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Zips pursue former USC commit

By mrasor Published: December 29, 2008

Akron is recruiting a four-star defensive end who signed with Southern Cal in 2007.
Chris Henderson (also known as Troy Henderson) is now attending Milford Academy in New York. According to, only Pitt and Akron have offered a scholarship.
Henderson signed with USC as a 264-pound tight end/defensive end coming out of Vancouver College Prep. Akron, Kentucky and Washington State also pursued him in 2007. Since then, Henderson has packed on 45 pounds, and he appears to be solely a candidate on the defensive line.
Henderson graduated Canadian high school at age 17, a year earlier than the typical age in the United States. Academics appeared to be an issue back then, but Henderson was thrilled to be touring Hollywood with Pete Carroll and his new teammates in the "Trojan family." Apparently, it was a bigger problem than they thought.
Picture a four-man defensive front of Almondo Sewell, Ryan Bain, Henderson and Shawn Lemon. That is a phenomenal line, even for a high-level BCS team. Then consider the gobs of depth behind those four. My point is, it would be a fireable offense for J.D. Brookhart to maintain the 3-man defensive line with that kind of personnel.

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