July 17, 2008

LA back to camp with Rebels

It's safe to say that Houston Nutt likes to have an active fullback in his offense. Last season, Peyton Hillis led Arkansas with 49 catches for more than 500 yards and tacked on another 347 yards on 62 carries.

It's a striking comparison to last year's Ole Miss fullback - Jason Cook - who had seven catches for 85 yards and no rushing attempts.

With Cook being a senior, the future at fullback looks to be either Andy Hartmann, a former walk-on entering his junior season or newcomer H.R. Greer, who looks the Hillis part at 6-foot, 220 pounds. Hillis is 6-foot-1, 240 pounds.

With the fullback potentially factoring more heavily in the offense, the Rebels could be in the market for a prospect at the position and one athlete getting a look from Ole Miss is Benton, La. all-purpose back Casey Henderson.

Henderson, a 5-foot-10, 225 pound prospect with 4.6 speed has received a three-star rating from Rivals.com, plans to visit Ole Miss for the first time and participate in the Rebels' Elite Camp on July 26.

"I plan to come up with my mother and some other family," he said on Wednesday evening.

He had over 1,800 yards rushing last season with 22 touchdowns and also saw spot duty with his twin brother, Corey, on the defensive line.

Henderson was named first team all-state, offensive player of the year for the state, and most valuable player in his district. He also placed fourth in wrestling in the heavy weight division in state. His Benton team lost in the state semi-finals to Bastrop last season.

The prep standout currently only has an offer from Northwestern State, but is getting interest from a host of schools including Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Texas Tech.

He recently camped at Oklahoma, where he made an impression.

"Henderson is built like a tank, and blocks like one would," wrote SoonerScoop.com's Josh McCuistion. "The big fullback was another player who was relatively unheard of prior to his arrival at camp but didn't take long in making a big impression as he won more than his fair share of battles. Henderson showed off solid hands in pass-catching and in short went from a mostly unheard of player into a potential Oklahoma target."

He also camped at Louisiana Tech, ULM, and at Northwestern.

Henderson will join a throng of players, like fellow Louisianan Joey Fontana and Hoover, Ala. prospect Jesse Grisham, who hope to impress enough to walk away from camp with an offer.

"I'm really interested in Ole Miss," Henderson said. "My (high school) coach said it would be a good school for me and that I'd fit in there."

Ole Miss coaches stopped by Benton, located about 15 minutes outside Shevreport, last spring to talk to Henderson's coaches, then Henderson got a call before the dead period and was told by an Ole Miss coach that the staff liked him and wanted him to come to camp."

Henderson calls "having pretty good hands" and being able to block and run as his strengths.

"Several of the camps I've been to, the coaches have come over and asked if I'm sure that I'm a fullback and I've ended up at running back," Henderson said.

"I just want to go up to Ole Miss and do my best, and hopefully they'll offer me a scholarship," he said.

Henderson has a GPA in the 2.9 range and took the ACT three weeks ago and is awaiting his test results.






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