Scouting Joe Henderson

by Chris Pool on September 13, 2013

in Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting

Class of 2014 defensive end Joe Henderson made Butch Jones and Vol Nation extremely happy by giving “Big Orange” his verbal commitment back in May.


The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, from Shaker Heights, Ohio also garnered offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky and others.


Even though a consensus 3-star recruit amongst the major recruiting websites, it’s easy to see why Tennessee offered and why Vols fans are going to be happy that this Ohioan decided to play his football in the SEC for Tennessee.


Positives – You can see that Henderson is a quick-twitch defensive end who shows a very good first step. Although most offenses run away from him, he also shows the ability to chase the backside and make plays.


What stood out to me was Henderson’s ability to play and make tackles in space. He can set the edge and also make plays inside the box.


I had the chance to watch Henderson this past summer at the opening and came away extremely impressed. Very good frame, long arms, quick feet and first step are all scouting terms you’ll see thrown around while mentioning Joe Henderson.


I realize that “The Opening” in Oregon is basically all-star underwear Olympics but Henderson was virtually un-blockable for the most part during the event.


My best guess is Tennessee would love to get Henderson in their weight-room and add about 30 pounds to his frame and redshirt him if at all possible. Having a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end coming off the edge for four solid years is going to be a scary thought  for opposing tackles but a dream come true for Volunteer fans.



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