If it weren't for a rash of injuries late in the season, things might have gone differently for 2014 Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill athlete Tyler Henderson and his teammates in the Georgia State Playoffs.
Unfortunately, Henderson suffered a broken collarbone just prior to the postseason, taking away one of the team's most versatile weapons. The 5-foot-9, 172-pounder lined up at wide receiver and running back for Collins Hill and also served as the team's primary return man.
But while the multipurpose Henderson has spent the last month on the mend, it hasn't stopped schools from showing interest.
"Duke came by last week and so did Yale," said. Henderson, who finished his junior year with 520 yards rushing, 322 yards receiving and 12 total touchdowns.
"Cincinnati also said they were interested but that was before the coaching change. I hope the new staff is still interested because I really like Cincinnati."
Because of his accomplishments in the classroom, several schools with renowned academic problems are pursuing Henderson, with Duke leading the way. He got a chance to get an up-close view at the Blue Devils during a visit earlier this fall.
"It was real nice and I like Duke a lot," Henderson said. "The facilities are nice and I like what they have to offer with a competitive football team and a quality education."
Henderson also recently started to hear from his first SEC school.
"I talked to South Carolina recently," he said. "They told me they like my film and they'll be up again for spring practice to look at me some more."
With the uptick in interest, Henderson is hoping his first offer will come soon.
"I really hope Duke is the first school to offer," he said. "I'm not sure what their timeline is, though. Yale is also in the mix and maybe Cincinnati depending on how the change mixes things up."
Less than two months after suffering his injury, Henderson is already out of his sling and has full range of movement and doesn't expect any limitations come spring ball. The quick recovery means a full slate of offseason activities.
"I'll probably hit up some camps and combines," he said. "I know I'll go to Duke again and probably to some other schools that I'd like to hear from, like Georgia. That's something my parents and have to discuss and plan out where I'll be going for camps."