Many fans are searching for a source of inspiration as we continue the wait for our games to return. Some quench their sports thirst by watching classic replays, sports documentaries or engaging in online debate.
However, for those of you in Buckeye Nation, look no further than the 2021 recruiting class. Already ranked No. 1 nationally by 247 Sports, Ohio State has added another 5-star talent.
Hopewell, Virginia star TreVeyon Henderson announced via twitter on Friday his intentions to join the Scarlet and Gray. Considered by most to be the head of the class at his position, Henderson chose Ohio State over several premier programs. Among those who coveted his services were Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and …. TTUN.
Henderson, who is the 10th Ohio State ’21 recruit to be ranked in the Top 100 overall, has never visited the campus. He was scheduled to travel to Columbus for the Spring Game. However, as a result of the Coronavirus, his plans were canceled. So how did Henderson know Ohio State was the place for him?
He said the following to 247Sports: “Everything about the football program is great; school is great, the coaches are great. Especially (running backs) Coach (Tony) Alford. We got a great relationship; he keeps it real about everything! He’s a really great guy.”
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is considered a game changer with excellent speed and vision. He is the 17th-ranked prospect nationally according to the 247Sports composite rankings. In addition to this coup, Alford landed North Carolina RB Evan Pryor, ranked No. 6 at the position according to 247 Sports, three weeks ago.
This has Buckeyes fans foreseeing a formidable tandem in years to come. Henderson and Pryor are both a handful. Observers envision Henderson as a feature back, with elusiveness and vision that should make him an immediate contributor. While Pryor profiles as an all-purpose back who can do damage in the backfield and as a receiver. The two should complement each other well in Ryan Day’s scheme and seem to be relishing an opportunity to work together.
Henderson’s recruitment kicked into a higher gear after a stellar junior campaign. After playing wide receiver and defensive back his first two high school seasons, he emerged as Hopewell High School’s feature running back with 2,424 yards and 45 touchdowns. Virginia’s Reigning Gatorade Player of the Year led his school to an undefeated record and state championship.
His statistics are stellar, but it sounds like Ohio State is getting an even better person. Here’s another statistic … 4.0 grade point average! He’s been a devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has served as an elementary school mentor. Family is important to him.
Henderson told 247Sports that he lives by the mantra: “my mother works too hard for me to not be great.”
More from his session with 247Sports: “Just seeing my mom struggle all the time motivated me to go hard on the field and make it to the NFL to take care of her and make sure she’s straight for life.”
That’s the type of player you want in your college football program. TreVeyon Henderson is someone fans will enjoy rooting for once he arrives in Columbus. And he already has a connection to former Buckeyes stars. Henderson is familiar with the school’s proud history and was a fan of Ezekiel Elliott during his collegiate days. This is the second time that Alford has landed a highly coveted running back prospect who didn’t visit campus first.
Who was the first? Some guy named J.K. Dobbins.