Playing with the the Texas Team Elite squad that traveled to Irvine, Calif. to participate in the NFA 7v7 tournament over the weekend, 2019 Richmond (Texas) Travis wide receiver Arjei Henderson got his first taste of the West Coast and the Southern California weather.
"It's a blessing to just be out here. You get a new look and a fun experience, so it's a good deal,” Henderson said. “The weather is good out here. It gets pretty cold, but it's better than Texas weather. I like it out here.”
Henderson’s team didn’t perform great during the bracket play on Sunday and was put out relatively early, but he was able to showcase his abilities. He made a couple of leaping grabs in the end zone and also showed off his speed when he caught one pass in the middle of the field and raced through the entire defense, working his way toward the right pylon for a 30+ yard touchdown.
“I think I'm very explosive and I really like jump balls. My hands are strong. My route running plays a big part in my game.”
Henderson made an early commitment to Oklahoma. He has an offer from USC and his team took an unofficial visit to the school on Friday. Henderson throughly enjoyed the visit.
“The campus, the facilities, it's all, it's great. The coaching staff is fun. I like what they're all about. It's a good place to be. I had a great time and my teammates had a great time, so definitely a school that I will look into.”
USC has invited Henderson to come back out for a spring practice and also gave him an invite to their Rising Stars Camp during the summer. Henderson seemed intrigued about the possibility of returning.
“I mean USC is definitely a big school in my top 10, so it's definitely something I'm going to try to get back down here for.”
Watch Arjei Henderson, above, talk about his trip to California, his unofficial visit to USC and why he chose to commit to Oklahoma early in the process.
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