Pat Kinnison

Cowboy Back Prospect Henderson Gives Verbal

Tyler Henderson switched his commitment on Wednesday from the Naval Academy to Oklahoma State. The standout athlete is expected to be a Cowboy back when he arrives at OSU.

Tyler Henderson is a 6-4, 215- to 220-pound athlete who does some freakish stuff with the ball in his hands. Henderson was committed to the Naval Academy but as of Wednesday around lunch time he is now committed to Oklahoma State. He had been to Stillwater for two games and was convinced that Oklahoma State was where he wanted to be. 

"It's the atmosphere," said the Kyle (Lehman H.S.), Texas product who also plays basketball. "The coaches and the player that I was around were friendly and care about you. I'd been there twice and I knew it was where I wanted to be."

Tyler Henderson had modest stats for his team this season that finished 3-7, as he rushed for 482 yards on 72 carries for a 6.7-yards per carry average and he caught 23 passes for 185 yards. He had seven rushing touchdowns and three touchdowns receiving. He also played defensive end this season.

On video, it is his ability to move and contort through a defense in full pursuit and you also can see when he gets clear the kind of speed he has as he is listed at 4.43 in the forty. He may not be that fast, but he is fast. He also lists a 37-inch vertical jump and good numbers in the weight room (280 pounds on the bench and 400 on the squat). 

"It's just hard work and what I was able to get accomplished in the weight room leading up to this season," Henderson said of his abilities that show up on video. "I have some agility and I am willing to work hard to improve and get better."

Henderson, who also had offers from Texas State and Stephen F. Austin besides Navy and Oklahoma State, is another example of the Cowboys coaching staff uncovering prospects that sometimes get lost or undiscovered by some other programs. He is the second commitment like that this week as the Cowboys got a commitment from free safety Trey Sterling of Sunnyvale, Texas on Monday.

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