Player Profile: Corey Henderson

Corey Henderson adds a speedy receiving threat to Tennessee’s 2016 recruiting class.

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Biography

Corey Henderson (class of 2016) is an athlete/receiver from Evangel, Louisiana. Henderson is a three-star prospect that likely will wind up at receiver for the Vols. He attends Evangel Christian Academy and shows a good mix of speed and elusiveness. Henderson is not the most heavily recruited player the Vols are after, but has some impressive offers.

Rankings

247Sports: No. 98 WR, No. 645 overall player in the class of 2016

Rivals: Three-star ATH, No. 45 prospect in Louisiana

ESPN: No. 56 WR, No. 23 prospect in Louisiana, not listed in ESPN3oo for the class of 2016

Offers

Henderson had SEC offers from Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU. 247Sports also lists Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama as offering him from the SEC. Among his other offers, the most notable were from Arizona State, Miami, TCU and Utah.

Film Review

Two things jump out very quickly when watching Henderson’s tape: speed and agility. It doesn’t really matter how he gets his hands on the ball, because once the ball is in his hands, he is just one block from taking it to the end zone. Henderson is 6 -foot-1 and weighs 170 pounds. He may not be the biggest player on the field, but he meshes his size and skills well.

Henderson shows great versatility and can line up inside or outside in any formation. He also played some snaps at quarterback in high school and has a pretty solid arm, though the technique is not there to be an SEC quarterback. However, it is strong enough to get the ball down field and he has better then average accuracy. Last season, Tennessee tried some trick plays and receiver passes. Henderson could step in and perform well in this role.

He also has experience running the read-option and could play some wildcat snaps if Tennessee decides to do so. Henderson may just be the future of the Vols return game. Evan Berry will still be the main returner for the Vols on kick-offs and some punts. Cameron Sutton should also see his fair share, but with Henderson’s speed and elusiveness, he should get his chances. Look for him to capitalize on those opportunities.

Edited by Nathan Odom