The Kentucky Wildcats received their first commitment for their 2010 recruiting class in the form of a 6-4, 232 pound defensive end from out of Bamberg, SC. We are talking about 2010 DE prospect Justin Henderson, who will be a rising senior for the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders this coming fall. The gifted athlete decided to put an end to his recruitment on Saturday evening after returning home from a trip to the University of Kentucky.
“I was there on Friday, and I left around noon on Saturday,” Henderson told SCPrepNation.com. “I stayed around to watch the scrimmage on Saturday. Afterwards I pretty much let the coaches know that Kentucky was where I wanted to be, but I didn’t commit to them right then and there. I wanted to wait until I got home to talk to my parents and my coaches. After talking with everyone, that’s when I made my commitment.”
The 6-4, 232 pound stud chose Kentucky over offers from schools like Tulsa, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, Maryland, and Northwestern.
Henderson’s decision was a little unexpected to say the least, especially after listing another SEC program as his clear cut favorite approximately two weeks ago. “My decision caught a lot of people off-guard, especially after having such a great time at Vanderbilt,” Henderson said. “And don’t get me wrong, I had a great time up there, but Kentucky just showed me so much love throughout the whole process.”
Justin also admitted that his relationship with the coaching staff had a lot to do with his recent decision. “Coach (Joker) Phillips has been primarily recruiting me from Kentucky,” Henderson said. “Coach Brooks is only going to be around for another year or so, and Coach Phillips is going to be the one to take over afterwards. They’ve basically put the whole staff in place already, and it’s pretty much going to be the same when Coach Phillips takes over. I love Coach Phillips, so I think that’ll be a good thing for me and my future.”
It would take Justin’s parents approximately 8 hours to make the drive from their home in Bamberg, SC to Lexington, Kentucky. But at least they don’t have to worry about lodging expenses, being that they have family members in Paris, Kentucky. “My mom’s sister lives out there,” Henderson said. “And I have a cousin that’s a year younger than I am who’ll be going to Kentucky too. So that’s definitely a good thing.”
Justin is on track to graduate in December of ’09, and has been kicking around the idea of enrolling at UK in January 2010. At any rate, whatever he decides to do, we are certain that the Wildcats will be standing with opened arms to accept this fine young man from out of Bamberg, South Carolina…