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Vols, Illini latest to offer DT

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Louisville (Ken.) DuPont Manual lineman Aundre Henderson has picked up two new offers from the SEC and Big Ten.
The 6-foot-3, 289-pounder now holds seven offers total including his most recent from Tennessee and Illinois.
"I like Tennessee and I've followed them for a while. They are one of my favorite teams since I was little, especially with their big rivalry with Kentucky. To get an offer from them is just an honor to be considered one of the best players in the nation," he said. "I haven't met with the coaches at Illinois yet, but I've started to exchange text messages with coach Zook."
Henderson recently got back from visits to Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Notre Dame.
"None of the schools really stood out," he said. "I just walked around the campuses. Michigan State's campus is really nice and I like the way everything is set up there."
The lineman now claims he has no favorite.
"I'm trying to get to know all the different colleges the best I can and then I'll figure out what I'll do from there."
With all the new interest, it appears that in-state schools Kentucky and Louisville have fallen by the wayside.
"There are so many more schools that have come into the picture," he said. "At first they were the first two schools to offer and my initial thoughts were that they were the best two because they offered, but I have to look at everything now. It has definitely changed since all the offers have come in."
Two schools that Henderson is still hoping to receive offers from in the future are Notre Dame and Michigan.
"I really hope I get an offer from both of them because I like them a lot," he said. "I feel really comfortable at Michigan and I like the coaches. Notre Dame has really nice facilities and they are one of the best academic schools in the nation. My first priority when I go to college is academics."
Henderson is planning to take a tour of a handful of schools later this summer.
"I want to visit Tennessee, Ohio State, Illinois and probably Georgia Tech," he mentioned. "I just want to get around to as many schools as I can. I'm going to be looking to see how comfortable I feel around the coaches and if I feel like I want to be a part of their team."
With the urgency to see schools, is Henderson planning to make a decision anytime soon?
"I'll probably make a decision near the end of my senior season in November," he said. "I just want to see how many schools will offer me and then make sure I take enough time to make the best possible decision for me."
The lineman posted 45 tackles, seven for loss and five sacks as a junior.
Henderson also boasts an impressive 3.25 GPA, 1,030 SAT and 22 ACT.
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