Will Vols Sign Another Henderson?

Tennessee hasn't cornered the market for defensive linemen named Henderson, but it has to be among the NCAA leaders.

John Henderson started the trend back in 1998 when he signed with Tennessee out of Nashville Cohn-Pearl High School. He won the Outland Trophy in 2000 and was a two-time all-American before being taken by Jacksonville in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

On national signing day in February, the Vols signed Army All-American defensive end Raymond Henderson out of Oak Creek High School in Wisconsin. Like John Henderson, who was a defensive end at Pearl-Cohn, Raymond may be shifted inside.

Now the Vols are attempting to add another Henderson to their defensive lineup with the recruitment of Aundre Henderson of Dupont Manuel High School in Louisville, Ky. The six-foot-4, 290-pound, trench talent plays both end and tackle for Manuel, but projects as a defensive tackle on the next level.

Owning 5.2 speed in the 40, Aundre doesn't have the insane speed ot either Raymond or John, but he has outstanding strength, quickness off the ball and he plays with solid leverage. He is also a tough hombre with a physical style of play that would serve him well on either side of the ball.

Aundre had a good showing at the Nike Combine in Michigan in May has seen his both his stock and options take a dramatic rise after having his junior campaign wiped out by injury.

"Everyone was really pleased with Aundre's performance," his father told Michael McCammon of Inside TheVille. "One of the coaches told me that there weren't any '10's' out there, but if he had to grade him he'd give him an 8 1/2 or 9. He was a little stronger than most guys and nine out of ten times he was quicker."

Aundre has since been named to Scout.com's South Hot 100 team checking in at No. 48. That's higher than any Tennessee prospect is ranked on the same list except for Jacques McClendon at No. 17 and Lee Smith at No. 22.

Henderson currently reports eight Division I offers including scholarships from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Louisville and Tennessee. The most recent offer he received was from Boston College. UT, reportedly, offered Henderson on May 31.

He joins a list of defensive tackle prospects the Vols have tentatively offered that includes: Charles Deas of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Lamarr Houston of Colorado Springs, Co., L.T. Walker of Wynne, Ark., Reggie Odom of Deland, Fla., Caz Washington of Destrehan, La., Leslie Stirrups of Tampa, Fla., Jarred Shaw of Lafayette, La. and Alex Deke of Statesboro, Ga.

There are several other tackles UT is evaluating with Michael Carter of Memphis Melrose High School being among the more prominent. Tennessee's staff is also combing the Junior College ranks in search of a run stopper. The Vols have received a verbal commitment from Jacques McClendon of Chattanooga, who is rated the state's No. 1 prospect by Scout.com.

UT loses both starting tackles after this season and are hoping to land a couple of D-line prospects that can step in and fortify the depth up front.

Who knows? Tennessee's defensive line of the future may sound like a law firm — Henderson, Henderson, Mitchell and McBride.


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