Louisville first offer for Henderson

Ashton Henderson was surprised, but excited, when Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called last week to extend a scholarship to the promising 2012 defensive tackle prospect from Jenks, Oklahoma.

Ashton Henderson was surprised, but excited, when Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called last week to extend a scholarship to the promising 2012 defensive tackle prospect from Jenks, Oklahoma.

"It's a good offer," Henderson told InsideTheVille.com. "It's my first. I was shocked when Coach Bedford told me they were going to offer. My stomach dropped a little bit because nobody in my family has went to college to play football. For me to get an offer like that is just a crazy feeling."

Henderson said Bedford asked him to make an unofficial visit during their conversation.

"He's a cool, laid back coach," Henderson said. "They told me they had looked at game film of me and they liked what they saw and he asked if I'd like to come to their school to visit."

Henderson said he's interested in checking out the Cardinals. "Right now Louisville is at the top of my list and I'm going to keep them in mind through the recruiting process."

Henderson stated that he's also hearing from LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas A&M, Missouri, and UCLA, but none of those programs have made offers. "They're showing me a lot of interest," said Henderson.

Henderson said he plans to attends camps at LSU, Miami and Oklahoma in June. He also wants to attend Louisville's camp. "I hope I can attend Louisville's camp to see what kind of coaches they are and see how I fit in there," Henderson said.

Though he didn't know much about Louisville before the offer, Henderson quickly did some research on Charlie Strong's program after speaking receiving the offer from the Cardinals.

"I never really knew much about Louisville, but the offer has opened my eyes to new options," Henderson said. "I looked Louisville up on the internet last night and I'm planning to do more research. I was impressed with what I saw. I know Charlie Strong was in his first year as the coach last year and he did a good job."

Henderson said Bedford told him that Louisville plans to visit him during Jenks H.S.'s spring practice. Henderson also spoke with Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, who was named ESPN.com's National Recruiter of the Year, when Bedford made him the offer.

"What's most important in choosing in school is finding a good environment because I want to be with good people," Henderson said. "I'm looking for a comfortable fit and I've got to connect with the coaches and players at the school. Coach Bedford was a real cool guy and Coach Hurtt seemed like a real hyped coach to play for in college."

As a junior, Henderson made 58 tackles, 10 for loss, despite facing double-teams. Considered one of the top defensive line prospects in Oklahoma, the 6-1, 315-pound Henderson was named All-State as a junior.

"People expect me to be powerful because of my size, but I use my speed mostly," Henderson said. "I try not to bull rush all the time. My strength is staying low and using my speed and quickness."

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