Bamberg-Ehrhardt (SC) High School is quickly establishing a reputation for sending top-notched talent into the college ranks. They are responsible for producing DEs Ricky Sapp and Daquan Bowers, who are now suiting up for the Clemson Tigers respectively. B-E is also the home to 2010 OL/DL prospect, AJ Cann, who has simply been erupting onto the recruiting scenes lately. However, there is one other prospect that has been emerging onto the recruiting scene as of late. His name… Justin Henderson, a 6-4, 232 pound defensive end from B-E High School.
Last fall, the big guy tallied up 60 tackles, 10 TFL, 7 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball for the Red Raiders. Henderson's success on the playing field last season has parlayed into some early success on the recruiting front this winter. In fact the 2010 star is currently holding scholarship offers from Tulsa, Colorado, Appalachian State, and Texas A&M. One other team that has emerged onto the scene as a major player is Vanderbilt.
"Vanderbilt has already extended me a verbal offer," Henderson told VandyMania.com in a recent interview. "They want to wait and officially offer me whenever I meet them on the 21st of next month. The Coach that I've been talking to from Vanderbilt mentioned that Coach Johnson likes to hand out official offers in person. So I am definitely planning to go up there on the 21st for Super Saturday."
Justin cannot wait to get up to Vanderbilt to learn more about the up and coming SEC program. However though, he won't be going into Nashville blind-folded, due to the fact that he's been checking out a few things about the emerging program. "I've been doing a little bit of research on their program," Henderson said. "I know they are a great program academically, and that I'd be able to get a good education from Vanderbilt. On the football side of things, I watch them on TV all the time. They have really turned their program around. They always play well against really good teams. I think they compete well in the SEC."
Should the Commodores officially offer Henderson while he's in Nashville on March 21st, how would it play into effect with his recruitment? "Right now my top three are South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Clemson; in no particular order," Henderson said. "But if Vanderbilt was to offer me officially on the 21st, that would probably put them on top. Especially if I get up there and really fall in love with the place."
We will bring you a full report on Henderson's visit to Nashville, so be sure to stay in tuned with VandyMania.com to find out how things fared for the Palmetto State standout…