National Signing Day at Highland Springs (Photo: Byron Jones/recruit804)
Keeron Henderson headlines signing day at Highland Springs; Commits to West Point
by Byron Jones, recruit804
“I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player.” – General George C. Marshall.
While the aforementioned quote has never been verified as something General George C. Marshall actually said, it is engraved on a plaque that West Point Football players rub on every gameday.
Highland Springs defensive end Keeron Henderson will soon have the privilege to rub that same plaque on his way out of the tunnel at the United States Military Academy, as he committed to the
Black Knights in front of a packed auditorium at Highland Springs High School.
Henderson has been an influential leader on the Springer defense alongside Christian White (Howard University) over the past several seasons. Much like White, Henderson’s recruiting took some time to develop but as the old cliché goes, “Hard work pays off.”
Highland Springs Head Coach Loren Johnson stated, “The coaches at West Point have done an excellent job of recruiting him and looking at him and taking their time with their process. They came in a little bit earlier. They didn’t pull away but they kind of just watched him and his growth… It got to a point where they felt like he was someone that they could develop in their program.”
West Point decided to pull the trigger on the aggressive pass rusher about a week or two before signing day. Henderson and his family made the trip up to West Point, New York this past Friday (2/1/19) to tour the campus and meet the coaching staff for his official visit. By the time he returned home to Eastern Henrico his mind was made up. Keeron was ready to become a West Point Cadet.
“This program is the best in the nation. It means a lot to me and my family. It’s going to better me as an individual, a citizen, and as a leader,” stated Henderson when asked about committing to West Point.
The Black Knights had a historic 2018 season. West Point recorded 11 wins for the first time in school history, finished the season ranked #19 in the AP Poll (highest finish since 1958 #3) and #20 in the Coaches Poll (Highest ranked since 1996 #24). In their final game of the season, they blasted the University of Houston 70-14 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
Notable Springer Signees
In addition to Henderson, 13 other Springers signed their letters of intent to play football next fall. Among the notable signees from Highland Springs were Tremayne Talbert and quarterback D’Vonte Waller.
Talbert committed to Norfolk State University and Waller will be attending Virginia State University. Talbert is arguably the most dynamic play maker in the entire state and shows glimpses of becoming the next Greg Dortch.
Waller heads to Virginia State after compiling a 29-1 career record as a starting quarterback and four state championship rings.
Here is a complete list of Springers who signed with their respective schools on signing day. For more coverage of Highland Springs signing day please click on the video below.
Jai’veon Smalls – UNC Pembroke
Ahman Foster-Powell – Lincoln University
Dwakee Tyler – Lincoln University
Devyn Coles – Norfolk St.
Rayquan Smith – Norfolk St.
Shy’re McKeiver – Virginia St.
Shaquez Cosby – Chowan
Jason Jones – Chowan
Zyquis Triplett – Shenandoah
Taion Clanton – Shenandoah
Malique Hughes – Shenandoah
Christian White- Howard (Signed in December)
Ali Jennings – WVU (Signed in Decemeber)
– Byron Jones