Henderson talks about pledge to SMU

One of Southern Methodist latest commitments has a vision and goal for his tenure on the Hilltop. Abilene Cooper's Brandon Henderson wants to be a part of something special and wants to play an active role in the Mustang's fortune reversal.

One of Southern Methodist latest commitments has a vision and goal for his tenure on the Hilltop.

Abilene Cooper's Brandon Henderson wants to be a part of something special and wants to play an active role in the Mustang's fortune reversal.

"June Jones is about to do great things at SMU," Henderson told PonyStampede.com Wednesday afternoon. "Instead of going to a program that's already winning, I want to be a part of something special. I want to be part of the reason of the Mustang's future success."

Henderson broke his commitment last week to his hometown newspaper; in that report the standout defensive end sounded somewhat questionable on how committed he was if other teams come calling. Henderson put those questions to rest.

"I'm committed to SMU," Henderson said. "Kansas and Baylor are close to offering, if they do it will be nice to know others want me, but SMU got here first. I plan on sticking with the Mustangs."

According to Henderson, his pledge hasn't kept others from coming after the talented player.

"A lot of schools are still showing interest," Henderson said. "A lot of teams want me to play different positions. SMU is telling me they want me to play rush end, because of my speed off the edge, they also mentioned me playing at middle linebacker."

Henderson is listed at 6-foot-1 and 225-pounds, about a half inch too short according to the future Mustang defender.

"I'm actually about 6-foot-1 and a half inch," laughed Henderson. "I feel like I'm going to grow some more before everything is said and done."

Henderson is enjoying all the attention that his commitment to the Mustangs has brought to his hometown.

"Everyone is proud of me for going to school to play football," Henderson said. "I'm the first one in my family to get an athletic scholarship. My mom is really happy and proud of me."

All the attention has shown Henderson one thing.

"I know I made the right decision by choosing SMU," Henderson said. "It's an up and coming program. Great things are going to happen in Dallas under Coach Jones and I'm going to be a part of that."

Henderson hasn't been to the SMU campus yet, something he plans on doing in the next couple of weeks.

"I will be going to camp there next weekend," Henderson said. "I'm excited about seeing the place and getting to know the coaches better. I like Coach (Bert) Hill a lot; he is very excited about what's going at SMU."


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