Posted: 6:20 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Georgia Tech strikes at Florida powerhouse 

By Michael Carvell

Kyle Henderson's coach (left) celebrates the commitment to Georgia Tech (Special)

Kyle Henderson’s coach (left) celebrates the commitment to Georgia Tech (Special)

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.

 

86 comments
McBuzz
McBuzz

NICE!  We need DL.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Is it just me or does Kyle Henderson's coach in the above photo look like Mr McGoo's brother?

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

BSNBC........If you hate Ted Roof for the job he has done at GT, all football fans, irrespective of the team they root for, are going to jump on you with both feet.  You sir, are a simpleton!

GoDawgs!

ToddE
ToddE

I like the bow tie - got some class!

BSNBC
BSNBC

Shame Roof can't coach as good as he played.

Peachs
Peachs

Roof is getting some talent.  Tech with a defense, that could be fun to watch. 

JM64
JM64

Congratulations to Kyle.

He looks like a great player.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

I notice WnE is being silent about this recruit.  Can't find much to argue with on this one....

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

WnE can't handle me posting a video?  What a troll... 

inoto20
inoto20

Wonder which team will get him to flip next year?

96JB
96JB

Congrats to Tech. This ought to be the norm for ya'll. Best of luck to the young man. Go Dawgs

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Getting_Older........not sure the new recruiting coordinator can go on the road and recruit per the rules? 

JacketMan
JacketMan

Kyle is a GA Tech football legacy; his father played for the Jackets with Ted Roof.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

if low center of gravity, that's how Rock Perdoni was; Perdoni would get in between the OL and get in the backfield and tackle the ball carriers all the time; Perdoni played against all the big schools then, no patsys; we played Auburn, Tennessee, So Cal, Notre Dame, Georgia, FSU, SC, Clemson; Perdoni was better than all those teams' linemen who tried to block him; then the NFL wouldn't take him, said he was too short; that didn't matter when we played the big schools though; what's the difference in big schools' linemen and future NFL linemen? I don't see where there is any difference really 

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

Look forward to see you on the Flats, Kyle Henderson! 
Ramblin Wreck!

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

Wonder if the pickup in recruiting is due to Roof or the new Recruiting Coordinators?

Either way, great job.

bigman1396
bigman1396

His mom or whomever that is, doesn't look too thrilled....

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

It's a photo, it tells nothing about the 20 seconds prior or the 4-5 years after it was taken

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  That was the first thing I noticed also in the picture. But guess what Mom. Your kid is leaving the nest and if he is satisfied he has found the best place for himself, encourage and back him up.

GTBob
GTBob

@RuePaulJohnson I thought you were a big time Stanford fan. Are you moving on to UCLA now? They do have prettier girls there, although im not sure how they feel about guys like you who stalk teenagers on twitter.

GTLee
GTLee

The real shame is how lame your trolling skills are.....

ToddE
ToddE

@BSNBC What?  Did you even bother watching the games?  D last season was better than the previous 3 years.  It may not have been outstanding, but CTR did improve it.

GTBob
GTBob

@inoto20 This kid doesn't seem like the type to flip. He isn't taking anymore visits and he is already recruiting for GT.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@inoto20

1)  Miami, Clemson or FSU from the Almost Competitive Conference

2)  Any SEC school.

macdaddyt
macdaddyt

@96JB Completely agree. Congrats, Tech! This kid will be good.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@drydirtroad 


Boy.....Rock Perdoni.....that takes one down a historical road.  What a great football name that was. I believe Rock got an NFL tryout and did not make the cut.  Big difference when it comes to undersized DL trying to make it in the NFL after having good college careers.  Wonder what roads he took in life after Tech.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@bigmacondawg 


In that case, so will most of the Georgia commits.  Things must be boring in Macon.  Oh, I forgot, things are always boring in Macon.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@ConfederateFlagBurner

Not good if that's the case.  Mom drama always seems to end her favor.  Hopefully this doesn't end with him decommitting because of family drama.

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@AugustaJacket @GTBob @RuePaulJohnson lets not forget that he has been stalking paul johnson as well.

nothing worse than a person scorned.  love turned to hate.

come to think of it  not only does he has a love hate relationship with cpj but  he stalked a teenager.  i would venture to guess that he puts ads up on craigslist.

than he picks the nickname of a transvestite.

pretty clear in my mind what kind of person wienie is.

GTBob
GTBob

@AugustaJacket lol, yeah. I don't think he really thought this most recent name through that much.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@RuePaulJohnson Two things.   First, what does capitalization have to do with anything?   Second, now that you're going play grammar police, you better get ready to get hit back hard.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GTBob @AugustaJacket Does he ever think ANYTHING through?  I mean, anyone with a lick of sense would have seen the downfalls of stalking a teenager through social media.

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

RuPaul does not understand the difference between capitalization and spelling. Sadly, he's starting to make bigmacondwag and dwag350 seem intelligent by comparison.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@GeorgeStein @RuePaulJohnson 

And how is our resident liar's latest rant related to the topic at hand? You know, Kyle Henderson's commitment?

I guess simple things are just too difficult for our resident liar to handle. 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@OldJacketFan Trolls aren't limited by the content of an article.  It's fine, though.  Give it time; he'll get banned (again).

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@GeorgeStein @OldJacketFan 

Oh I know, it's a daily thing with the resident liar now. Both MC and KS are going in behind him and sweeping up his predictable horse feces.