ORLANDO — As January approaches, 4-star cornerback Christopher Henderson is still considering three schools: Miami, Florida and Alabama.
That decision came within the last month based on some crucial news on the Plains. Henderson’s primary recruiter was then-secondary coach Wesley McGriff who departed to take the Ole Miss defensive coordinator job.
It caught Henderson by surprise, which forced him to reconsider his relationship with Auburn going forward.
“My main recruiter ‘Crime Dog’ went to Ole Miss,” Henderson said Tuesday at the Under Armour All-America media day. “I wasn’t expecting that.”
Auburn originally recruited Henderson as a running back. Once the Tigers staff considered him a defensive back prospect, McGriff picked up primary control over Henderson’s recruitment. That was who Henderson spent most of his time with for his Nov. 4 official visit to Auburn.
Once McGriff left, it made it tough for Henderson to continue to consider the Tigers who were playing from behind anyways — though it encouraged Henderson to shift the way he thinks about the recruiting process.
“I was really considering them, and it really made me think about going to a school just for a coach,” Henderson said. “Because he was my main recruiter, I really didn’t get to talk to any other coaches once they switched me (from running back to cornerback).”