Henderson considering Louisville

Louisville was the first school to offer three-star Jenks (OK) DT Ashton Henderson and the Cardinals have maintained frequent contact throughout the spring. Now, Henderson is lining up visits and Charlie Strong's program is definitely on the list.

Louisville was the first school to offer three-star Jenks (OK) DT Ashton Henderson and the Cardinals have maintained frequent contact throughout the spring. Now, Henderson is lining up visits and Charlie Strong's program is definitely on the list.

Henderson, an undersized defensive lineman (6-0, 310), who is one of the top prospects in Oklahoma, has drawn heavy attention from Louisville this spring. Vance Bedford dropped in to see Henderson early this month and Clint Hurtt is expected to check on him soon.

"Coach Vance came down, I believe, the first day of May, and Coach Hurtt is supposed to be coming in at the end of this month to come see me," Henderson said. "I've been talking with Coach Hurtt a lot. Before this week, I was talking to him every other week and sometimes every other day. And I just talked to Coach Bedford on Facebook. I'm interested in [Louisville]."

Though Louisville is his first offer, Henderson didn't know much about the Cardinals before Charlie Strong's program began recruiting him. Since he received the offer, Henderson has been researching Louisville and likes what he's seen so far.

"I like the fact that the new coaching staff has changed the program a lot and I can see they're doing better than they had been doing in recent years," Henderson said.

LSU, Arkansas, Iowa State, Utah State are showing interest. Henderson attended Arkansas' junior day, and he's planning to camp at LSU and Louisville this summer.

"I'm definitely going to get to Louisville to attend their one-day camp in June," Henderson said. "And I'm going to go to LSU and do the same. I think I'm either going to TCU or Texas and see what they're about, and Nebraska and OSU."

Henderson, who recorded 63 tackles and six sacks as a junior, isn't sure when he'll make a college decision, but he's hoping to parlay strong play during summer camp into a few more offers.

"I'm not sure when I'm going to make a decision," Henderson said. "I'm praying on it because I don't want to make the wrong decision. I want to see my family at my games. I must make the best decision for me, basically if I would like the environment if I was to get hurt."

Though Louisville is an 11 or 12 hour drive from Jenks, Henderson and his family are giving serious consideration to the Cardinals. "My parents are more worried about education," Henderson said. "They know Coach Bedford and Coach Hurtt. I was on a conference call the last time I called Coach Hurtt to let him meet my family. They thought he was real nice and had a good personality. My mom said he had a good vibe."


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