Burke, Virginia - Four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey in front of his family, teammates and peers during a pep rally at Lake Braddock High School on Friday.
Quarterback Caleb Henderson received his Army All-American jersey on Friday at his high school in Burke, Virginia.
The honor of being names to the U.S. Army All-American team was not something that was taken lightly by Henderson as he spoke on what being named to this team meant to him.
“It really feels great,” replied Henderson. “It shows all the dedication, all the hard work and all the support I’ve had from my family and my coaches it all wraps up into one event, which is today.”
Despite being considered one of the top pro-style quarterback prospects in the 2014 class Henderson was not convinced he would receive the opportunity to represent himself, his school and the University of North Carolina in any bowl games. When he received the invitation from the U.S. Army All-American bowl he was overcome with excitement.
“I was surprised,” replied Henderson. “I’m not a camp quarterback, and I didn’t have a very good camp in the Elite 11 so I thought maybe I wouldn’t be invited to a bowl. When I heard that the U.S. Army All-American game invited me I was ecstatic. It’s the best bowl you can be in as a high school player so I was really, really excited to have the opportunity to be selected.”
The Army All-American jersey presentation came as part of Lake Braddock’s Homecoming Pep Rally. Being able to include this ceremony into that event was special for Henderson.
“I feel like I am on cloud nine right now,” said Henderson. “If we win tonight it’ll make it even better.”
Henderson joins fellow North Carolina commitments Elijah Hood, Bentley Spain and Freeman Jones in being named U.S. Army All-Americans. The incoming Tar Heels quarterback was looking forward to the opportunity to meet some of his future teammates.
“It’ll be awesome,” said Henderson. “I’ve never met Elijah or the Georgia kids so it’ll give us a chance to meet, hang out and see how we get along, especially Elijah, and me since we are on the same side of the ball. So I am really excited to play with them.”
The offense Henderson runs at Lake Braddock has become more balanced between the pass and the run in his senior year. While his numbers are not the same as they were during his junior campaign Henderson believes that this more balanced offensive attack has helped him grow as a quarterback.
“I’ve definitely gotten a lot faster since last year, if you watch my film you could tell,” replied Henderson. “I’m not throwing for the same numbers as I was last year because we have an established running back, and I am an established runner as well, so we’re more balanced this year. Offensively, we’re 50/50 so it’s a different type of offense that I am in now but the throws that I do have are more down the field, more like the kind I will make in college.”
Caleb Henderson has not yet taken his official visit to Chapel Hill and doesn’t appear to have a date in mind to make that trip as of yet. While that may be the case, Henderson knows that visit to the University of North Carolina, whenever it may be, will be the only one he takes.
“Not taking any other visits, but I actually have no idea [when I will visit North Carolina],” replied Henderson. “I just got off the phone with Coach Anderson last night and we we’re talking about it and he said maybe for a basketball game so I thought that would be cool too.”
While the Tar Heels have had a tough start to their 2013 campaign, Henderson is not worried about the future of the program and feels they will turn it around before the end of the year. One of the main reasons Henderson holds this belief is due to the coaching of Larry Fedora and Blake Anderson.
“I was watching the entire game last night and they were doing great until the fourth quarter,” said Henderson. “They’re young and they’ll definitely bounce back and get a couple more wins so I’m not worried about that. Coach Fedora knows what he’s doing; Coach Anderson knows what he’s doing. The one good side is that Coach Anderson is not going to be leaving next year because he’s not having the offensive numbers that he had the year before so I’ll be there with him. A big reason I committed to UNC was because of Coach Anderson so I’m glad I will have a year with him at least before he tries to get a head coaching job somewhere.”
When asked what his expectations were for his freshman season at North Carolina upon his arrival in 2014 the four-star quarterback kept his response simple.
“Just compete and do the best I can every day and hopefully I will get the starting job.”
Henderson is ranked as the No. 13 pro-style quarterback prospect nationally and the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Virginia by 247Sports. He has a 247Sports rating of 92, which equates to four stars.
In the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite, which equally weighs prospect rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets, Henderson is the No. 8 pro-style quarterback prospect nationally in the 2014 class and the No. 7 overall prospect in Virginia. He has a 247Composite rating of .9330, which equates to four stars.