Henderson talks Team USA and recruiting

Duncanville's Cornelius Henderson is a busy man these days. The 6'2" 290 pound defensive tackle has a lot on his plate as he's juggling the recruiting process, taking visits and trying to make the cut for team USA.

Duncanville's Cornelius Henderson is a busy man these days. The 6'2" 290 pound defensive tackle has a lot on his plate as he's juggling the recruiting process, taking visits and trying to make the cut for team USA. The young defender is hoping for a few more offers and hopes that the work he put in this weekend will land him a spot on the team USA roster. The roster will be released in September. So what was it like to have the chance to try out for team USA?

"Oh man, it was great" said Henderson. "It was a good experience, and more than just football. It was a lot about life lessons and stuff like that but hopefully I made the team. I'll find out some time in September."

With all the talent on hand for the tryouts, Henderson feels like he made a good impression on the decision makers. He says that he graded out really well throughout the process.

"I did excellent" he said. "At the end of the camp, they gave everybody a rating from 1 through 35 and on that scale, I got a 33."

With offers on the table from Arkansas State and Alabama State, Henderson already knows that he'll be playing at the next level. The question now is, what other school are going to jump into the mix with an offer?

"I'm staying in contact with Missouri the most right now" said Henderson. "I'm hearing a little from TCU too but I'm kind of favoring Missouri right now. "

"I'm also hearing from Indiana and Kansas State now too" he said. "I'm just looking for a place where I feel comfortable, a place that I can call home and a place where I can be successful. A place that fits me as far as scheme goes, but also off the field as well."

When talking about the different schools, you get the sense that Missouri has made quite an impression on Henderson. I asked him to tell me what it was about the Tigers that make them stand out.

"I really like the feel of everything (at Missouri)" he said. "The environment is really nice, I love the coaching staff and I just liked the feel when I went through there for my visit."

With visits to Missouri and one scheduled for Arkansas State, what else does Henderson have on his list of things to do this summer?

"I've scheduled a visit for Arkansas State but Missouri was my last visit" said Henderson. "I'm not sure on the other visits at this point."

After a good camp performance at TCU's camp in June, Henderson talked about his performance and his feelings about the Frogs. A little month later, Henderson still holds the Frogs in high regard but says one factor may be working against TCU.

"I really, really, really, really like TCU" he said. "As far as TCU goes, it's a great, great school. The only thing is, with it being so close; I don't want to have to be so dependent on my parents."

"I would love to go to TCU but it's the fact of, would I want to go farther away to be more independent?" he said. "Looking at things down the road, I don't want to have to be dependent on my mom and dad for everything. I feel like if I go a little farther, I'll have the opportunity to grow up a little faster."

With that in mind, TCU looks to have an uphill battle on their hands if they were to extend an offer to the big lineman. The Frogs have targeted a few defensive linemen that they think can help their program and Henderson is definitely a guy that they are considering. This will be a fun recruitment to watch down the stretch to see which schools throw their hat into the ring. Will the Frogs make a run at the Duncanville star or will Missouri make the first move? Stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com to find out.


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