Earlier today, the State of Colorado accepted a commitment from an athlete from Los Alamitos, California. Damian Henderson.
Henderson spent his junior year with Long Beach Wilson (California) before moving to Los Al during the off-season. He is a versatile player who could play 2-3 in college but was recruited by the Rams as a running back.
“I am very pleased to confirm my commitment,” Henderson said. “I always had a plan to dedicate the end of the summer to my senior year so I could just focus on my studies and finish on a strong note.
“I really liked the coaches at Colorado State. Coach Savage has been talking to me since he coached in Nevada and James Finlay also recruited me and I’m really comfortable with both of these guys and I have a high level of comfort there.”
Henderson made an official visit to Colorado back in June and was delighted with his time at Fort Collins.
“I really liked it there,” Henderson said. “I honestly liked everything about this place. I did a full tour of the campus, saw the football fields, and I really liked the atmosphere there.
“I also liked the city and I fit into it well. The guys from the team accepted me and made me feel real comfortable and like I said, I already have a good relationship with the coaching staff and they made me feel very welcome all the time there.”
Circuit fit and ability to compete early on were Henderson’s other strengths.
“I think I can go there and play earlier,” Henderson said. “The coaches told me that I would have a chance to compete for early game time, so it was exciting for me.
“I love the offense and the way they handle the ball. It’s a balanced offense and I think I can be a playmaker for them. It’s just great for me and I can’t wait to get out there.”
Henderson also had offers from schools such as Arizona, Oregon, San Jose State, UAB, and Washington. He said that Arizona was probably the most pressing outside of Colorado, but the Rams were the only school he attended.
At 6-2 and 185 pounds, Henderson has long been a running back fit, but he has good speed, balance and some agility.
He’s more of a one-hit-and-back type, showing a willingness to run between tackles and coming out on the field with determination.
As a junior, he rushed for 1,023 yards and had nine touchdowns, averaging over eight yards per carry. He had 12 catches for 300 yards and three throws, along with 15 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive end.