About a week after scoring an offer from Virginia Tech, Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh, N.C.) quarterback Gabe Henderson was in Blacksburg to take a closer look at the Tech program. The 6-1, 190-pound junior signal caller came away impressed by the Saturday junior day experience but was even more excited about Virginia Tech’s quarterback situation.
Henderson had never been to Virginia Tech prior to Saturday.
“I was looking to see how the coaches are. My friends were telling me that Virginia Tech is a big school but there is not much around it. When I came there a lot of stuff was going on, so I was surprised,” Henderson said. “I had a chance to sit with Coach O’Cain one on one. I talked to Tyrod Taylor and had a personal conversation with him. With Michael Vick, Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick and Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech has had a lot of quarterbacks that fit my style. I really like Virginia Tech and I’m really considering them.”
The Tech coaches had high praise for Henderson, who threw for 2,300 yards and 29 touchdowns last season as a junior. A dual-threat from the quarterback position, Henderson also rushed for 600 yards and 11 scores in guiding Southeast Raleigh to a 2008 conference championship and an appearance in the third round of the playoffs.
“Coach Beamer said my highlight tape reminds him of Tyrod Taylor,” Henderson said. “In talking with the coaches, there is a good chance I could start as a red-shirt freshman, which would be the year after Tyrod Taylor leaves.”
How big of a factor is playing time?
“Playing time is a big factor,” Henderson said. “Grades are important, of course, but playing time is a big factor. Out of all the schools I’ve talked to, Virginia Tech says I have a really good chance of playing my freshman year. They said one of the current quarterbacks may switch positions to wide receiver. I could come in, red-shirt and compete for a starting job my freshman year.”
Henderson stopped short of naming a favorite, but Tech certainly appears to have helped its chances in a major way this past weekend.
“I don’t have any favorites, but Virginia Tech has really moved up on my list,” Henderson said. “You could put high interest for them, but there are no favorites.”
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