Recruiting: Defensive Lineman Joe Henderson Could be a Michigan State Spartan

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When defensive lineman Joe Henderson got an offer from the Michigan State Spartans, it wasn’t his first from a Big 10 school.  Henderson was already being recruited by Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and others.

But the offer from Michigan State stood out to Henderson, who was reportedly thrilled by the Spartans’ interest.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Henderson would come to East Lansing in 2014 and be a defensive end for the Spartans. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Henderson would be yet another Ohio recruit for the Spartans, who have landed many top Ohioans recently, including Le’Veon Bell.

The Spartans have certainly upped their efforts in Ohio, and it’s shown in recent recruiting classes. Michigan State has landed Johnny Adams, Marcus Rush, and Denicos Allen all from Ohio in recent years.

The Spartans’ 2013 recruiting class also features an Ohio flavor, with two of their top five recruits hailing from the Buckeye State (ILB Shane Jones, S Jalyn Powell).  The Spartans hope that Henderson will be the next four-star recruit from Ohio to sign with the team, as his pass-rushing ability could help the Spartans in a big way.

In the wake of losing Gholston to the NFL, Michigan State has been left with a void at defensive end. Rush will be the likely starter in Gholston’s absence, but head coach Mark Dantonio knows that reloading on the defensive line is very important.

There is still a long way to go before 2014 signing day, but for now, put Michigan State at the top of Joe Henderson’s list.

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