, even while playing with their fifth string running back."
Final eleven game (8-3) stats: 83 tackles/14 sacks