DL Aundre Henderson drawing heavy interest

Going through the recruiting process is an opportunity that a young athlete experiences just once and for Manual High School's Aundre Henderson, it's one that he intends on capitalizing on, both on and off the field.

Henderson, a great student who enjoys math, is just as interested in what majors are offered at a school, as he is in how the football team is performing.

"I've never had to ask him if he did his homework," said Henderson's father, Aundre Sr. "He has always been a good student. He's taking two classes for college credits as a senior."

His dedication in the classroom, coupled with his 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame, has started to attract heavy interest from a number of programs.

Louisville, Kentucky (offer), Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Clemson and Purdue have been the most consistent with their mailings, while Notre Dame, Virginia and Wake Forest have recently made inquiries.

"We know it is still early, so he's going to consider everybody," his father explained. "I couldn't even guess about a favorite right now. He wants to see what all the school's have to offer first."

Henderson recently had an opportunity to see the Kentucky program upclose when he attended their Junior Day.

"It turned out really well," Aundre Sr. continued. "We talked with Coach Brooks and he said that Aundre was one of his priorities for this season."

On Wednesday, the defensive line prospect watched Bobby Petrino's Cardinals spring practice and had an opportunity to talk with the third-year coach.

"He reassurred us that they were interested," his father said. "He said that he wanted to sit down with us soon and talk with us about how Aundre would fit in with the team. I know they like his potential."

Henderson will attend U of L's Junior Day on April 16th, as well as participate in lineman camps at Michigan, Louisville and possibly Kentucky.

As for a possible scholarship offer from Louisville?

"I think they will soon," his father said.


  • Henderson is projected to play defensive end as a senior at Manual.
  • When he played AAU basketball, his coach was current U of L basketball assistant strength and conditioning coach and former player Wiley Brown.

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