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Vols Add 2016 JUCO Cornerback DJ Henderson


Tennessee added its second commitment from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College in the 2016 class on Thursday night.

6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback Desmond “DJ” Henderson joined already-committed teammate wide receiver Jeff George in pledging to the Vols, becoming the 17th overall member of the 2016 class for the Vols. Henderson recorded 38 tackles and two interceptions his freshman season at Dodge City and just began his sophomore campaign there. He plans to graduate in December and join the Vols for spring practice in 2016.

Henderson is the first true DB to commit to the 2016 class, though ‘athlete’ TaDarryl Marshall could very well get a shot in the secondary when he arrives on campus for the Vols next year. He also has offers from UAB, North Texas and Utah State, according to 247Sports.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.22.34 PMDefensive back – 2016 Class
6’1, 180 pounds
Dodge City (Kan.) Community College

Top offers
North Texas, UAB, Utah State

The Vols took a commitment from Dodge City wide receiver Jeff George over the summer and then added teammate DJ Henderson in mid-December, giving them some depth and options at defensive back going forward. He’s expected to enroll early and, though he didn’t come highly-ranked or with many big offers, the Vols still like his upside.


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 How He Fits

Henderson has been flying under the radar a bit in recruiting circles, but has been on UT’s list of targets and the Vols saw enough from him over the summer and earliy in the 2015 JUCO season that they decided to make the offer and then landed him.

He plays primarily corner in his film, though he can play safety as well. You have to think the Vols are continuing to think more and more about life after Cam Sutton as the junior cornerback continues to see his stock rise and may not stick around for a fourth year of eligibility. Tennessee’s also shown a few concerns early in the 2015 season in terms of cornerback depth and is clearly looking for more depth at this position. Henderson is a nice combination of size, physicality and pure cover skills that should be an asset to the Vols as soon as 2016.


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