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USC pushing for Henderson

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Ryan Henderson is still committed to Utah and he'll visit there next weekend with Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde teammate Junior Pomee but after visiting USC this weekend the three-star cornerback has lots of things to consider.
Henderson said his visit to USC was outstanding because he has started to develop a strong relationship with position coach Willie Mack Garza, he likes what the coaching staff told him about possible playing time and it's relatively close to home where family and friends could see him play.
Translation: Utah has a battle on its hands now that USC is moving up.
"I sat down with all the coaches and talked with my position coach," Henderson said. "They said they need me to come in there and work hard and depending on how hard I work, from what they're telling me, I could get the starting job. Their depth at corner is real slim.
"I'm going into the Utah visit with an open mind so I'll figure everything out when I'm done with both visits and sit down with my family and decide what the best is at the time."
USC is definitely moving up for Henderson, a physical and aggressive 5-foot-10 cornerback who has been committed to Utah since June 24. The Trojans made a big impression on the Inland Empire star this weekend.
"The pros about SC are that I can come in early and compete, it's close to home so I can still be with my family but it's far enough that like L.A. is a whole different world than Moreno Valley so I can be on my own," Henderson said. "Everybody out there is really cool and I feel like I can fit in.
"It's definitely looking better (for USC). Being down there and getting a feel for the coaching staff and getting a feel for my position coach because that's the main thing for me, establishing that connection with the coach."
Rivals.com rates Henderson as the No. 41 cornerback nationally and No. 55 in the California state rankings. He was one of the better players at his position at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp this spring which was held on the USC campus.
The Utes have serious competition but are certainly not out of it for Henderson, who said his trip to Utah next weekend is crucial in determining where he'll play his college ball.
"It's very important that it is one of the best visits of my life," Henderson said. "SC really pulled out all the tricks and showed me a good time. It's important for me to go down to Utah and see what goes on. I still consider myself committed to Utah."
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