It's not every day a team gets a commitment from the little brother of their best departing player. However, that's what happened at Maryland yesterday.
"I took a tour of the school and spoke to the coaches some more," said Aberdeen, Md. athlete Erin Henderson, the younger brother of superstar linebacker E.J. Henderson. "It came down to Virginia and Maryland, but Maryland told me I could start off as a quarterback and I also felt more comfortable there. I've been around the program a lot."
Henderson, a 6-foot-3, 217-pounder with 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, threw for 1,005 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. On defense, he averaged 13.7 tackles-per-game at linebacker.
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"If things don't work out at QB, I'll play linebacker," he said. "I really think I can be a quarterback at Maryland though. That's my preference."
Henderson's brother was an All-American linebacker at Maryland, but Erin claims that big bro' had little to do with his decision.
"Actually, he had nothing to do with it," he said. "Following him at Maryland will be fun but it will be tough too. It might have been easier to go someplace else, but Maryland is home."
Virginia had offered Henderson as a linebacker while he was also receiving interest from North Carolina, Florida State, Penn State and others.