The camp circuit in the summer gives college coaches an up-close and personal look at some of the top prospects on their recruiting boards. It also allows some sleeper prospects to emerge in the best possible setting as they compete with those top recruits. Last weekend at Oklahoma University, Casey Henderson was one of those prospects that emerged.
Henderson, a fullback from Benton, La., impressed the Oklahoma coaches enough that an offer may be on the way.
"It went real good," Henderson said. "I met the coaches and they talked to me and want me to come to Oklahoma now."
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Henderson made the biggest impression on the coaches with his blocking against some top prospects.
"I think I did pretty good, real good," he said. "We were doing the blocking scheme and I was blocking some linebacker and I think he was ranked like the No. 9 linebacker in the nation and I did really well against him. I had never really talked to Oklahoma. I was really hoping to impress them and look for an offer."
Henderson has no offers to date but coaches certainly know who he is. As a junior Henderson put up some big numbers in his team's wing-T offense.
"I had over 1,800 yards rushing this year," he said. "I made all-state and all-district and MVP of Shreveport. We went to the semifinals and lost to the state champions, Bastrop."
Among the schools showing Henderson interest are Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe, Ole Miss and Auburn.
"Probably Ole Miss and Auburn are showing me the most interest," he said. "They've been sending me the most letters, and Nebraska and Tennessee too."
At 5-foot-8, 225 pounds, Henderson is a bowling ball of a fullback, but he has some ability with the ball in his hands as well, evidenced by his 1,800 rush yards.
"I'm more of a runner," he said. "I can block. I like to run but I can block and I'm pretty good at both of them. I can catch it too. I played a little defense but not too much. We had a pretty good defense so I didn't have to."
Henderson, who did most of his damage on quick hitters and pitch plays, is looking to make some more strong impressions over the summer.
"I'm going to Auburn next week," he said. "I'm going to Arkansas camp and Ole Miss and Texas A&M too. I'm going to a lot of camps this year. I also wrestle so I think I may go to a wrestling camp too."
Henderson's toughness on the football field is evident on the wrestling mat as well.
"I wrestle in the 285 weight class and I only weigh 225," he said. "This year I got fourth in state and my sophomore year I got second in state."