Standout OL Still Favors UM

This talented offensive line prospect impressed UM coaches this spring and then impressed them again at summer camp. He talks about his experience at the camp, and about the recruiting process.

Another top notch prospect that attended the University of Miami summer camp in hope of landing a scholarship offer from the coaches was Lehigh (Fla) Lehigh Aces offensive lineman Mario Henderson.

Although he didn't get the offer, Henderson feels he impressed the UM coaches.

"It went real good for me," Henderson told me. "I learned a lot of new stuff from a great offensive line coach. He taught us a lot about our stance, how to pass block, and how to work your arms. There were a lot of really good linemen out there and I think I did pretty well for the most part."

At 6-foot-6 and 333 pounds, Henderson said one player jumped out at him on defense.

"The best defensive lineman there, hands down, was a dude named Bryan [Pata]," he said. "That guy was really fast and really strong. He was very difficult to block and I think all the offensive linemen felt that way about him. He told me he's committing to Miami, so I think they're getting a great player."

Me too, Mario.

So what did Henderson and the UM coaches talk about?

"They basically said they liked my performance and that Coach Kehoe will be watching me this season," he said. "He told me to keep working hard and to make sure I pass my SAT's.

Henderson still has the Hurricanes as his leader.

"I'm trying to leave my options open," he said. "The Miami coaches know where I want to go. I know where I want to go. But I want to take my visits and see who offers me. Right now, Clemson's moving up my list. They have offered and they seem to like me a lot. I'd also like to visit Florida State and Florida."

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