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It’s been a busy two weeks for Christopher Henderson.
The 4-star South Florida prospect recently decommitted from hometown Miami before taking his first official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.
Then on Monday, the Top-150 recruit received his honorary Under Armour All-American jersey in a ceremony at Columbus High School.
“It’s been crazy,” Henderson told me.
“It was a great accomplishment. A great goal to achieve. I’ve always dreamed about (being an All-American).
As for his official visit to Tennessee, Henderson said he “loved it,” adding, “It was very good.
“I got to see a lot of good things. I got to bond with the coaches and stuff. They moved up a lot. They’re one of my top schools now. They’re one I’m taking serious. I’m reconsidering (everything).”
Having never visited Tennessee, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback was glad to get out of South Florida, explaining the richness in seeing something new and different for the first time.
“I’d never seen the mountains,” he told me.
“Miami, downtown is just buildings and stuff. It was something new. It was cool.”
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— Chris Henderson Jr. (@HendersonChris_) October 16, 2016
Although Henderson saw the Volunteers get shellacked 49-10 against No. 1 Alabama, Tennessee’s coaching staff explicitly explained just why they’d like him to jump on board.
“They need playmakers right now who can make an impact on the field,” he said.
“Coach Butch (Jones) told me because of the 12 starters missing, I could’ve been starting that game.”
Henderson is an electric athlete, clocking a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash while playing multiple positions at Columbus. He eyes playing defensive back in college and said he bonded with Tennessee freshman receivers Tyler Byrd, who served as his host, and Brandon Johnson — a pair of native Floridians — during his visit.
“Tyler told me he loves the city of (Knoxville) and he made a great decision coming to Tennessee,” Henderson said.
“He loves Tennessee and said I would, too.”
For now, Henderson isn’t in any rush to make another commitment. The 4-star prospect is mulling a decision date on Jan. 1 at the Under Armour game, but he’s “not 100 percent set yet.”
He will take his remaining official visits to Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Florida, exploring the same thing he looked for at Tennessee: the perfect fit.
“I want to know would I be having fun during the offseason?” Henderson explained.
“Could I stay up there for a while by myself? I’m looking (for) somewhere that’s comfortable for me.”
SEC Country Take
Tennessee certainly made impression on Henderson, but was it enough to truly poach the speedy athlete from South Florida? I’m not so sure.
The Gators still feels good about their chances, while Henderson will also visit a couple of other SEC schools before the end of the year. Getting in the conversation with a prospect like Henderson is nice, but I think the Vols need to get the cornerback back on campus to have a real shot at landing the 4-star recruit.
Top 3 performances by Vols commits
* Mississippi tight end Chase Rogers continued his strong senior season, hauling in 8 catches for 133 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the year, the St. Stanislaus standout has 43 receptions for 717 yards and 9 touchdowns.
* A fellow Magnolia State native, Hattiesburg (Miss.) receiver Jordan Murphy set a school-record Friday with 10 catches for 297 yards and 3 scores. Murphy has had a monster season, tallying over 1,000 yards and scoring multiple touchdowns in six-straight games.
* In-state commit Theo Jackson recorded an interception for the second-straight week. The future Volunteers defensive back also added several catches for Overton in its win over Ravenwood.