With College Football Recruiting 2013 beginning to heat up down the home stretch, most aren’t paying much attention to the 2014 class.
Hopefully you are, because this is the time when the top players are beginning to trim down their lists from about 20 schools to 10, or even 5.
That’s the case with arguably the top signal caller in the class of 2014, Caleb Henderson.
Henderson, from Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia, has 25 scholarship offers as of this writing. Nearly all of the schools interested in him are the major players in the college football landscape. And Henderson has now trimmed his list of 25 down to 5.
Those schools, in no particular order are: The Oregon Ducks, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes and North Carolina Tar Heels. You, like me, might be shocked that there aren’t any SEC schools in his top 5. Well, don’t fret, because Henderson has indicated that he wants to visit some of the powerhouses down south to have a better idea for comparison with the mostly Big Ten schools on his list.
Professor Stavig, how did he pick those five schools?
I was hoping one of ya’ll might ask that!
Henderson likes the offense the Ducks run, but how they do without Chip Kelly will decide their fate with the star quarterback.
MSU is on his list because his family is close friends with Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
Henderson grew up a Buckeyes fan- helping to explain their reason for being so high on his list.
Michigan is on here because of their outstanding tradition, and when all of Rich Rodriguez’s running quarterbacks are finally gone, they’ll have a true pro-style offense, which would be the best fit for Henderson.
Finally, UNC is on here because of the offense that they run, and their outstanding campus.
So is he worthy of being considered the top quarterback in the country?
It’s still too early to tell.
He’s going to be participating in the Elite 11 Camp this summer, and could be attending Nike’s The Opening, which is an ultra-elite skills competition. Let’s not forget, he still has his senior season at Lake Braddock as well.
But from the film I’ve watched of him, he’s pretty darn good. He’s always got his feet moving in the pocket, has good field awareness, has a quick, compact delivery, good (not great) arm strength, does a good job of looking off defenders, and is a plus runner.
It’s still incredibly early, and I highly doubt this list of five will his final list of five, but this gives you a good idea of what he’s looking for in a school.
If I’m a betting man, and ya’ll know I am, there will most certainly be one to two SEC schools high up on his list. I mean seriously, when was the last time an elite football player didn’t consider playing in the league closest resembling the NFL?
One thing we know for sure: it’ll certainly be fun keeping track of Henderson for the next 12 months.