Elite DE Prospect Talks About Visit

6-5, 255-pound <B>Raymond Henderson</b>, the #6-ranked defensive end prospect in the country, left his cold home in Wisconsin this last weekend to visit UCLA, and he obviously was impressed...

The weather in Wisconsin couldn't hold a candle to the weather in California this past weekend, and with the nation's No. 6-ranked defensive end, Oak Creek (Wisc.) High's Raymond Henderson (6-5, 255), visiting Westwood, it couldn't have worked out any better for the weather to be favorable.

"Oh man, the weather was great and Los Angeles is the place to be," said Henderson. "My trip to UCLA was great, man. It was just a great place."

Henderson was making the fourth of his five scheduled visits.

"I went to LSU earlier this year, and it was a great trip. Then I went to Iowa and Tennessee. Those places were real good too but, man, Los Angeles was a great time. The Rose Bowl is a real cool facility to play football in," said Henderson.

Henderson also said that there were other things he liked about UCLA than the weather. "The players were all real cool to me. They said that UCLA is really building a great program and I saw that on Saturday. They hung with USC and should have beaten them. They are up and coming."

Henderson was hosted by sophomore defensive end Justin Hickman on his official trip.

Henderson said the atmosphere in the Rose Bowl was just as impressive as at Tennessee and LSU, long known for their noisy venues. "The crowd was really into it. They got real loud for the defense," said Henderson.

Henderson said his time on his visit with the coaches went good as well. "Coach (Karl) Dorrell, is a real good, straight-forward guy. I like Coach (Don) Johnson a lot, too. I could definitely see myself playing for UCLA. The coaches there are good," said Henderson.

Henderson was asked why he couldn't convince teammate Travis Beckum to come and he said, "I tried talking with him about it, but he has to do what's best for him." Henderson, though, said he hasn't spent that much time thinking about recruiting. "It's really been all about my senior year. I haven't spent a lot of time talking to coaches because I am more focused on my season," said Henderson.

Henderson has one more visit arranged, this coming weekend to Nebraska. He finished the year with 85 tackles and 15 sacks for Oak Creek.

Henderson has a 3.4 GPA and score an 18 on his ACT, qualifying him for college.


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