Virginia Tech has extended a scholarship offer to Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh, N.C.) junior quarterback Gabriel Henderson . The 6-1, 190-pound signal caller received the news yesterday evening, when he spoke with Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain, who is also serving as Henderson’s primary recruiter.
Henderson’s initial reaction to the Tech offer was one of excitement.
“I don’t have any favorites, but [Tech] has been high on my list throughout the process,” Henderson said. “I didn’t know an offer would come so soon. I was shocked when I called Coach O’Cain. My coach told me to call him. I did and he told me that the coaches had a meeting and they want me. He asked if I would come to their junior day next week with 12 other prospects.”
Henderson does plan to visit Virginia Tech for its junior day and that will be the first experience he has ever had at Virginia Tech. This weekend, he’ll go to Clemson on Saturday and East Carolina on Sunday and feels there is a good chance he doubles his current offer total.
All of these schools, as well as others that are interested, are pursuing Henderson as a quarterback, though he feels he has the athleticism and speed to play wide receiver or safety on the college level. College coaches like the versatility he brings to the quarterback position.
“Coaches have told me that they like how I sit back and throw the ball from the pocket, but I can run the ball if I have to,” said Henderson, who claims to run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. “I’m not predictable.”
Southeast Raleigh’s starting signal caller for two years, Henderson turned in a fantastic junior season, throwing for 2,300 yards and rushing for 600 more. He passed for 29 touchdowns to only eight interceptions and rushed for 11 scores, guiding Southeast Raleigh to its first conference championship and a third round playoff appearance. The school’s varsity football program had never made it past the first round of the playoffs before last season.
“My sophomore year, we did a lot of one-back and two-back stuff. Toward the end of the year, coach put the game in my hands and told me to go get it,” Henderson said. “We lost in the first round that year. My junior year, coach put it all on me from the start. We ran a spread offense...
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