Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard junior offensive tackle Reno Henderson is a pillar for the Knights' offensive line. The 2010 season marked his first lining up on the left side and he admits it has been a learning experience.
"This is my first year playing left tackle," Henderson said. "I am a great run blocker. I just have trouble with my left foot sometimes getting back in time to make the blocks. I feel I am getting better as we go on."
With the 2010 season winding down, Henderson knows that this offseason will be crucial for him developing into the player he knows he can be. He intends to take lessons learned during his junior campaign and apply them to his offseason workout plan.
"You are always going to learn more than what you knew before," Henderson said. "During the offseason I just want to get my strength up. I am big but I want to get my strength up."
At this time, Henderson said he benches 260 pounds and his clean-and-jerk is 290 pounds.
While he has room to improve, Henderson performed well as Vanguard exacted revenge upon Citra (Fla.) North Marion on Friday night eliminating the Colts from the playoffs with a convincing 29-6 victory. Earlier in the season, North Marion defeated Vanguard 14-13.
"We should have beat them last time, we just weren't on point like we should have been," Henderson said. "This time we came back and did what we were supposed to."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman has already landed his first offer and says a few other schools are keeping up with him at this time.
"South Florida was the first school to offer me," Henderson said. "They are the only school that has offered me. I am hearing from Florida State, Florida, and Oregon. I get a bunch of letters."
When Henderson has spoken with South Florida offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler, he said that the Bulls' first-year line coach has simply told him he is needed in Tampa.
"He told me he likes to coach lineman like me," Henderson said. "Lineman with my kind of size and such. He was telling me he could make me a good player."
Henderson plans to attend a few camps during the offseason but he doesn't know any destinations at this time.