Tennessee received their first commitment at the receiver position for the 2016 class on Monday evening when Shreveport, Louisiana’s Corey Henderson gave his verbal pledge to the Vols after taking in Tennessee’s Junior Day this weekend. Henderson is an unranked prospect according to 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, but does sport a 3-star rating according to Rivals. Henderson claimed offers from Arkansas, Georgia, TCU, Tulane, Tulsa and Utah along with his Tennessee offer.
The 6’1, 170-pound prospect from Evangel Christian High School has been clocked at 4.41 seconds in the forty-yard dash and looks like a prime candidate to start his career at the slot position when he arrives to Knoxville. Henderson was thought to have been favoring the Arkansas Razorbacks as his likely school of choice in recent weeks, but a trip to Knoxville this weekend for Tennessee’s Junior Day swung the momentum heavily in the Vols’ favor.
The Vols officially extended an offer to Henderson on March 21st, and this weekends visit was his first to Knoxville. We are guessing that it won’t be his last before National Signing Day rolls around.
Henderson’s biggest asset is his speed – which is exceptional – but he also possesses fantastic vision and a high level of “wiggle” that allows him to get the most out of every touch. He plays quarterback, receiver and cornerback for his high school team, but projects as a slot receiver at the next level for the Vols. He catches the ball with his hands away from his body, runs with great toughness and does a nice job of finishing plays through contact.
Here’s a look at Henderson’s highlight video from his junior season: