Jaquan Henderson Taking Versatility to UCLA

Sept. 28 -- Jaquan Henderson committed to UCLA last week and the Bruins are getting a linebacker with versatility...

  • Prospect:  Jaquan Henderson
  • Hometown:  Covington, Ga. 
  • High School:  Newton County
  • Class:  2017
  • Position:  Outside linebacker
  • Size:  6-foot 1/2, 193 pounds 
  • Ranking on Scout:  No. 17 OLB | No. 25 in Ga. | No. 229 Overall
  • Committed to:  UCLA

Strengths:

  • Speed
  • Athleticism 
  • Versatility
  • Coverage
  • Aggression

Areas for Improvement:

  • Weight
  • Play in the box
  • Shedding blockers

Henderson is an athlete who can run.  The name of the game now is speed and he has that.  He is a fluid linebacker that is more of a hybrid who can play on the second or third level of defense for UCLA.  If you want someone who can stay on the field against spread offenses, Henderson is your guy.  One of his biggest strengths is his ability to run with running backs and even cover some top wideouts in space.  He is a little light, so he will need to add weight to become better inside the box, but he attacks, he plays fast, and he is a versatile player who UCLA will be able to move around.  He has ball skills, he can hit, and the Bruins may have stolen one out of the South with this commitment.  Overall, Henderson is a new-age linebacker who can play in multiple schemes and be that hybrid that lines up on the slot, that plays the running back out of the backfield, that can be used in blitz packages, and that can be a real defensive weapon.


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