Mike's Take: Recent WR commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from a very lightly recruited wide receiver prospect recently. Read on for a full analysis of this commitment from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Reginald Henderson committed to Miami recently.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Henderson already has ideal size for a major college wide receiver prospect and that's the first thing that jumps out at you when watching him play. He has tremendous leaping ability, and does a great job of going up and grabbing the ball at its highest point. He creates mismatches, especially in the redzone, because of that. Just because a player is 6-foot-4 doesn't mean he's able to effectively win jump balls. This kid can, and does. He is a plus athlete at that size, and also plays on defense. He plays strong safety and isn't afraid to mix it up, which will likely mean when he's on offense he'll go into traffic. He'll block. He'll get dirty even when the ball is not coming his way. He plays with a lot of the swagger that UM teams used to be loaded with back during the championship days. It's also encouraging to know that UM coaches made the offer to him immediately after watching him compete live on their campus for a few days.

What may concern you: Strangely, Henderson did not have any other Division 1 offers at the time of his commitment. Whenever a 6-foot-4 receiver with his ball skills in the state of Florida doesn't have any other offers it typically means something else is a factor, likely his grades. That's not confirmed but it's something we'll have to keep a close eye on moving forward. He also wasn't terribly productive as a junior last season, which could be a result of his team not getting him the ball enough. He plays small school competition and you wonder if he'll be able to make a quick transition to playing major college football.

Bottom Line: Miami is still Henderson's only offer, so he's clearly the least recruited player of Miami's five commitments at the position. The fact that he doesn't have any other BCS offers means it's highly unlikely that he'll flip his commitment to someone else later in the year. He's currently one of three big receiver commitments in the 2016 class, along with Ahmmon Richards and Michael Irvin. If the Canes are able to land another big receiver in this class, those two seem safe. Richards is being recruited by everyone while Irvin is a legacy. From that standpoint, it'll be interesting to see how hard the Canes continue recruiting Henderson down the stretch. I like the commitment, though. I like him as a prospect and what he brings to the table from an upside standpoint.


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