Harper's Henderson is a freakish athlete

Last season, Harper DE Devin Henderson (6-4, 275) was working on academics instead of terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, however now with his grades in order, he's set to rush the passer once again and because of his outstanding speed and athleticism, he's a player already getting long looks from several four-year coaching staffs...

Henderson prepped at Glenbrook South in Glenview, Illinois and had Big 10, MAC and Big East schools looking at him.

"I wasn't a D-1 qualifier," Henderson admitted to JCFootball.com recently. "I had a lot of schools saying they wanted to offer me, but they didn't offer. Central Michigan and Western Michigan both liked me a lot and Illinois and Michigan both liked me a lot."

Harper was relatively close to home for Henderson, so he made his way there and enjoyed a solid freshman season in 2008 where he posted 24 tackles and 4.5 sacks while rotating along the front-four for the Hawks.

"I play on the weakside at defensive end, but this year I'll play on the strongside according to my coaches," Henderson said. "I'm more of a pass-rusher, but I've been getting a lot better at stopping the run. I've sorta become a student of the game and playing my position since I had to watch last season."

Because he had to watch last fall while getting his academics in order, he said all he did was lift and work on his speed and it paid off this spring.

"This spring I ran a 4.47 forty time," Henderson said matter-of-factly. "People couldn't believe it because of my size, but that's what I ran. I've been getting faster since high school. I usually play around 280 or 285 so I'll get a little bigger and stay fast so I can play fast."

Recruiting has been humming along for Henderson over the past few months as schools have let it be known they like him.

"So far, Iowa is the school saying they like me the most," Henderson said. "Tennessee and Oklahoma have also made contact with me and are recruiting me along with Central and Western Michigan.

"Northern, Eastern and I think Southern Illinois are all recruiting me and Illinois and Michigan have been on me a little.

"I'm open to everyone right now. Nobody leads, but I definitely want a school I can enjoy my time at and a good football program."

Henderson is on track to finish his AA degree after the season. He'll sign in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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