Henderson Names His Top Three

Sooners Illustrated caught up with Ashton Henderson, 2012 defensive tackle prospect out of Jenks HS in Jenks (OK). Henderson names his top three at the moment and talked about his work in the weight room where he has been grinding hard since the Trojans season came to a disappointing end losing 50-47 to their rival, Union HS in the state final. Check below to see what the big man had to say.

Every state in the country has one or two schools that are talked about as the top dog of their state in high school football. For the state of Oklahoma one of those schools is Jenks HS. Known for sending multiple players to college including Oklahoma where Jenks has been a pipeline for the Sooners since back in the 1980s. Some of the most notable names to suit up in the Crimson and Cream from Jenks are Rocky Calmus, 2001 Butkus Award winner, Kejuan Jones, Jason Carter, Matt McCoy and currently Gabe Lynn.

For 2012 the Trojans have multiple prospects to watch out for including Ashton Henderson, a 6-foot-0 and 315-pound defensive tackle prospect. After losing to their rival Union in the state championship Henderson says he has just been hard at work in the weight room.

"We ended on a rough season but I overcame it and started working harder in the weight room so I don't see the same results next year," Henderson said.

Henderson has some impressive numbers in the weight room claiming a max of 345-pounds on bench press, 600-pounds on squat and 530-pounds on dead lift. So as you can see not only is his upper body strong but his lower body is extremely strong for a high school football player and would already stand out in a division-one weight program.

The talented junior had 53-tackles along with 4-sacks on the season and has been receiving attention from the Sooners who Henderson says he has interest in.

"I have some interest in them," Henderson began. "Close to home, good school and Coach Stoops is real cool."

The big man named his top three schools, which are Oklahoma, Miami and LSU in no particular order along with what he likes about each school.

LSU – "I like how they play younger people. And they have a history of sending my position to the league. So I feel like if I was to get there and do my best then I should have a pretty good shot at getting to the next level. And they actually have a good academic program as well."

Miami – "The defense they have is kind of my style of defense because everybody is fast. The bigger people that you would think would be slow are fast as well. And I believe I would fit in just right down there."

Oklahoma – "I always grew up watching Oklahoma. Before I got old enough to learn about college programs it was always just Oklahoma. That's all I heard about and all I talked about. Growing up and playing for the little ‘mighty- might' leagues and you try to prepare yourself for other teams try to compare yourself for someone from Oklahoma and try and play as good as them. So it was basically just growing up and believing in it."

The Hurricanes at the moment have not been involved with Henderson who says he wishes they would because he would love to go to Miami.

As of right now Henderson has only been to Norman one time this past year but plans on getting back pretty soon.

"I went to a combine (NUC Schuman combine) at Norman and they showed us around. I believe I'm supposed to be taking a visit to Oklahoma sometime in February as well," Henderson said.

As far as Oklahoma's defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp goes, Henderson says he hasn't talked to him personally but has heard some things about him.

"From what I've heard he's real crazy on the field," Henderson explained. "I mean what defensive lineman coach isn't but all the people that I've talked to like Alex Ross for example that went on his junior day visit said all the coaches are laid back. They yell and fuss but they love their players to death and try to push them to where they want to get. That would be enjoyable to go through."

Speaking of Alex Ross, 2012 running back prospect and teammate of Henderson's, the big man talked about their relationship and how it didn't turn into a friendship until high school.

"It's cool," Henderson said about his relationship with Ross. "It's really a crazy experience because Me, Alex and also the person that plays next to me on the defensive line, Orion Jones, we all hang out on a daily basis. The way some people try to make us you wouldn't believe it because at first me, Alex and Orion, none of us liked each other until high school. After high school we all cool and it's been real cool thing playing with them because we just joke around on the field and do what we have to do."

When it comes to a timetable on when he will want to announce his commitment Henderson says he won't be someone that commits early to a school.

"I'm going to explore my options," Henderson said. "I don't think I'm going to commit until later on in my senior year because I would hate to miss somewhere before I really get to explore that place and get to know what it is really about. Any college can say I'm real good at the moment when they are trying to pay for your school, any college can say I'm good but I'm just trying to make the right decision for myself."

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated as we follow Henderson throughout his recruitment.

Scout.com Recruiting Manager Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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