Former longtime Tennessee commit Khalid Henderson now calls his controversial de-commitment from the Volunteers “a blessing in disguise.”
“I just want to say I’m happy with the fact that I’ve been able to choose the direction I want to go in,” Henderson said. “By going through the recruiting process again, it allowed me to get a better overall perspective on which is college is the right match for me.”
Henderson, a linebacker from Pebblebrook High School, was one of three Georgia prospects committed Tennessee that recently parted ways with the Volunteers in a one-month period.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Henderson de-committed on Jan. 1 after he said Derek Dooley told him there was the “possibility” he might not be able to come to Tennessee. Henderson, who had been pledged to Tennessee for six months, on that conversation: “I thought it was a bunch of crap.”
The other two ex-Tennessee commits from Georgia are North Hall RB Imani Cross (now considering Nebraska, Kentucky, Virginia and East Carolina) and Columbia WR Keithon Redding (considering Marshall, Ole Miss and Mississippi State).
What’s the latest with Henderson? He said he picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Wednesday, and scheduled an official visit for Jan. 27. He is going to Ole Miss on Friday and took a recruiting trip to Central Florida last weekend. Maryland, Wake Forest and Duke have also been in contact.
“I’m glad I got it out there when I did about de-committing, because that let other schools know that I was available,” Henderson said. “I’ve had a lot of colleges come up to the school or talk to my coaches after they read about it.”
Henderson recalled a conversation he had with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the former Tennessee offensive coordinator, a few weeks ago: “[Cutcliffe] said he understood my situation, and that’s not how they do business.”
How does Henderson reflect upon his divorce from Tennessee? “I mean, it’s business. That’s how Tennessee wanted to deal with the situation. I’ve been keeping up with their recruiting and I know they’re after other linebackers … but it’s just a business.
“After [Dooley] started talking about ‘possibilities,’ I had to go in a different direction. You can’t go through life living on possibilities. You want to go to a place where people stick by their word. After the way everything went down at Tennessee, I thought there were better possibilities for me to get out there and show my talent. I’m blessed with the new opportunities.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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