Four-star Covington (Ga.) Newton linebacker Jaquan Henderson committed to UCLA tonight, ending his recruitment early on in the process.
"After discussing it with my coaches and my family, I decided it was the best school for me," Henderson said. "My family loves UCLA. And I love them. So I decided I wanted to commit."
Henderson has played close attention to UCLA so far this year, and could see himself fitting in in multiple roles throughout the defense.
"I've watched a bunch of their games," Henderson said. "They're really showing everyone they're the best. Before the season's over, I think they're going to be No. 1. I think they're the best team around."
Henderson has built a really strong relationship with linebackers coach Scott White throughout the process. White was one of the earliest coaches on him.
"Me and Scott White talk day to day," Henderson said. "I feel like he's a great coach. We've got a great connection, and I feel like I can talk to him about anything, and he can talk to me about anything. I can call him, hit him up any time that I want to."
Henderson said White was extremely excited when they talked today.
"I talked to him about it today and I told him I made up my mind and wanted to commit to UCLA," Henderson said. "He was very excited because he's been wanting me to commit for the longest time. I made up my mind that I wanted to commit on my birthday, and (today) is my birthday, so I wanted to make that happen."
There's always speculation around southern kids that they might eventually want to stay closer to home, but Henderson says that he's given it a lot of thought and simply prefers UCLA.
"As of right now, I'm going to shut it down, because I really like UCLA," Henderson said. "It doesn't get better than UCLA. The atmosphere, the education. There's nothing like that."
Henderson and his running back teammate Kurt Taylor made it out to UCLA's spring practice earlier this year, and he fell in love with the school on his trip. He said a future trip this fall could be in the works.
"It depends on my parents," Henderson said. "They're really excited and they want to come back out there. So whatever they want to have happen, we'll do it."