Tennessee has lingered in the back of three-star safety Jaquan Henderson’s mind for a couple of months.
Henderson received a scholarship offer from Tennessee shortly after he de-committed from UCLA in March. He named Tennessee as his top school after visiting in the middle of April and that remained the case as the calendar flipped to May.
“After seeing the facility and visiting the people, it was fantastic,” Henderson told 247Sports.com’s Ryan Callahan. “It had to be number one.”
Henderson is rated as the No. 30 safety in the Class of 2017 and the No. 41 player in Georgia, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He told Callahan he was impressed by everything Tennessee had to offer during his visit: From the way he was treated to the school’s famous checkerboard end zone pattern.
Henderson told Callahan that he has a great relationship with head coach Butch Jones. The question will be whether Jones and his staff can seal the deal and land a commitment from Henderson, who said he will make a decision before his senior season at Newton High School.
Henderson will pay Tennessee and Virginia a visit over the summer and will also try to get to LSU before making his decision, according to Callahan. A commitment from Henderson could provide an added bonus for the Vols, because they are also pursuing Henderson’s teammate and four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman.