After a strong sophomore season, Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North 2018 cornerback Tyrik Henderson has picked up four scholarship offers. In addition to the relief of having options to choose from already, he still has two seasons to add to his list.
“I have Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Purdue and Toledo,” Henderson told Today’s U. “I’m still pretty excited to have four. Most people don’t really get the chance to play at the next level, so for me to have four opportunities is pretty exciting for me.”
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Henderson’s athleticism and ball skills are what has college coaches confident he can be a shutdown corner if they are fortunate enough to land him.
“Most of the time I hear about my good footwork and ball skills,” Henderson said “That’s what makes me a dominant corner. I’m a good technique type of guy. I’m good at using good attention to detail, so when a coach teaches me something, I can incorporate that into my game somehow.”
More Power 5 programs, including two from the Big Ten and one from the SEC, are starting to show interest in the 247Sports Composite 83 overall three-star and could potentially offer in the future.
“The University of Illinois has shown some interest, Indiana has shown some interest and Missouri has as well,” Henderson said.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder is planning to make a few trips soon and could come back home with another offer if everything goes well.
“We haven’t really come to an official date, but I will be visiting Toledo soon with a few other guys they have offered and I’m visiting Mizzou as well on the 23rd of this month,” he said.
“I’ve been in contact with coach (Josh) Heupel, the offensive coordinator and coach (A.J.) Ofodile, the recruiting coordinator. We’ve been talking on the phone a little bit and they said I’m a guy they will potentially offer. They’ve got to get me down on the campus and go from there.”
So far, Henderson has taken an unofficial visit to Purdue, camped at Sound Body Sound Mind in Detroit as well as a few satellite camps.
“Purdue was fun, it was an amazing experience,” he relayed. “They made me feel like I was at home. Their coaching staff is second to none, it made me feel like I was part of their university on my visit there and made me feel like I belong at that university.”
There’s not any offer in particular the three-star is hoping for.
“I’m kind of playing it by ear, treating them all the same,” Henderson said. “There’s not really a favorite I have at this point. It’s still early in my recruiting process, so I’m playing it by ear and accepting all that come.”
When Henderson starts to officially sort through everything, there are two main qualities he’ll be comparing in one school to the next.
“Education is always number one,” he said. “It should be a good learning environment at that university, great tools for me to be a successful person and not just the football aspect. Number two is to feel like home. I shouldn’t feel homesick, but feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.”