Since most college and high school football fans are fully enthralled in the new football season, the fact that college coaches can now directly call 2009 recruits hasn't been widely publicized. While early recruiting and the onslaught of junior commitments has lessened the impact of the September 1 contact period, there are still quite a few high profile prospects going through the recruiting process looking for the right school.
In addition, those players that have been committed will now be called directly by other college coaches for the first time, and the question arises whether these recruits will re-open the recruiting process or stick with their original commitment.
That has been a burning question for Dallas Carter defensive lineman Chris Henderson, who committed to the Aggies immediately after the Maroon and White Spring Game but over the summer took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma and has flirted with other schools along the way. So which school was the first to call this week?
"Texas A&M was the first to call," Henderson said. "Coach Sherman himself called me and we talked about my game. We didn't talk much about A&M's game. He just said he needed me right away."
With Henderson taking unofficial visits after committing to the Aggies, did the topic of his commitment and his status as an A&M commitment come up in the conversation?
"Not really. We talked about all kinds of things, mainly about our win Friday night and the fact that he says I'm somebody they need who can come in right away and contribute as a freshman," Henderson said.
While he remains committed to Texas A&M, Henderson did say that he would like to take a couple of visits to make sure he's certain of his decision. He spoke to Oklahoma on Wednesday and he's contemplating an unofficial visit to see a game later this month.
"Yeah, I'm thinking about going up to OU for a game in a few weeks," Henderson said. "I'm supposed to go up there with Kevin Brent (four-star safety, South Oak Cliff) and we'll see what happens."
For Henderson, his decision could come down to whether he wants to be an immediate contributor on a program on the road back to prominence at Texas A&M, or be a part of an established national power that competes every year Big 12 Championships.
"That's a tough one. I like Texas A&M and the fact I can go there and contribute immediately to their success," Henderson said. "But OU is already a winner and you know they will be there every year. I do want to win. That's what makes this so tough."
Henderson plans to make it down to Kyle Field for an Aggie home game as well when his schedule permits. Speaking of schedules, Dallas Carter travels to face Waco University this Friday at the Waco ISD Stadium.
Henderson gets first call
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