Henderson Ready for Summer

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards linebacker Troy Henderson is up to seven verbal offers with visits in mind for the summer. The three-star outside linebacker spoke Wednesday with ScarletReport.com about the latest in his recruitment and where Rutgers stands.

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards linebacker Troy Henderson is fresh off a visit to Syracuse, and will visit Rutgers this summer as he tries to get closer to a decision.

Henderson works out in front of schools daily during the spring evaluation period, and remains upbeat about the recruiting process.

"Everything is cool right now," said the three-star outside linebacker. "I've got seven offers. Syracuse, Rutgers and Cincinnati are the biggest ones. I really like all three of those schools right now. I'm still just staying open and looking at everybody."

Henderson plans to visit Rutgers during the summer, where he wants to meet more of the coaching staff.

"I don't know that much but I'm looking to learn more," he said. "I like them a lot. I'm going to visit this summer, hopefully in June. I talk to [wide receivers coach] Ben McDaniels a lot. That's the one who recruits me. So that's who I always talk to."

McDaniels, whose father is a legendary coach in Ohio, recruits the region for the Scarlet Knights.

"He's a nice guy," Henderson said. "He's got some cool ideas, and I know he's a good coach. I'm going to meet him and everyone when I take a visit."

Henderson recently visited Syracuse, and was impressed by head coach Scott Shafer.

"I went up there to Syracuse, and I liked it a lot," Henderson said. "I liked the coaches a lot, and they were nice. Syracuse was a pretty cool visit because they showed me all over campus and I got to see a lot of stuff about their program.

Henderson will camp at Michigan State and West Virginia in search for offers. At a school filled with four- and three-star prospects, Henderson has plenty of chances to showcase his abilities during the spring evaluation period.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "We're out there working out at 6 a.m. and there's at least 10 of them every day watching me and my teammates. … I'm trying to show how I am around my team. I'm a positive leader. I work hard. I'm always competitive in the locker room."

Henderson has many former teammates playing in college, so he has a good idea of what he wants in a school.

"Education is the most important thing, and them I'm looking at playing time," he said. "How many linebackers do they have on the roster? I don't really want a coach that just talks at me. I want a down-to-earth coach that's all about family. I want a family-oriented program. Nobody is better than anybody."

There is no timetable for a decision for Henderson.

"I've started to think about it but I really have no idea," he said. "I was thinking that I might want to make my commitment before the season, but now I think I want to do it closer to Signing Day. We'll just see how it goes, really."

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