May 14, 2009

Henderson tops Jackets' wishlist

North Carolina High School quarterback Gabriel Henderson is quickly showing up on the radars of colleges throughout the Eastern United States. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are looking for one or two good dual-threat quarterbacks for Paul Johnson's option attack and Henderson could be a good fit.

The six-foot 187-pound quarterback from Southeast Raleigh High School passed for 2,301 yards, 29 touchdowns and threw just eight interceptions while running for 657 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season.

Henderson already has several offers from MAC schools, but the two ACC schools in Virginia are stepping up their recruiting efforts.

"I have written offers from Buffalo and Kent State," said Henderson. "I have verbal offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. I feel like the most important thing is to find a school where I feel at home at and where I can play at."

The Yellow Jackets have not offered Henderson yet, but their coaching staff has been visiting and putting in with the young quarterback.

"I talk to Georgia Tech everyday through emails and they have come by my school twice in the last two weeks. Assistant Coach Todd Spencer feels I'm the best quarterback they have tape of." He was here last week, and the Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack came by Wednesday. Georgia Tech is really up there, they are pretty high on my list. "Coach Spencer and I talk every single day through emails."

Henderson's timetable will also accelerate his recruiting. He wants to have a school in place before his senior year begins in Raleigh.

"Everything is really heating up for me right now and I just take everything day by day," he said. "I want to commit in the summer maybe sometime in August. I know I want to commit before my senior season."

As far as having a top two or three schools, Henderson declined to say, but he has several schools he likes.

"I don't really have a top list of schools right now, but Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are all on me," he said. "I know I'm going Georgia Tech, East Carolina, and Tennessee for camps this summer. I will probably go on officials visits during football season at Georgia Tech and Virginia. I'm pretty sure I'll be there."

Proximity will also be a factor for Henderson because he wants his family to be around.

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