July 21, 2008

Itta Bena OT still interested in Ole Miss

Itta Bena (Indianola Academy), Miss. offensive tackle prospect Jonathan Henderson has made the rounds to several camps this summer, and remains without an offer as apparently coaches at several schools want to take another look at the 6-foot-5, 250 pound athlete before deciding to offer.

Henderson attended junior day at Ole Miss, attended the Grove Bowl and camped at Ole Miss in early June, and has made stops at several other locations including Mississippi State, Delta State and Central Arkansas.

"I did real well at the camps, it seems like they're all impressed," Henderson said on Sunday. "I ran a 4.8 forty at the Ole Miss camp, which I thought was really good. The coaches up there seemed impressed with how I did. I just did the best I could."

Henderson said that Ole Miss is still sending him a lot of mail and that offensive line coach Mike Markuson told him after camp that they wanted to look at him again during the upcoming season.

Henderson said that while he's being recruiting by running backs coach Derrick Nix, who recruits portions of Mississippi for the Rebels, he's mainly talked to Markuson and spent a lot of time with him while at camp on the Ole Miss campus in June.

The athlete said that he had planned to attend Ole Miss' senior camp on July 26; however, due to his high school beginning two-a-day practices the next day, he's decided to forego the camp.

Henderson said that out of all the schools he's interested in and showing interest, Louisiana Tech is recruiting him the hardest right now, with him receiving a letter almost daily. However, his interest in Ole Miss is still there.

"I really like Ole Miss," he said. "I plan on going back up sometime during the season on an unofficial and attend a game."

"I've been to Arkansas to camps a couple of times, and I love those coaches (who are now at Ole Miss)," Henderson said in an earlier interview.

While Henderson is yet to receive an offer, he has attracted the interest of several programs including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Southern Miss, and Louisiana Tech.

Henderson was a two-way starter last year on his high school squad, starting at tackle on offense and also playing defensive end, where he had around 70 solo tackles and was the second leading tackler on his team. However, it's likely on offense where he could land in college.

Ole Miss is looking to sign at least half a dozen offensive linemen in the early signing period in December and next February, and have a special need at tackle with the loss of Michael Oher, Maurice Miller and Darryl Harris, all who have experience at tackle.

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