Getting to Know DeMarcus Henderson

DeMarcus Henderson, a Mississippi State baseball signee, is an athlete, pure and simple. He was the starting quarterback for 5A South State Champion, Wayne County and has signed with the Diamond Dogs of Mississippi State. Thus far in 2010, Henderson is batting a torrent .585 with 8 HRs and 10 stolen bases. In his junior campaign he batted .455 with 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and swiped 16 bases.

Q: What is your true height and weight?
A: "5-foot-11, 155 pounds."

Q: You signed with Mississippi State, what stood out about them for you?
A: "I love the coaches, they were really upfront with me. They told me how many people they were recruiting at my position and they told me I was going to have to work to start. Most colleges were telling me I could just come right in and start but the State coaches were honest and told me it was up to me if I was going to start or not. I like that because it's not just about being talented, it is about your work ethic."

Q: You currently play shortstop. Do you prefer that position or another position?
A: "I mean it doesn't matter to me if I play shortstop or not, I just like to play. I'll play outfield, I just want to get in."

Q: You are a highly touted recruit, what schools did you choose Mississippi State over?
A: "Southern Miss, Delta State, Georgia, LSU, and Louisiana Tech all offered."

Q: You said you don't care where you play but have the State coaches told you how they plan on using your talents?
A: "They told me middle infield but I am not a guy that cares about what position I play. I just like to be on the field playing."

Q: Do you have any interest in trying to play football at MSU?
A: "No, I am just going to focus more on baseball. It's where my heart is."

Q: Have you been in contact with any professional scouts?
A: "Yeah I have. Most of them tell me that I need to be more consistent with my glove. I feel I am getting better, though. My biggest problem is that I charge balls to hard and don't break down and let them come to me at any point. I am getting more consistent with it though. I have never had anybody come in and teach me how to be consistent with fielding ground balls. A lot of times I would always try to field it as fast as I can and get it to first base. Now that I have been talking to scouts, I am getting better and better at that."

Q: What is your 60 time?
A: "6.4. It was a day in Lakeland (FL) I was all pumped up because I was racing a guy that I knew if I dragged around he would beat me. On normal days I am more like a 6.5."

Q: Other than shortstop, what positions do you play?
A: "I used to pitch more but now I just come in and close."

Q: What pitches do you throw?
A: "I throw a knuckle ball, change up, a 2-seamer (fastball), 4-seamer (faster), and a curveball."

Q: Do you throw the knuckler well or do you just throw it?
A: "I can locate it better than I can my changeup. Sometimes it doesn't have any movement on it, though."

Q: How did you learn how to throw a knuckle ball?
A: "I was just playing around in the yard with my cousins one day. We were just outside learning how to throw pitches and I had seen Tim Wakefield so I have been trying that since I was little."

Q: Can you talk about what being a Dandy Dozen selection meant to you?
A: "As a kid growing up I had always seen guys in the Dandy Dozen and it was one of my goals after coming up in ninth grade. When the season first started I was feeling a little pressure because most people were going to be looking up to me and coach pulled me aside and told me not to try and do to much, just play like I normally do. After that I have quit trying to impress people and started playing laid back just like I wasn't a Dandy Dozen."

Q: What are the strengths of your game?
A: "My speed, I can cover ground easily. If I chop a ball into the ground I can get down the first base line and beat it out 9 times out of 10."

Q: Who is the best player in the state that you have played against?
A: "JaCoby Jones. We are close buddies and are always competing."

Q: Who is your favorite professional baseball player?
A: "Jimmy Rollins."

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: "Lasagna."

Q: What is on your iPod right now?
A: "I have some Plies, Lil Wayne, Boosie, Young Jeezy, Yung Joc, and a little Michael Jackson."

Q: What is your walk out song?
A: "Going for the gold by Lil Wayne."

Q: Do you prefer cats or dogs?
A: "Dogs. I have some pit bulls."

Q: Other than baseball what are some of your interest?
A: "Just chilling out. I like fishing, hanging out with my friends and hanging out with girls and playing with my dogs."

Q: If I were to visit Waynesboro what would be the most fun thing to do?
A: "There isn't really much to do. You could go ride four wheelers or go shoot pool at the pool hall."

Q: If you could go on a date with any celebrity who would it be?
A: "Beyonce."

Francis Wright is a recruiting writer for, an independent website that covers Mississippi baseball, including high school, junior college and travel team ball. You can contact him by emailing

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