OH CANADA: 'Fan-tas-tic' DL goes crimson

COACHES BILL DOBA and Mike Levenseller were out on the recruiting trail today and sealed the deal on one of Washington State's top d-line targets. The newest Coug is a 6-3.5, 265-pounder with great feet and both the frame and work ethic to grow into a top flight d-tackle. An uber-athlete, he's Wazzu's second verbal commitment from North of the Border, and the No. 14 overall member of the class.

Trey Henderson had spoken in terms of "we" and "my" when discussing the official visit this past weekend to Washington State -- he had a pretty good idea of where he wanted to spend his college years coming out of the trip. Today, he made it official.

Out of British Columbia, Henderson sat down Wednesday afternoon with Doba and Levenseller today at Vancouver College Prep. After reflecting on the talk, Henderson called Doba, who was still in the area to see future Cougar and defensive end Tyson Pencer.

"I'm a Cougar!" said Henderson. "I had been thinking about it and I was pretty confident I was going to go that way. They had already met my parents and that went good, so I talked with my parents and I felt like it was time."

When Henderson reached Doba, the head man had an immediate reaction to the news from Henderson.

"FAN-tas-tic! was what he said," relayed Henderson. "Coach Doba and coach Levenseller, they were really happy and excited. And I'm happy to be a Cougar."

THE WORD ON HENDERSON is off the charts atheticism, and that he's going to do nothing but get bigger -- particularly after he gets in Washington State's weight program under Hall of Famer Rob Oviatt.

"This kid is monstrously athletic," said Chris Fetters, NW Recruiting Analyst at Scout.com. "I think he can get to 300 pounds easily. And the thing is he's naturally strong but he's, right now, really lean body wise -- Tons of room for growth there."

HENDERSON TRAVELED around the Pac-10 this summer, saying he had gotten a good feel for Washington State and the rest of the league over the course of the recruiting season.

"I camped at a lot of schools so I've seen the schools in the Pac-10 -- I enjoyed Pullman," he said. "I thought the smaller city was cool. I couldn't see any negatives, it just felt like the place to be."

Henderson said the visit to Washington State and meeting all the Cougar coaches was key. Coming into the trip, Henderson wasn't sure on the prospects of going from Vancouver to a college town like Pullman. All of that changed once he got out on the Palouse.

"It just felt right," said Henderson. "I could see myself there. I'm going to the school to compete (for playing time) and my buddy is there, Joe Eppele. And I got a chance to really enjoy what Washington State is all about when I was there.

Trey Henderson profile and video

  • The Cougs have long tapped the Canada pipeline to good result. Any listing of Canadians who have notched their place in crimson lore has to include one of the greatest Cougs of all-time -- Rueben Mayes. Other standouts from north of the border -- Brian Forde, Hank Grenda, Rob Meier, Don Sweet, Ted Gerela, Glenn Harper and recent No. 1 CFL draft choice Adam Braidwood (who also hails from Delta).

  • Like Eppele, who lived with him when he was a senior, Henderson is a nationally recognized hammer thrower in Canada. He set the Canadian youth mark earlier this summer, and has since broken his own national record.

  • Henderson brings to 14 the known members in Washington State's 2007 class: CB Byron Davenport, DE Luis Vasquez, LB Marshal Pirtz, QB Marshall Lobbestael, S/ATH Cornorris Atkins, RB Logwone Mitz, WR Daniel Blackledge, DE Tyson Pencer, OL Andrew Roxas, DT B.J. Guerra, LB Tyson Kirksey, QB Kevin Lopina and OL Kevin Freitag. Note: Lopina enrolled at WSU this summer and practiced all season with the team but because he was ineligible to play in 2006 after transferring from K-State, he is classified by Scout as part of the '07 class.


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