July 29, 2012

Henderson hopes to improve stock

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's Friday Night Lights gave the Buckeye coaching staff an opportunity to see several top targets for the classes of 2013 and 2014 and one position that the coaches wanted to focus on was the quarterback position. Burke (Va.) signal caller Caleb Henderson made the trip back to Columbus to throw again and hopefully do enough to convince the coaches that an offer may be necessary for the 6-foot-4, 223 pound quarterback.

Henderson has been on the Ohio State campus before and took part in one of the annual Senior Advanced Camps but had also circled the Friday Night Lights camp as a chance to shine and came away impressed with what he was able to accomplish in front of the staff.

"It was awesome, especially being in there at night," Henderson said. "I feel that it was the biggest privilege for me and I was just honored to be in the situation that I was in."

At the camp there was no 'measurables' testing of the players but the last time that Henderson was on campus but he has very impressive numbers for a player of his size with a 4.7 second (40-yard-dash), a 4.25 second shuttle and a 32-inch vertical leap. But throwing the ball is what a quarterback does and Henderson felt that he performed better on Friday than he did back in June.

"I think I threw it even better, I threw my long balls better," Henderson said. "I thought I had a really good spin on the ball and I felt like if it wasn't such a good throw sometimes that I put it in places where my receivers could make me look good and they could make a play. I felt good today."

Henderson was joined by fellow class of 2014 signal callers Drew Barker, Deshone Kizer and Joey Duckworth on Friday night and the Buckeyes were taking notes on all of these players and a couple more national quarterbacks as well. Nobody expected any offers to be extended directly after the camp but Henderson is still hearing the right things.

"I was with coach Tom Herman the entire night and he said I did really well and that he would be contacting me very soon," Henderson said. "Hopefully that is a good sign."

The '14 star already holds offers from Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Michigan State and is starting to draw more interest from other schools as well and Henderson is excited to hear from anyone who is interested in him.

"I am still pretty open, I just am wanting to see other schools and see what they have to offer," Henderson said. "I just want to have fun right now and focus on my team and be with my team."

But if Henderson has his way, he will likely end up focusing on one conference when it comes to the end.

"I really pretty much like the Big Ten schools," Henderson said. "I just like the Midwestern feel of football and I think everyone is really nice around here and I just want to go somewhere in the Big Ten."


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