The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines are headed for a recruiting battle between bitter rivals over 2014 weak-side defensive end Joe Henderson, who is ranked by the 247Composite as one of the top 500 prospects in the country. Henderson would reportedly like to receive offers from two elite programs in the Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State Buckeyes, with the Buckeyes being another rival for Michigan to try and hang with. Henderson has a host of offers, but the two he seems to hold in the highest regard are the Michigan and Michigan State offers.
Henderson has also received offers from the Arkansas Razorbacks, Cincinnati Bearcats, Louisville Cardinals, Illinois Fighting Illini, Tennessee Volunteers, Mississippi Rebels, Pittsburgh Panthers, and Kentucky Wildcats. That’s a solid group of offers, and the Cleveland, Ohio prospect should be able to net some more. It will be interesting to see if Ohio State joins in, because they are right in Henderson’s neck-of-the-woods and would have an excellent change at landing him.
One of the top 20 weak-side defensive ends in the country, Henderson is a star for the prestigious Shaker Heights and is firmly slotted in as one of the top 30 recruits in the state of Ohio. The 247Composite has him as the 458th-ranked recruit in the country, but some recruiting analysts believe that Henderson should earn four stars.
At 6’4″, 220 pounds, Joe Henderson is an athletic specimen with great length. That frame is ideal for a pass rushing DE, and Henderson has the speed to blow by offensive tackles and rack up sacks. He has impressed at several drills this year, and Henderson is a prospect who should rise up the rankings and has a shot at eventually earning that coveted fourth star. He has very good athleticism and is the type of defensive end who can be a thorn in a tackle’s side for the rest of the game. Michigan State has a big chance to impress Henderson at their spring game, because they will need to with Michigan so involved in his recruitment. Louisville was once a program to be reckoned with in his recruitment, but they have slipped behind the two big programs in the state of Michigan. He visited Louisville on a junior trip and is being recruited to the Cardinals program by Tommy Restivo.