D.J. Henderson’s official visit to Tennessee was all about family.
The junior college defensive back from Dodge City Junior College (Dodge City, Kansas) committed to Tennessee in part to get closer to his home. Henderson’s family ties to the Southeast were reconnected last weekend.
“There’s nothing like it,” said Henderson, who attended Byrnes High School (Duncan, S.C.). “I enjoyed it. My family enjoyed it, so that’s a good thing.”
Henderson had been hearing from Florida coaches regularly but said he’d shut down his recruitment after visiting Knoxville, Tenn., with his father, mother and grandmother.
“The crowd, the atmosphere,” Henderson said when asked what stood out about the visit. “Even though it was a small game, there were a lot of people there. The support from the fans and the love from the coaches, that’s what I took from it. It was a good experience.”
Henderson said he was also impressed by Tennessee’s facilities.
“Everything was nice,” the 5-foot-11, 173-pound prospect said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It was huge. The food they had, everything was nice.”
Henderson committed to Tennessee in September. He is scheduled to sign with the Vols in mid-December and enroll in January.