Georgia Military Institute defensive end, Brandon Henderson has taken a unique route on his way to Division-I College Football. After graduating high school with only one Division-II offer, Henderson chose to pursue the junior college path in hopes of one day landing a big-time offer. From there, Henderson describes his story:
"I chose to go to Northeast Mississippi and they gave me a chance. So I walked on in the summer and I got cut, but they wanted me to come try out again in the spring, so that's what I did. They treated me almost the same as a redshirt. So spring came and I practiced with them and when it came down to who they were keeping, I was the first one that got cut for the second time."
From there, Henderson knew football was still something he wanted to pursue, so he looked at other options and other junior college opportunities.
"I knew I still wanted to play football so I went to a combine at Georgia Military College and about a week later they called me back and told me that they wanted me to come back and walk-on, so I did. I ended up making the team and started after the seventh game of the season."
The perseverance of Henderson as well as his loyalty to the game of football has begun to pay off as well, as he's landed offers from Georgia Southern, Georgia State, UL-Lafayette, Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, Houston, Charlotte and now, Toledo.
"Right now, all of the schools are about equal. I'm just trying to weight all of my options before I have any favorites," Henderson told us.
As far as visits are concerned, Henderson has taken two visits to Georgia Southern and Georgia State.
"I liked the Southern visit more than State because I'm not a huge fan of the city life that Georgia State is in, Southern had more of a country feel to it," he told us on the atmosphere of the programs.
So what kept Henderson going over the past two seasons after being cut over and over again? He says it was one of the only ways out of a neighborhood filled with poverty.
"Being from a poverty stricken town, there are not many ways out. I love playing football and knew that the only way to get my family out of that environment was to be successful in football. I knew that no matter what the coaches said that I could play Division-I football," he continued.
Now that Toledo offer weeks ago, Henderson doesn't have a plan for official visits. He is unsure if he will make it to the Glass City and does admit that he doesn't know much about the program but a lot can change over the course of the next few months. We'll keep you posted on the latest in Henderson's recruitment.