Editors Note: This past weekend at the “Battle In Seattle” 7 on 7 tournament Reiley Henderson lead his regular season (Skyview) team to an impressive championship win over Team WA-NEI North (All Star group from Las Vegas National Tourney).. Henderson will be named the MVP from the tournament, and I think our head receiver coach Mike Bush summed it up best by saying, ” I don’t care how many offers the kid has, thats the best corner in Washington- hands down”. Keep in mind Bush was one of the Pac 10’s top athletes while at Washington St, and is considered one of the best receiver coaches in the country so he knows what he is talking about. Simply put Reiley Henderson is the real deal and will have multiple offers before all is said and done.
Skyview (Vancouver, Wa.) DB/WR Riley Henderson, is arguably the top corner prospect in the state, along with Seattle Prep’s Tere’ Calloway and Graham-Kapowsin’s Kahlil Dawson, but unlike the latter two the former has yet to receive an offer. While that might seem like an indictment of his talents, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“A couple schools have pretty much made it clear to me that they want to see my grades and make sure of the progress I’m making on my GPA,” Henderson, who has a 2.5 overall GPA right now, told Northwest Elite Index. “I’ve been meeting with my counselors and I’m taking summer classes this year so I can get my grades where they need to be. If I do that, I feel like I’ll probably get some offers because of what the schools are saying.”
While Henderson prefers to keep which schools are close under wraps, he did mention that he has talked to them about where they see him ending up.
“They all like me on defense, at corner,” Henderson noted. “Arizona State, Boise State, Washington State, Colorado and Oregon State have all told me they like me at corner and Eastern Washington, Portland State and Montana are also talking about that too.”
While the focus from recruiters has been on the defensive side of the ball, don’t sleep on the fact that Henderson is also a very talented receiver, leading state runner-up Skyview with 57 receptions for 901 yards and nine touchdowns. While he has the speed, quickness and hands to be a real threat on that side of the ball he admits he loves to play defense much more.
“I love playing defense and shutting down the guy across from me,” Henderson noted. “It’s the whole competitive thing and if you shut down their best receiver, that basically just stops most offenses.”
After the loss of Kieran McDonagh to graduation, some might think that Skyview is headed for trouble, but make no mistake, Jordan Berni, who will be a senior this fall, looks poised to keep the Storm offensive attack humming.
“Jordan has been with us for a while and we are all friends,” Henderson said. “We’ve been working on our timing a lot, and he’s a great leader so I’m not worried about how he’s going to do. We’re in great shape with him.”
Turning the focus back to camps, Henderson said he plans to attend the Northwest Elite Camp on June 8th, the Nike SPARQ camp at Oregon, and the top camp in the Pacific Northwest, the (NEI/Barton) showcase event June 30th at the University of Washington. He said he also wants to hit the Arizona State, Eastern Washington and Washington camps as well.
It will be a busy summer for the talented corner prospect, but as long as he gets his grades where they need to be, he should see a flow of offers start to come in.
We will keep in touch with Henderson in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens with him.