Wildcat Impact: Justin Henderson

This weekend saw the Kentucky Wildcats grab their first verbal commitment for the Class of 2010. What type of impact can Justin Henderson have on the program? We take a look in Wildcat Impact.

Justin Henderson

Defensive End

Bamberg Ehrhardt HS

Bamberg, SC

HT: 6-4 WT: 232

 

Known Offers: Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, Maryland, Colorado, Tulsa, Northwestern

 

THINGS THAT STAND OUT

 

Academics

 

The first thing that hits you is looking at his offer list and the quality of academic schools that had offered.  This is a great sign as Henderson built a solid group of offers from some of the top academic schools in the country.  With that said, there shouldn't be any worries about him in the classroom when he gets on campus.

 

Physical Size

 

I really like the physical size Henderson has to offer.  Watching him on film I see a player a lot like Class of 2008 member Chandler Burden except Henderson is asked to be a receiving tight end while Burden played offensive line.

 

With this physical build the Wildcats coaches will be able to do many things with Henderson in the future.  If he doesn't workout as a defensive lineman you could see him make the move to tight end or an offensive lineman.  This makes him a very safe commitment for any program.

 

Explosion

 

Explosion is key to any players success at the college level.  While I can't comment on the talent level Henderson is playing against, it's easy to see that he explodes off the line.

 

Lack Of Moves

 

While I love the explosive nature Henderson shows, I also see a player who right now uses a bull-rush almost 100% of the time.  If he stays on the defensive side of the ball this will be something he'll have to work on to take his game to another level.  This is teachable.  Also keep in mind I'm only going off of a few film clips.

 

Offer List

 

You've got to love looking at a commitment that has the type of quality offers Henderson holds.  With interest from multiple conferences you know Kentucky is getting a player wanted by many.

 

OVERALL

 

This commitment gives Rich Brooks and his staff a strong one to start off on.  Anytime you can beat out the programs that had offer Henderson means the staff is doing things the right way.  Justin Henderson saw the future of Wildcats football and saw himself as being part of Joker Phillips team at some point in his career.

Here are two highlight clips to see the newest member of the Wildcats in action. Most of the clips have Justin lined up as the left defensive end.

Clip One:

Clip Two:


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