Henderson Discusses A&M Commit Status

Aggie Websider Publisher
Posted Jul 1, 2008

Over the past several weeks, Dallas Carter defensive lineman Chris Henderson appeared to be wavering on his commitment to Texas A&M. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with Henderson Monday night right after a phone call with the Texas A&M staff to discuss his current commitment status.

At Texas A&M’s spring game back in April, Dallas Carter defensive lineman Chris Henderson pulled the trigger and committed to the Aggies to the delight of many A&M fans. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect is considered one of the most talented line recruits in the state of Texas, and his stock has been soaring since April causing him to tell Aggie Websider earlier this summer that he was a soft commit and was looking at other schools. On Monday night, Henderson seemed to have a different message after a phone conversation with the Texas A&M staff.

“I just got off the phone with Coach Wyatt (A&M asst. coach) and he was breaking it down what they are doing and saying that they were counting on me,” Henderson said. “We set it up for me to come down for an unofficial visit on July 10 or 11.”

So did the issue of his commitment status come up in the conversation, and where does Henderson currently stand with his commitment to Texas A&M.

“Yeah, we talked about it. I told him I was coming (to A&M),” Henderson said. “I’m going to be an Aggie. Some schools have been recruiting me and I was listening. It was just one of those things, but I was coming to A&M all along. I’ve got all of this A&M stuff all over my room. I’m not going anywhere.”

Henderson says that he’s still hearing the most from a trio of schools – Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas. However, while he admitted flirting with these schools and enjoying the new attention in recruiting, he says that he’s ready to settle in and concentrate on preparing for the season.

“I’m not looking around anymore. I can’t stop these other schools from writing and calling me,” Henderson said. “I’m gonna tell them I’m going to A&M, and if they keeping recruiting me that’s their business.”

In the meantime, Henderson is working hard both in the weight room and the class room. The results are starting to pay off.

“I’m already up to 280 pounds, and it’s good weight. I’m working hard for three hours every morning and I’m not eating that much. I’m drinking a lot of water,” Henderson said. “I’m also preparing for my SAT tests in the fall. I have all these SAT study books and my older brother works with me once a week and I’ll crank that up to 3-4 days a week when I get closer to the test.”

Speaking of his brother, Henderson says that he’s been talking to him about transferring from Prairie View A&M, and joining him on the A&M team as a walk-on fullback.

“Yeah, my older brother was pretty good at Carter, but he decided to focus on academics and went to Prairie View and had a 3.6 GPA as a freshman,” Henderson said. “We’ve been talking lately about him coming with me to A&M and playing fullback. They need fullbacks, and he was a good one in high school. He’s about 5-foot-11, 230 pounds and tough to bring down.”

Aggie Websider will continue to monitor the situation and will have an update on his unofficial visit in mid-July.

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