Berwick LB becomes 9th commitment

One unfortunate running back who played against Berwick High School last season can tell you all you need to know about linebacker Brian Henderson. He likes to hit.

Berwick coaches call Henderson "The Decapitator." LSU fans can now call him the ninth verbal commitment for the Tigers' 2002 recruiting class. 

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back/linebacker picked LSU over Auburn, Southern Miss, Wisconsin and several in-state schools. While his name has only recently risen to prominence in recruiting circles, a running back from West  St. Mary High School got to know Henderson quite well last season.

"They called this guy ‘Action Jackson,'" Henderson says. "So they're doing this option deal and he cuts back. For a linebacker, a tailback cutting back — that's like fresh meat, right there. So I hit him clean, right here."

Henderson points to his chin.

"He was out cold, face down in the ground," he says, flashing a grin. "His legs were shakin'. Then he finally came around, and he came to our sideline!"

Henderson's only exposure to the LSU campus this summer was at the Nike combine on the LSU campus in May. At the 16-team, 7-on-7 football camp at Louisiana-Lafayette, Henderson had to play as a receiver and defensive back during the non-stop, day-long tournament. He had no complaints about it, and his motor never stopped running.

"That was one of the things I was telling him," says Scott Tregle, who took over at Berwick last season. "I was really pleased with the way he handled himself. He stayed positive, and so did everyone else."

It was then that Jerry Baldwin, the Ragin' Cajuns' head coach, offered Henderson a scholarship.

Henderson, who was one core grade short of qualifying thus far, took English III again during the summer. He has a 2.5 overall grade-point average and will take the ACT in October.

Last season, as the Berwick Panthers stumbled to a 3-7 record, Henderson ran for 1,250 yards, averaging close to 7.8 yards per carry. From his middle linebacker position, he registered 102 tackles.

"I think he's the best running back in the state," says Tregle. "But I think there were points last year where I used him too much. We'll try and space it out, give him some time before we'll put him back in.

"There was a point last year where we took a time out and he had his chance to get himself back. He came back in and put the hurtin' on someone."

Henderson runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and also participates in four different track events-- the 100 meters (he runs a 10.7), the 200 meters in (22.2), the 4x100 relay (he anchors a team that ran in 42.3 seconds) and the 4x200 (128).

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