The LSU staff is on the road this month, and with Louisiana schools still at least a week away from spring ball, coaches have hit the out-of-state schools first.
Defensive line coach Brick Haley has spent time in Mississippi and Alabama, but on Wednesday it was one of Oklahoma’s top prospects that dialed up the LSU assistant.
“I got in touch with coach Brick to just have some conversation about where things stood, and he said that they definitely still have interest,” said three-star defensive tackle Ashton Henderson. “He let me know an offer is there for me and that I should come over this summer and see the campus and work out. He feels like I am a player that they could use in a way that would be dominant.
“LSU is sort of a dream school for me, so I’d say that right now I am very interested. They have always been on the top of the wish list.”
Henderson, a 6-foot-1, 310-pounder, has already picked up an offer from Louisville and is hearing from the likes of Arkansas, LSU, and Oklahoma State. He will use the summer to take in visits, and he hopes that a string of solid camp performances will bring more offers over the next few months.
“My coach sent out some game film, and that’s what got coaches interested and wanting to find out more,” Henderson said. “My sophomore year I had knee surgery and didn’t play that much, but I didn’t let it hold me back this past season. I felt like I had a wonderful year.”
Henderson finished his junior campaign with 63 tackles and six sacks, but the Jenks star feels that he still has something to prove in the season ahead.
“I think people look at my size (6-1, 310) and say that I am too short and things like that,” he said. “You hear about the typical defensive lineman who is tall and has that size, but I have great speed and a lot of heart. I throw my body out there and do what I can to make it work. Some coaches have doubted my abilities, but others are buying in and wanting to see more.”
This summer Henderson will visit LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Louisville.