GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Under Armour All-American cornerback C.J. Henderson took the final trip of his recruiting process this weekend with his official visit to Florida.
SEC Country spoke with Henderson’s father, Chris Sr., before he flew back home to Miami.
“It went pretty great,” Chris Sr. said of the UF trip. “We had a good time. Everything went well.”
The elder Henderson had brought his son to Florida before for an unofficial visit, but this weekend was a family affair.
“My wife and my other son, this was their first time,” Chris Sr. said. “So this trip was basically to let my family get familiar with Florida and just for C.J. to make sure this is or is not where he wants to be.”
The family spent a lot of time around defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, secondary coach Torrian Gray and on-campus recruiting coordinator John Herron. Having been to UF twice, what stands out about the school to Henderson’s father?
“The facilities and the college atmosphere,” Chris Sr. said. “The academics are great. Coach Shannon and Coach Gray are great coaches.”
Alabama, Florida and Miami are Henderson’s finalists. He officially visited the Crimson Tide last weekend and the hometown Hurricanes in December.
“There’s (secondary coach) Mike Rumph at Miami and Nick Saban at Alabama,” Chris Sr. said. “All of them have great coaching. It comes down to where he wants to go. He really likes all three schools, so he can’t go wrong.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback plans to decide on a school next week and announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
“He’s kind of stone-faced about it,” Chris Sr. said when asked about his son’s decision. “He just wants to weigh his options once he gets back. We’ll give him advice and talk about it. We’ll sit down with him and see which one he really likes.
“I just help him by asking questions. My wife also asks questions, maybe some questions that he didn’t think of. But we don’t have any input on where he’ll end up. Basically it’s going to be his decision. It’s all up to him.”
What will be the determining factors in Henderson’s decision?
“Who’s going to develop him to get better,” Chris Sr. said. “The education factor is big. I don’t think who’s coming in or who’s already there matters to him.”