Posted: 6:20 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Florida’s Plant High School has been very good to UGA in recent years, sending the Bulldogs such players as Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.
Now Georgia Tech is getting one from the Tampa area powerhouse.
Plant defensive tackle Kyle Henderson committed to Georgia Tech over Wake Forest on Wednesday among 20 early scholarship offers, which also included Missouri, Oregon State and Boston College.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound is rated as a 3-star and No. 183 overall prospect out of the state of Florida.
“No. 1, he’s a really, really strong kid who plays with a low center of gravity,” Plant coach Robert Weiner told the AJC. “So he is one of those powerful interior defensive linemen. He has got a good motor, and he was virtually unblockable last year in the state playoffs.
“I think he’s a steal of a recruit. Some people have shied away from him a little bit because he’s not (a) 6-3 kid. Some are worried about the size. For me, I like interior linemen who play the game lower. They are just stronger in the interior. I like the tall defensive ends that can get their hands up.
“Some people can’t offer a kid who is not over 6-1, but that’s OK. They missed out a really good football player.”
Henderson has a high ceiling of potential, and began to show flashes of it in one of last year’s playoff games with 12 tackles, including seven tackles for losses. He projects to play on the interior line at Georgia Tech.
“They like the physical attributes, along with the fact that Kyle is a student of the game,” Weiner said. “Georgia Tech values somebody who is able to play the game at a high level and with a high level of intelligence. Kyle is a guy who studies and understands the game. He has cerebral approach, along with a warrior mentality for a defensive lineman. I think that’s what put him in good standing with Georgia Tech.
“Another thing about Kyle is that he’s incredibly athletic. He’s like a skill player in a lineman’s body. I play him at fullback sometimes – not only as a power blocker, but I’ve also given him the ball to run with. It’s kind of scary. He’ll get the ball in the open field and a cornerback will think he’s going to tackle him.”
Henderson is commit No. 10 for Georgia Tech’s 2015 class. He’s the first Plant prospect the Yellow Jackets have been heavily involved with since defensive back Antonio Crawford in 2012. He was committed to Georgia Tech for six months but flipped to Miami around signing day after getting a last-minute offer from the Hurricanes.