Most recruits from the Mid-Atlantic region don't grow up dreaming of playing in the Big Ten.
Caleb Henderson isn't most recruits, at least in that respect. The Class of 2014 quarterback from Virginia admits he grew up following one Big Ten team in particular.
"I've liked Ohio State for a long time," Henderson said. "Pretty much any school would be fine but I would prefer to play in the Big Ten. I just really like the Big Ten. I love the history of Big Ten football going way back. I would really love to play there."
It looks like he'll have his chance, it's just a matter of where. Michigan State offered the 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback from Burke ( Va. ) Lake Braddock about two weeks ago.
"I had been talking to them for a while but I was still really shocked and humbled by the fact that they offered," he said.
Henderson camped in Columbus with the Buckeyes earlier this summer and that was a huge event for him considering his long-time interest in Ohio State .
"I think I performed really well," he explained. "After talking with them they basically told me I'm pretty much their number one guy at quarterback in 2014. They haven't offered any QBs yet from 2014 either. I thought it was awesome up there at Ohio State. The whole school is dedicated to Ohio State football. The facilities are pretty much a shrine to former Ohio State players. It was great."
In the past Henderson indicated that Virginia was his favorite, out of all the schools that had offered.
This week he said he hasn't had a lot of contact with the Cavaliers or any of the local schools recently. The offer from Michigan State seems to have leveled the playing field or even shifted it away from the schools close to home.