Henderson Remains a Tar Heel

From North Carolina's 2014 verbal commitment list, no pledge was closer to UNC offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson -- who this week accepted the head coaching job at Arkansas State -- than Caleb Henderson.

Regardless, Henderson, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback from Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock, says Anderson's departure doesn't change his commitment status.

"He's a great coach and I would have loved to have the opportunity to work with him," Henderson said. "But it wasn't in the cards. I'm still a Tar Heel and I always will be.

"But I need to get to know the new quarterback coach, whoever that maybe, and see how we mesh."

Once a replacement is named, Henderson hopes to get to know him during in-home visits, which can't take place until the Dead Period ends on Jan. 15, and his official visit that is schedule for the weekend of Jan. 18.

"[On the official visit], I'm looking forward to hanging out with the recruits and the new OC and quarterback coach," Henderson said.

Henderson last visited UNC when it hosted East Carolina. That was his first exposure to Kenan Stadium's game day atmosphere.

"I thought the atmosphere was great," Henderson said. "That's why I committed to UNC – for the school and the atmosphere. The great coaching is just a huge plus. I trust Coach [Larry] Fedora completely and know he'll hire someone who can get the job done."

On Wednesday night when word began to leak out that Anderson was the lead candidate for the Arkansas State position, Henderson called Larry Fedora. That's been Henderson's lone contact with UNC since.

"He said the offense will stay the same and that's a big deal for me," Henderson said.

Henderson knew there was a possibility Anderson would leave before his collegiate career ended – if not before it even started. Perhaps that made Anderson's departure easier for Henderson to deal with.

"I wasn't surprised," Henderson said. "Coach Anderson is a great coach and I always knew he wanted to be a head coach someday. I don't blame him at all."

Henderson led Lake Braddock to a 12-1 record, losing in the third round of the VHSL 6A playoffs to Chantilly (Va.) Westfield, a team it had beaten early in the regular season.

"I feel like we had a great team with a lot of talent," Henderson said. "I will miss them all desperately."

Operating an offense similar to UNC's no huddle, up-tempo, balanced spread, Henderson completed 142-of-243 passes for 2,159 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also rushed 129 times for 964 yards and 18 scores.

After the holidays, Henderson will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, along with fellow UNC verbal commitments Elijah Hood, Freeman Jones, and Bentley Spain.

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