Henderson leads El Camino's secondary

As a freshman this past season, El Camino S Kaelyn Henderson (5-10, 185) was solid for the Warriors and he returns this fall to lead what will likely be one of the more talented secondaries in the state. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented DB recently and he updated us on things including how his offseason is progressing...

"Since the end of the season, we as a team have been working out hard and I've been really focused on getting better every day," Henderson told JCFootball.com. "A big thing for me was I wanted to get my footwork down. I played quarterback in high school, so last year was really my first year on defense. I just needed to get my footwork a little better so that I'm not wasting any steps, so I've been doing a lot of footwork drills and other stuff that will help with it."

As a freshman last season, Henderson totaled 37 tackles and one interception playing mostly strong safety. This fall he will be moving back to free safety where he knows he will need to be an even better leader than he is already.

"I started eight games as a strong safety, but this year I'll be more in center field as a free safety. It will allow me to see things a little better and hopefully I can make more plays," Henderson said. "A big part of my games is making plays so being a little further back will help a lot with that.

"I also have to make sure I get our secondary lined up right and that means I need to know offenses a little better and make sure I get us where we need to be."

On the recruiting front, Henderson has heard from one school and he's exoecting more to take a look at him this spring.

"Wyoming is the one school I've talked to so far," Henderson said. "They told me they'd be recruiting me this spring and summer and they said they liked what I can do.

"We get a lot of schools through here during the spring, so I'm looking forward to seeing who stops by and likes me."

As a prep, Henderson graduated from Lawndale (Ca.) High School and, as noted earlier, he only played quarterback so, even though he was a full-qualifier, he didn't get a lot of recruiting attention from four-year schools.

"I wasn't really looked at as a quarterback, so schools wanted to see me more as a receiver or slot player or even as a DB before they would offer," Henderson said. "It also didn't help that I misses most of my senior season due to injuries (two high ankle sprains), so coming here to El Camino was what I needed to do and it's been a great place for me."

Henderson is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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