Khalid Henderson commits to the Tennessee Volunteers

Khalid Henderson (Special)

Khalid Henderson (Special)

Tennessee landed one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets on Tuesday.

Khalid Henderson, who plays linebacker at Cobb County’s Pebblebrook High School, committed to Tennessee only minutes after being offered by Volunteers coach Derek Dooley. Henderson was an emerging prospect who already had 13 offers, including Louisville, UConn, Troy, Middle Tennessee State, Ball State, and Georgia State.

“Coach Dooley was a little surprised when I committed,” Henderson told the AJC. “It was like he didn’t want to put pressure of me to commit. He asked me ‘What other camps do you plan on attending this summer?’ I told him probably Clemson, Georgia Tech and some others; Then I said ‘Coach, you don’t have to worry about that because you’ve got a Volunteer with me.’ He was really excited to hear that, congratulated me, and welcomed me to the Tennessee family.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder blew away Tennessee’s coaches with his performance at a recent camp, leading up to Tuesday’s offer from the Volunteers. Henderson was invited to last Saturday’s Mark Richt Camp by UGA assistant Will Friend but couldn’t make it due to taking the ACT test. Many other SEC and ACC schools had expressed heavy interest, requesting Henderson to show up at camp to be evaluated for an offer.

“I really like Tennessee,” Henderson. “When I visited there, I really liked the campus and atmosphere. I really like the coaches, and get along with them well. They told me, after the way I performed at camp, it was only a matter of time before they offered. When they did, I took it.”

Henderson is a three-year starter at Pebblebrook, and led the team in tackles last year. He had a season-high 13 tackles against Campbell. When Pebblebrook had injuries at tailback last season, Henderson was inserted into the game on offense and had a 65-yard run on his first carry. Henderson has a summer job at Six Flags. He wants to study business and sports management in college. “I want to be a sports agent. I just have a passion for that. I can’t see myself doing anything outside of the sports industry because I love it so much.”

Pebblebrook coach Randall Smith said Clemson, South Florida, Central Florida, Kentucky and Purdue were among the other colleges beginning to inquire about and recruit Henderson. “He has got great size and speed, running a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. That’s what he can do at linebacker — cover guys in the open field on the outside, and play inside with the big boys, when needed.”

Pebblebrook has two other players that project to sign with major colleges — QB CJ Goodman (6-0, 170) is being evaluated by Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern at QB, Clemson as an athlete, and by Tennessee at WR; LB Sertonuse Harris (6-0, 185) has generated interest from Navy, Troy and Middle Tennessee State.


  • Next year’s crop of Georgia QBs, the Class of 2013, is shaping up to be one of the state’s stronger crops of QB. Walton rising junior Parker McLeod has earned an offer from Louisville.
  • 2013 Sandy Creek DB Shaq Wiggins said he landed his first offers from Cincinnati, Ohio and Ball State. He said he felt like Ohio State could be next. Wiggins played at Westlake HS last season.
  • 1 Georgia high school has 10 players committed to BCS schools (click on story link)
  • “Dream Team II” for UGA? You make the vote (click on story link)
  • Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR will pick between Auburn and Ohio State on Wednesday  (click on story link)
  • Collins Hill High School has four players with Georgia State offers — LB Jermichael Bailey, WR-RB Nick England, DE-LB Andrew Everett, and DE-OL Sam Batiste. Wofford was latest school to offer Bailey, while Batiste has recent offers from Navy and Towson.
  • Basketball: Sequoyah High School guard Sean Tate has signed with Chattahoochee Tech junior college. He’s the second Georgia player in this year’s recruiting class, following Mays High School’s Devarick Houston. The 5-8 Tate averaged 24 points this past season.
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47 comments Add your comment


June 14th, 2011
12:02 pm

Welcome To The VolNation! VFL Baby!!! Keep Up the Hard Work

Nerds Nerds Nerds!!!!

