October 14, 2008

Henderson still receiving interest

Ole Miss appears pretty set at the fullback position for the future despite losing fifth-year senior Jason Cook, who has seen substantial playing time the last four years, after this season.

The Rebels have received a windfall with the addition of Andy Hartmann for the 2006 season. A former walk-on, Hartmann, now a true junior, has proven to be a capable backup and appears set to take over starting duties with Cook's departure. Behind Hartmann is Derrick Davis, a redshirt sophomore and H.R. Greer, a freshman who is being redshirted this season.

While head coach Houston Nutt has said he'll sign two running backs for each class, it's not so clear if he'll sign a fullback this season after signing Greer last season.

While the fullback position has largely been transparent in the Rebels' offense this season, Nutt featured Peyton Hillis for four seasons at Arkansas and got a ton of production from him, both as a runner and receiver. If Nutt can find that type of fullback for his offense, he'd likely sign him.

One prospect that may fit that criteria, should the Rebels sign a fullback, is Benton (HS), La. prospect Casey Henderson.

Henderson attended Ole Miss' senior camp last July and came away naming the Rebels on top, but since has cooled some toward the Rebels, in part, because of no offer coming his way.

"I'm still hearing from Ole Miss, and I still really like Ole Miss," Henderson said on Monday. "I've talked with coach (Derrick) Nix and he told me to send more game film. I'm late in doing that because we missed the first two games because of the hurricane. I hope once they see the film that I'll get an offer from Ole Miss."

Henderson, 5-foot-10, 225 pounds and rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, said he's currently hearing from Louisiana Tech, LSU, and Texas A&M in addition to Ole Miss. Northwestern State remains his only offer. He recently took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M.

He turned in an outstanding camp at Oklahoma last summer and has received some interest from the Sooners and also has received interest from Nebraska and Texas Tech.

While Henderson, accompanied by his mother last July, has already been on the Ole Miss campus once, he plans to make a return visit.

"I'd like to come up for a game this season just to see the game day atmosphere," he said. "I might do that on Nov. 1 (Auburn game) or later in the season. Then, I'd like to take an official visit later on."

Henderson says he's been recruited primarily as a fullback, but some schools are looking at him as a running back or even perhaps as a linebacker.

"I really don't have a favorite," Henderson said. "I just want to play football and I want a scholarship where I can get my college education."

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