Pass rusher believes in Vols' direction

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Not only did the student section inside Neyland Stadium this past Saturday create a deafening environment, but the recruiting section contributed to the nearly unbearable crowd noise as well.

In fact, 2014 Tennessee commit Joseph Henderson left his voice inside the stadium after the Vols' near upset of No. 6 Georgia.

The FOX Sports and Scout three-star defensive end held no regrets after leaving a game that he will never forget.

"This was an unbelievable game and I enjoyed getting up and supporting the team with the other commitments and recruits," Henderson told InsideTennessee. "I felt like I was in the game the way my adrenaline was pumping. They came really close to pulling it out."

While the Vols came just inches short of a benchmark victory for first-year head coach Butch Jones, Henderson remains a strong believer that the program is steered in the right direction.

"Butch has a real good plan with the team," the Cleveland, Ohio, native said. "He really made some great play calls and showed what he has for the team and the future. I see the tides shifting toward Tennessee."

After the game, the nation's No. 51 defensive end gathered in the Peyton Manning Locker Room with other Tennessee commitments, which make up FOX and Scout's No. 2 recruiting class in the country, to talk about the excitement that is building for their arrival.

"We are all bought in on the program and believe that Tennessee will soon be returning to the national scene," he said. "All the commits are working together. We think we can bring all the pieces together next season."

? Henderson finds the family vibe that surrounds the program to be a major influence on why he chose the Vols over more than 20 other offers from major programs.

"Everyone is a family around here," Ohio's No. 30-ranked player said. "The family type bond can't go unnoticed and that's the main thing I look for in a college besides education and the talent of the football team."

Communication with current players and coaches has been almost daily for him as well.

"We all talk and are in a big group message together," he said. "We all message the coaches, Butch Jones, all of them. Butch has recruited me since I was a freshman in high school. The camaraderie is already set."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has been creating havoc in the backfield against his opposition this season with 7.5 sacks for the Shaker Heights Red Raiders (4-2).

This past summer at The Opening, Henderson was clocked at 4.76 in the 40-yard dash.

"It's all about using my speed against the tackles," he said. "A lot of them can't get their hands on me and I use my speed as an advantage."

As far as his weight he says that will be taken care of once he arrives to college.

"The coaches here told me to basically maintain my speed and quickness for now," he said. "When I come in here they are going to put the weight on me."

Henderson's plan is to keep improving his technique and pass rushing abilities the rest of the season.

On Saturday, Shaker Heights plays host to Medina (3-3).


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