June 14th, 2011
12:09 pm

Sounds similar to the schools Georgia Tech beats out when they land a commit.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

I don’t know – looks pretty good to me. Certainly too small right now to play LB in the SEC, but when he puts on the weight he should be good if he keeps his speed.

[...] believe the kid is legit … and schools will be finding that out soon on the camp circuit. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he is one of “Atlanta’s best-kept secrets.” He was asked by UGA to camp there [...]


June 14th, 2011
12:46 pm

Hey Nerd, how do you like all those top ranked Georgia classes going 6-7 last year. That has worked out real well for you, hasn’t it?


June 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

Congrats to UT on a solid pickup.


June 14th, 2011
1:24 pm

LOL, Ga State, Ball St and MTSU. Sounds about right for the Vowels.

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matt stanford

June 14th, 2011
1:50 pm

UGA 2001, sorry you mised the part where he was asked to come to Richts Camp. And as far as as “sounding about right for the Vols”……Eric Berry, Juwaun James, Brian Randolph. All great players that we took out of Georgia. And I know…they were plyers that UGA didnt want. Just remember when Da’Rick puts up two Tds on you in 4 months.

GT 1

June 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

I’m so surprised since Ball State and Troy offered that PJ didnt go after him!!!! Maybe if Ga. Southern or Wofford had offered then PJ could have grabbed him.

Spike 80DF

June 14th, 2011
1:57 pm

good get for UT, i hear Murray State was about to offer and really put the pressure on…….


June 14th, 2011
2:02 pm

Yeah, Matt, UGA wanted Berry. And Berry wanted UGA. Problem was, Daddy got in the way.

Vampire Bill

June 14th, 2011
2:03 pm

QB CJ Goodman (6-0, 170) is being evaluated by Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern at QB

Dawg 1

June 14th, 2011
2:05 pm

Congrats to the kid. Hope he does well at UT.

matt stanford

June 14th, 2011
2:11 pm

Just like Marlon Brown wanted to go to UT but his grandmother made the decision for him. Im sure EB regrets not coming to UGA and playing for the brilliant defensive mind that was Willie Martinez.


June 14th, 2011
2:12 pm

Sounds like a good pickup for the Vols. congratulations on the offer and acceptance.


June 14th, 2011
2:57 pm

congrats. Love when the local kids do well.

Les W. Moore

June 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

The guy was invited to the UGA camp but he chose to take the ACT instead. So he already knows how bad the coaching is at UGA.

Dream Team 11.0? Anyone?

ATl Nole

June 14th, 2011
3:06 pm

It looks like he’s going to be a good football player.

Skitty Fritty

June 14th, 2011
3:16 pm

Does UT still play football?

The Duke

June 14th, 2011
3:22 pm

Congrats to Khalid and The UT Vols. I like it when Georgia kids do well even when they don’t stay in state. UGA and GA Tech can’t sign them all.


June 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

I think you mean UGA can’t sign them all and Georgia Tech can’t sign them, at all.

Nate the Great

June 14th, 2011
3:53 pm

Congrats UT. Looks solid but so did Lane Kiffin.

And Matt Stanford: Does the whole Marlon Brown thing still sting? It’s not like him or Da’Rick have come anywhere near there recruiting hype. Although Rogers definitely wins in the thug-manship dept.


June 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

congrats to ut , sounds like a nice kid. hope he does well


June 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

No Berry didn’t want to go to UGA after his visit. Mark Richt didn’t even know his name he said that he wrote it on his hand and was too busy focusing on Caleb King. I think Mark Richt knows Berry’s name now though.

UGA Insider

June 14th, 2011
4:49 pm

Don’t get too cocky Vol fans. Word is the NCAA is about to come down on you hard for excessive cheating.


June 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

Nate the Great…….I don’t think anyone, anywhere ever thought Lane Kiffin was solid in any facet of his life.

Dawgs Funhouse

June 14th, 2011
8:40 pm

Not good. A talented player UT went right in and got away from Georgia

I hate when this happens. Watch this kid haunt us the next 4 years.

