Defensive End, Class of 2021
Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA
The 2019 high school football season might be done, but Virginia Beach Salem (Va.) three-star defensive end Isaiah Henderson still has work that he’ll use towards the football field. Henderson wrestles in the 220-pound weight class, which he believes will help when he resumes football next summer as a senior.
“In wrestling, you’re low the whole time,” he said. “That translates to football, that and aggression. It’s you and the other person. It just helps with conditioning.”
Henderson, Rivals.com’s No. 26 player in Virginia for 2021, has eight early offers, including new additions last week from Toledo and Liberty. At this point, though, he’s still getting a feel for his options, especially with the myriad of coaching changes already.
“Most important (for me) is a family atmosphere and a winning program,” Henderson said. “I can play pretty much anywhere they need, so scheme doesn’t matter. I’d prefer the south, but it just depends on the school.”
Henderson unofficially visited Virginia Tech last month for its game against Pittsburgh. The Hokies offered him in May, and Henderson also visited two years ago.
“It was cold and rainy,” he said. “It wasn’t a great game, but it was my first time seeing Pitt play, so it was important for me to see them both. I really liked Virginia Tech, also. It was my second time at Virginia Tech, I went as a freshman. It wasn’t too different. I got to spend more time with Coach Zohn (Burden) and Coach (Bud) Foster.”
Burden had also been...
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