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They broke the mold when he stepped aboard the Fox football program. Corey Henderson has joined 26 athletes on the Maxpreps 2013 Virginia Preseason All-State Team. The only other area athlete to join the prestigious gridiron squad is Chancellor offensive lineman Steven Moss. The senior quarterback/middle linebacker led King George High School to two back-to-back winning seasons that include a berth in the Region semi-final championship last year.
King George High School head coach Jeff Smith has witnessed the development of the highly sought after college prospect since he entered the Fox football program three years ago. After years of dwelling in the abyss of Battlefield District standings, Henderson’s athletic attributes helped change the course of football.
“Corey has been a very special kid ever since he came here in his freshman year,” Smith said. “It was just a matter of time before he would get the opportunity, and collegiate looks that he deserves. He’s one of the hardest working kids not only on the field, but in the classroom.”
One of the key elements in Henderson’s recruitment repertoire is his academic standing. Currently he has a solid 3.8 average, with an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.
Included in Henderson’s athletic honors this year is his recent induction in the Virginia Class of 2013 All-Rivals team. Out of a possible 6.1, he is rated at 5.3 by Rivals. The highest Rival rating given this year went to Notre Dame commit, and Woodberry Forest senior, Greer Martini—whose 5.5 rating was slightly higher than Henderson’s.
Among the schools across the country that are in the midst of recruiting Henderson are Colorado State, University of Miami, Kent State, LSU, South Carolina State University, Clemson, University of Virginia, VMI, Towson, Bucknell, Brown and Dartmouth College, just to name a few. “The interest in Henderson has been nothing short of incredible; last week I had 27 phone calls on Corey,” Fox varsity assistant coach Chuck Eally said.
In terms of strength, Henderson fills the bill, as he prepares to step up to the next level. While he currently bench presses 350 lbs., the Fox coaching staff is certain he will surpass 400 lbs. long before he packs his bags for college.
The imposing six-foot-three, 240-lb. senior led the team on defense with 80 tackles, and on offense he was equally as dangerous with 24 touchdown passes, over 2,100 yards, over 400 yards rushing, and seven touchdowns rushing.
Henderson was voted Battlefield All-District first team middle linebacker two years in a row, Battlefield All-District first team quarterback in 2012, first team All-Region quarterback in 2012 and Honorable Mention All-State quarterback in 2012.
Impressed with Henderson’s field leadership skills, Fox defensive coordinator Jeremy Jack said, “He is a shy kid who leads by example. Anything you ask him to do, the kid does, and certainly he is an asset to any program that wants to bring him aboard. Naturally physical, he’s strong and coachable, and he never makes the same mistake twice.”