It is what unfolds in the final week that will determine where the Trojans end up in their hunt for another recruiting title. One prospect that has seen a great deal of interest as of late from Southern Cal is Vancouver College Prep (BC.) defensive-end Trey Henderson.
Henderson was recently offered a scholarship from the Trojans, but the talented lineman is by no means a stranger to the university. Henderson attended the Rising Seniors Camp at SC over the summer, and feels that it was a solid performance there that eventually left a scholarship offer from the Trojans sitting on his front doorstep.
“It all happened real fast,” said Henderson of his most recent offer. “The coaches at SC were in a meeting and needed to address the lack of defensive linemen they were bringing in. SC was actually the first school to call me, and they invited me to their camp. Ruel brought my tape out and the coaches loved it, after watching some of my senior film they offered me a scholarship.”
Regardless of how the events shook out, Henderson is now holding a scholarship offer from one of the premier programs in the country. Henderson understands the significance of his most recent offer, and was very excited about the news.
“It was just surprising for me and my family,” commented Henderson. “After my commitment, we didn’t think anyone would pop up, especially not SC. They told me that they have been interested for a while. It happened late, but I’m really excited about it.”
Henderson has stricken up a good relationship with Pat Ruel, who is in charge of recruiting the talented Canadian lineman.
“Coach Ruel is a great guy,” answered Henderson when asked what he thought of the coach in charge of recruiting him. “Back at the camp, I got a chance to hang with him for a bit, and that was great. Coach Holt is also a great guy and all of the coaches are real down to Earth and really get excited about football.”
While Henderson is excited about the opportunity presented to him, he remains committed to Washington State.
“I’m really excited about USC,” confessed Henderson. “But I am still committed to WSU. I’ve always been interested in USC, so I am going to visit this weekend. I want to learn more about the school, from the academics to the school itself. I want to see if I get along with the players, but I am definitely, definitely, interested.”
Heading into this weekend’s visit, Henderson has set aside a few things he would like to see before making any drastic changes in his commitment.
“I know that SC is a real good school academically, so I want to see more of the campus and meet more of the people involved with the school itself. I want to get a chance to hang out with the coaches and meet the players, see if I fit in there. I’ll get a good look at what it’s like there on a daily basis.”
Although Henderson is still committed to Washington State, he is not ruling the possibility of committing to USC if he enjoys his time spent in Southern Cal.
“Yes, there is a chance I could commit if I really enjoy my visit,” said Henderson. “WSU is the only school that I’ve visited, so this will give me a good opportunity to compare the two.”
The offer from USC has already sparked a great deal of conversation amongst the family, and Henderson said his family would be behind him regardless of the decision that he makes.
“I’ve talked a lot with my family about both schools. They just tell me to go with my heart, and that is what I plan to do. It’s a very big decision, but they will be happy for me wherever I go. My dad is going to come with me on the visit to SC, so that will give him a good chance to see what it’s like there.”
One thing is for sure, Henderson will be a prospect to keep an eye on as signing day nears.
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