Nobody has ever questioned Darrell Henderson and his skills. Last season he rushed for a 6A best 2,024 yards. The year before he ran for over 1,200 yards while leading his team to the 6A State Championship. But what has kept recruiters guessing would be how he would translate on the next level due to his size and speed.
"I worked hard this off season to put on some weight," Henderson said. "I was 5' 8", 175 this time last year and now I am 5' 10", 195. I have also been working a lot on my speed. I have been running with a 50 pound parachute and sprinting the 100's."
The new drills have helped his speed out in more ways than one.
"I am a lot quicker and faster now. I was working on my squats and getting my explosiveness up during the season. Now I am working on my quickness and speed. I ran a 4.32, 4.41, and a 4.28 at the different camps and combines this summer. I am a lot quicker too. It's not just my speed."
"I would have to really look at it because of their depth chart but most likely I would come on (board)."
The South Panola tailback has seen his recruitment pick up.
"The recruiting scene has started to pick up for me. It is better than I thought it was going to be. I am starting to hear from a bunch of colleges."
Henderson stopped by Ole Miss this month to visit with their coaches.
"Ole Miss has been telling me that they would like to have the best running back in the state that is not too far from them. They like my explosiveness and speed. I went over to their camp but couldn't run because I pulled my hamstring at MSU, but I got a chance to just hang out with their coaches for the day."
The running back coach at Ole Miss continues to build a good bond with the 6A Offensive Player of the Year.
"Coach (Derrick) Nix is a good coach. And me personally, I think he is one of their best coaches up there. He shows me a lot of love and a lot of respect."
Darrell has several friends and relatives that attend Ole Miss.
"It means a lot because I have some cousins and friends who go there. I come over there a lot and just visit my people. I know they fit in well over there so I know I would too."
Who are his latest offers?
"I just received three offers from Memphis, MTSU, and UT Martin. I performed at a high level at their camp. After their camp they called and offered me."
Which school could be next in line to offer?
"I would say Ole Miss or MSU. Ole Miss has a lot of depth at running back. They only have a few scholarships to give this year so I don't know what is going to happen. MSU is supposed to call coach (Lance) Pogue soon to let me know if they are going to offer me or not."
If Ole Miss were to offer what would happen next?
"I would have to really look at it because of their depth chart but most likely I would come on (board). They are kind of like home. Their fans and our fans are the same. We wear the same colors, and they love their football like our fans do. It isn't too far from here either."
Does Darrell feel slighted that he does not hold the scholarships like some of the other top prospects inside the state?
"It just motivates me to be honest. It makes me more hungry."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org