In Jon Henderson's 2009 highlight film, you will notice a play where he is able to track down a defender from 10-yards behind to make a touchdown-saving tackle. This Leander product brings some serious speed to the table at slot receiver and defensive back, which are the two positions A&M is recruiting him at. After receiving an offer from A&M in February, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior made multiple visits to College Station. On Saturday, Henderson became the 4th verbal pledge of Texas A&M's 2011 class.
"It felt like the right thing to do," said the first-team All-district athlete about his decision to commit to A&M. "I feel in love with the campus. A&M is a place where I can get an excellent education as well as a play football. The way I looked at it was if I took football out of the picture would I be comfortable staying there for the next four years? The answer was obviously yes so why would I hold back? I know I've made the right decision."
Henderson met with his area recruiter Nick Toth after the Maroon & White game to give him the good news.
"I wasn't necessarily going to commit to A&M on Saturday but Coach Toth made me feel so comfortable about the entire situation. He didn't try to force me into committing. Like I said, it just felt like the right thing to do."
The Leander athlete has played running back, receiver, cornerback, and safety during his tenure there. The Aggies are looking at Henderson on both sides of the ball and according to Jon, he doesn't have a preference.
"I really don't mind playing offense or defense. I'm open to playing both positions. It's whatever gets me on the field quicker and where the coaches best see me fit."
As a junior, Jon recorded 45 receptions for 719 yards and 10 touchdowns, 54 rushes for 278 yards and added 3 more touchdowns.
"I have great speed and quickness," he said. "I'm very smart and I know where to be and how to get open. I get into the right spot at the right time."
He says he can bench 275-pounds, squat 400 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.
"I'm still trying to get more explosive and breaking away faster," he said. "I also want to improve my route-running."
Henderson plans to major in business and reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 1700 three-part SAT.
Leander Athlete Pulls The Trigger On Saturday
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