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Two-Star Slot Decides On Deacs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:04am
By: Brian Geisinger

Since being hiring Dave Clawson to replace Jim Grobe in the middle of December, a lot has changed in Winston-Salem. Players have been dismissed from the program, while others have transferred in. A coaching staff has been assembled, too. Yesterday, though, the Demon Deacons received some good news when they landed their second commitment (the first was QB John Wolford) since Clawson took the reins, two-star Tyler Henderson pledged to Wake.

According to Henderson, getting to play major college football - in the ACC or SEC - is a dream come true. "It’s definitely the level of play I like. That’s where the national champion came from. Also, the education I’m going to get there will set me up for success."

Henderson played running back for Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, where he was an all-purpose standout. As a senior in 2013, the 5-9, 180-pound Henderson posted monster numbers (rushing for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns, and catching 27 balls for 331 yards and four touchdowns) while leading Collins Hill to a share of the Region 7-AAAAAA state championship.

247Sports.com's composite rankings peg the two-star Henderson as the No. 163 athlete in the nation, and the No. 177 overall player in the State of Georgia - a state loaded with prep football talent. Henderson may not have elite size, but athletically he is very gifted. According to his Rivals.com player page, Henderson runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds, has a vertical leap of 33 inches, and a bench max of 310 pounds.

These skills well help him as he transitions to becoming an all-purpose slot guy in the ACC. He believes Wake will utilize him as a slot receiver, a running back, and a receiver out of the backfield - basically, they want to get him into space, which reminds me of a certain former Deac.

Between the ears, Henderson is pretty good, too. He explained to Deacons Illustrated: "I'm telling the linemen the protection calls, [and] I'm telling the quarterback what coverage they're in. I study film a lot, and I know the game real well. I think that really helps me, and then also I'm pretty fast."

Air Force, Old Dominion, Middle Tennessee, Buffalo, and Georgia State all offered Henderson, too. In the end, Wake Forest won out over Middle Tennessee.

Henderson told Deacons Illustrated: "We're going to 'Wake' the nation. The 2014 class, we're going to come in with this new coaching staff, it's going to be fun. It felt right."

His recruitment to the program started when Grobe was still its head coach, and was closed out by new running backs coach John Hunter, who followed Clawson from Bowling Green to Wake Forest.

If you'd like to see Henderson in action under the Friday night lights before he gets to the ACC, make sure to check out his Hudl page.