Sting Factor: Brandon Henderson's flip from Iowa State to Illinois
When a major program loses a key recruit, Rivals.com takes a look at how big of a blow it is to the respective school, analyzing it from a local and national level. To quantify the “sting” of each decommitment, we assign a score from one to 10, with one being no big deal and 10 being a catastrophic hit.
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Illinois had offered at that time but the three-star offensive lineman from East St. Louis, Ill., took his first visit ever to Iowa State, said it had a special place in his heart and decided to make his commitment in July.
But then Henderson kept getting recruited by Illinois and he’s watched the Illini have a surprisingly strong season. Another teammate in three-star linebacker Antwon Hayden is committed there.
And so earlier this week, Henderson flipped his commitment to the Big Ten program and coach Bret Bielema.
This is a pretty key loss for the Cyclones' coaching staff, as I would have put Henderson in the top tier of commitments in the 2023 class. He was a huge get for them over the summer and was a centerpiece of a class that at one time climbed into the top-25 nationally.
The timing of it also doesn't really lend itself to ISU finding a comparable replacement at the 11th hour. While Henderson likely wouldn't have made an impact in the near future, given his position on the field, he was a foundational piece of future offensive lines in Ames. - Bill Seals, CycloneReport.com
Sting factor: 8
Iowa State is down to two offensive line commitments and Henderson is a loss but there are plenty of talented Midwest linemen who would want a shot to play in Ames, for coach Matt Campbell and for offensive line coach Jeff Myers. Henderson is a talented kid from an exceptional program but he’s replaceable so while this is a significant loss it’s not the end of the world and the Cyclones will be OK.
It also doesn’t sting as much since the three-star flipped to a Big Ten school and not another Big 12 program. - Adam Gorney, National Recruiting Director
Sting factor: 5