Raymond Henderson is playing a game of hide and seek with his recruitment, and he is offering up hints.
No, we are not talking about revealing which bed he is hiding under, but over the last few days, he has offered up a few clues as to where he might spend the next four to five years of his life.
The U.S. Army All American defensive end has fans from five schools filtering his ever word.
Here is a report from Allen Wallace from December 21st:
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."
Then this, from December 23rd:
Raymond Henderson (6-5, 255, 4.65, Scout.com's #6 defensive end, 4 stars) of Oak Creek (Wis.) says, "I've made my decision. Nobody knows where I'm going--not even my mom. It's just between me and God.
"Everyone will have to just wait and see when I make my announcement during the Army All-America Game (sponsored by Scout.com) on January 15. I don't want anybody predicting where I will be going. It's only a little over two weeks away, anyway."
Finally, Henderson offered one final clue about the school of his choice: "They are playing against a school whose coach is wanted by the NFL."
If legit, that's a heckuva clue. His finalists are UCLA, Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska and LSU.
Ok, so Iowa has black in their uniforms and the Hawkeyes are playing against LSU and Nick Saban, their coach who is rumored to be in line for the Miami Dolphins job.
Our holiday advice; keep an eye on Henderson, and if he commits to Iowa, that is just another All American brick in the wall of this recruiting class.
But don't fret about it; enjoy your eggnog over the next few days.