Ocala Vanguard offensive lineman Reno Henderson was just one of hundreds of prospects from around the state that came to compete in the Badgersport 7on7 and linemen challenge held at USF this past weekend, and by the time the event was over the 6-foot-4, 255 pound OL who was named to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 for 2012 decided to pull the trigger and be a Bull.
“Yes sir I committed to USF last night,” said Henderson. “I really like it down there, I like the facilities, the coaches are great and they got a great football program. I’m real happy with my decision.”
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman plays left tackle for Vanguard and participated in the USF Big Man Camp last summer and impressed the staff enough to earn an offer and has been favoring the Bulls ever since.
“I’ve liked them since they offered me at their camp and have been high on them ever since,” said Henderson. “The offensive line Coach Shankweiler offered me and said he really likes the type of person I am and I have the body type he likes to coach because of my long arms and stuff like that. I really like him as a coach and think he has a lot that he can teach me.”
Henderson came in a day early on Friday and spoke with his recruiting coordinator Coach Phil McGeoghan who told him all about the USF program and their goals for the future, and after thinking about it during the camp decided he wanted to be a Bull and made the call.
“After talking with coach McGeoghan he really made me want to be there, so after the camp on Saturday I called and told him I was ready,” said Reno. “. He seemed real happy and said he’s going to get me on the phone with Coach Holtz when he gets back.”
The stand-out lineman that earned first-team all-state honors as a sophomore and was named to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 for 2012 said said he had other schools showing interest in him including FSU and South Carolina, but said the feeling he got at USF made him want to commit early.
“I love how everybody is like one big family, they have great new facilities, and are striving to build something special, and that’s something I want to be part of,” said Henderson. “There’s a vibe I feel when I’m there and I really like that.”
Reno couldn’t make either of the USF Junior Days because of track meets, but plans on visiting again in the near future.
“I may come to a spring practice,” said Henderson. “But I got to call them back because they were talking about me coming in next week when the coaches get back in.”
Henderson was part of a 2010 Vanguard team that went 10-3 and lost to Jefferson in the state regional’s, and plans to work even harder for his senior campaign.
“We did well last year, but didn’t get as far as we wanted to,” said Henderson. “I’m going to work hard this year to become a better player. I want to work on my footwork and continue to work in the weight room and get bigger and stronger.”
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Reno Henderson and the rest of the class of 2012