OL Prospect Very High on UM, Art Kehoe

This talented and massive offensive line prospects talks about why he likes the University of Miami so much, including UM offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

There might not be a more talented offensive line prospect in the entire state of Florida than Lehigh's Mario Henderson. More importantly, there might not be a more passionate kid about football anywhere in the entire state – regardless of position - than Henderson.

"I love football man," Henderson said. "I've always loved it and I always want to work hard to improve myself. There's always room to get better."

Henderson suffered a major blow from the state prior to last season. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Bishop Verot H.S. before transferring to Lehigh prior to the season to be with his former coach. That caused confusion.

"The state said they have a transfer rule that says you can't follow your coach," he said. "They made me sit out the entire season and it really made me mad because I was really looking forward to playing. I'm real hungry now."

You can definitely see that hunger on display at the NIKE Camp two months ago. He measured at 6-foot-7 and 332 pounds, and absolutely dominated every drill. He was the most impressive offensive lineman at the camp, and left after making quite an impression.

"I was able to get my weight down because I like to run a lot," he said. "My coach and I run all the time together and it keeps me in shape. Plus, I play basketball for the school and I'm also in a summer basketball league and we have games about twice a week."

He also goes both ways on the gridiron. "I've been playing both ways my entire career," he said. "Playing defense taught me some things like technique and playing low and stuff like that. Plus it keeps me in shape."

Inside the classroom, Henderson carries a 2.5 GPA and took the SAT on Saturday.

On the recruiting front, Henderson has been fairly busy.

"I got calls from Miami, Florida, Clemson, Louisville, Pittsburgh, U Conn, Lehigh, USF, UCF, and I think Maryland," he said. "I got my first scholarship offer in the mail the other day from Clemson so I was pretty happy about that."

Henderson said three or four schools definitely stick out in his mind right now.

"My top four would be Florida, Miami, Clemson, and Florida State," he said. "I think Florida has a real nice program. Florida State hasn't called me yet but they have been sending me a lot of stuff. You know Duane Coleman? He's a good friend of mine and he's going to Clemson and trying to get me to come up there with him."

However, Henderson does have a clear favorite right now.

"My favorite is Miami," he said. "I like the school a lot. Phillip Buchanon went to Lehigh and he's a friend of mine. I hang out with his brother a lot. I just like Miami's overall scheme. They like big tackles. Bryant McKinnie was really big like me, and they have two players now – Carlos Joseph and the dude from Miami Northwestern – that are big tackles. I think I could fit in well there."

Another reason for Henderson's strong interest in UM is because of offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

"Coach Kehoe is great," he said. "I like him a lot. I talked to him recently and he said to make sure I keep my grades up because he said I look like a stud. He wants me to come to Miami's camp, which I'm going to on June 22, and he told me to just stay in shape by running a lot and doing some squats."

Henderson is also considering going to Clemson's summer camp as well as Down & Dirty in Lakeland.

Personally, it sounds like Henderson is very high on the Hurricanes and if offered, I think he would jump all over it. That scholarship offer could very well happen at UM's camp later this month, as Henderson could be the state's top tackle prospect.

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