Highland Springs DE Keeron Henderson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Keeron Henderson adds Chowan and Virginia State while Jason Jones adds Chowan for Highland Springs
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Highland Springs has opened the up the season with a six-game winning streak and has dictated the pace of play in each of their six contests to start the season.
D’Vonte Waller, Ali Jennings and the Springers offense is fresh off of dropping 40 points on Henrico’s defense this past Friday. The Warriors hadn’t allowed more than 40 points scored against them in a game since giving up 56 to Highland Springs in 2016. Meanwhile, Keeron Henderson and the defense held the Warriors’ offense to just six points on the evening. This has been a common trend for the Springers over the course of the season thus far as they’ve held opponents to just three points per contest. In three of those contests Hermitage, Meadowbrook and Riverbend all received shutouts.
Starting to garner recognition for his aggression on defense is starting defensive end Keeron Henderson. The Highland Springs product was able to secure offers from Chowan on Sunday as well as Virginia State. Coach Fitzgerald and Coach Von Bargen of Chowan have had their eye on Henderson for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger on Henderson after a visit with the Hawks last week.
“Chowan has been showing interest for a while now,” Henderson stated. “Coach Fitzgerald and Coach Von Bargen have been staying in contact with me throughout the season. They invited me to their game last week against Fayetteville which was a hard fought game on both sides of the ball and I was honored to be there and watch them get at it. The next day Coach Von Bargen called me and blessed me with the scholarship offer.”
Virginia State came through just a few hours after Chowan and could have the inside track of receiving a possible commitment out of Henderson. The Trojans were able to sign older brother De’Andre near the end of January in 2017 and there’s a possibility Keeron could be right there beside him in 2019.
“VSU been following me for awhile as well being that my older brother De’Andre and my bro David Goodwyn really set the tone for what we have going on at Highland Springs,” Henderson said.
“The Trojans have been showing interest in me ever since they saw that my brother De’Andre Henderson was a standout athlete on the field. I pretty much have a good relationship with all the coaches at VSU and I was astonished when Coach Carney messaged me on Twitter with the good news on the scholarship offer.”
Henderson had to wait for his recruitment to manifest finally picking up his first offer from St. Andrews back in May. Chowan and Virginia State now make up his second and third collegiate offers. The Springers’ defensive enforcer believes that he knew the process was going to be like this and now it’s time to wake up his sleepers.
“I knew if I kept working hard and trusting the process and God as well everything else would handle itself and fall in place. This is just the beginning and I am truly blessed and honored to see that my hard work is starting to pay off,” Henderson stated.
Starting linebacker Jason Jones was part of a contingent that included Keeron Henderson, Shaquez Cosby and De’Andre Owens that got invited to Chowan over the weekend. He was also one of the prospects that received a call from Coach Von Bargen on Sunday that concluded with him picking up yet another collegiate offer.
“They gave us a tour of the campus and then we stayed for the game. After the game ended the coaches told us they would stay in contact with us. The next day the coaches called me and offered me a scholarship,” Jones said.
Jones is in the same boat as Henderson as his recruitment has also taken a sluggish start. The linebacker picked up his first collegiate offer back in late May with it coming from St. Andrews. Jones believes that with every offer he picks up, it continues to reinforce and reenergize his on-the-field goals for his senior year at Highland Springs.
“I’m just blessed that I’m able to gain these offers and be able to play on the next level,” Jones stated. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was eight years old. Now that I am getting more looks it increases my intensity with everything I do on and off the field.”
– Brandon Mitchell