Recruiting |

June 14th, 2011
9:35 pm

[...] received a commitment from linebacker Khalid Henderson from Pebblebrook High School in Austell, Ga.Henderson gave his commitment to UT coach Derek Dooley after he offered Henderson on Tuesday morning.“Coach Dooley was a little surprised when I [...]

Crowell, isiah

June 14th, 2011
9:37 pm

Does tn play football? Aren’t they15-5, the last 20 hrs vs Ugag?

Bama Fan#2

June 14th, 2011
10:07 pm

UT will get hit hard in mens basketball for Bruce Pearl being a idiot,
but UT football will only get a slap on the wrist. Kiffin will get 1 last
chance from the NCAA to clean his program up or 88 out the gate!!

Bitter 2 face--new guy

June 14th, 2011
10:19 pm

doolittle’s raiders strike fear in joe-ga yaaaaw—–hahahahahah

ku doe’s to my main man (vince’s son) find a wierd way to lose a game after time expires——–hahahah

————seriously yaaaw love the doolies———-good luck tennersay fans

—————better yaaaw than allburn or the country of tree killers——–hahahh bammer for real

————————–what is a high school kid that commits to tree killers——–??just dumb

————big orange please kick roll tollit paper tide and all the tree killer’s family as— this year

bama ramma

June 14th, 2011
11:38 pm

ut and dooley are now forced to sign players who have only have offers from Louisville, UConn, Troy, Middle Tennessee State, Ball State, and Georgia State? Things have gone way down in knoxville. Dooley’s not going to last 3 years if he can’t sign some good players. Bama is going to beat tenn like a rented mule, as usual, with a roster full of 4-5 star studs!!! The Tide will win the SEC—book it.

[...] Atlanta LB commits to Tennessee (click on story link) [...]


June 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

…Dooley is putting it together right. Bama and Georgia both took their licks back 6 or 7 years ago, so weve taken ours…now its time to start turning the corner. And this certainly a step in that direction. Bama lost alot more that what they want to let on, we may not beat em…but we’ll give them a good run for their money this year. we could very be the Sleeper in the East.


June 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

Gonna be a great year…..ROLL TIDE ROLL


June 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

And Bitter 2 Face…keep on hating….LOOSER


June 15th, 2011
7:28 pm

Shucks got carried away with my OOOOO,s. That would be LOSER!!!!


June 15th, 2011
10:37 pm

I cant believe Ga is asking if Tn still plays football.Ga has won what 5 out of the last 15 times.Berry was never going to Ga and you people know it.MR is Phil Fulmer in training.He is on his last leg at Ga and then the dawgs might get a real coach and the rest of the sec might have a reason to worry.Im not even a Tn fan but they will be back and probably alot sooner than people expect.
Oh, I think I seen where someone said Ga cant sign them all.Well signing them and coaching these players up are two different things.They are no better when they leave than they are when they get there.

[...] Atlanta LB commits to Tennessee (click on story link) [...]


June 16th, 2011
8:47 am

Khalid Henderson is a phenomenal athlete and student. I’m glad that Coach DD is recruiting every school he possibly can and evaluating every athlete to the best of there knowledge. Coach DD is not only recruiting talented athletes on the field but also in the classroom. We are the Dark Horse of the SEC and I love it more every time I hear it. GO VOLS!!!!!!!


June 18th, 2011
5:08 am

recently have met the kids mom and she”s a really nice lady and have heard he’s a good kid and student,wished he would have waited on TECH,but good luck to the kid.


June 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

That’s my cuz. He’ll gain about 20lbs by the time he arrives in Knoxville and he’ll be a beast for
Tenn. You go up there and knock some head Khalid. Go Vols.

Pebblebrook Fan

June 21st, 2011
12:11 pm

LB/Defensive end Charles McCline 6′0 225 at Pebblebrook high school may also be getting a offer from UT as well all in time. Here’s a link to his highlight:

Pebblebrook Fan

June 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

here’s a interview with Charles McCline and Khalid Henderson from


July 2nd, 2011
12:30 am

nice article in Sports section
i like the information
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