The Best Player In The Northwest Without an Offer; Reiley Henderson

Don’ t take it from me, ask anyone who’s seen Reiley Henderson play and they all say the same thing. How does that kid not have an offer? A few weeks back in Las Vegas at the National 7 on 7 tournament Keyshawn Johnson walked up to me and said “who’s that?” Referencing Reiley. I told him his name and he asked ‘Whats he do?”
I said, “lock people up”.

Reiley was an absolute assassin in Vegas and may have been the most impressive player on either team not named Deshawn Stephens. Taylor Barton says. “the kids for real and now we see it week after week, he doesn’t pass the eye test at first but he’s a phenomenal football player and an unquestioned D1 DB”. This coming from a guy who does not freely just give out that type of praise.

NEI and Barton Football’s Washington Head Coach James Laurence said at our elite event this past weekend, “JJ, how does that kid not have an offer ? ” It is what it is and Henderson will eventually have multiple schools to choose from, but for the time being it’s going to be really interesting to see who pulls the trigger first.

If Tere’ Calloway didn’t have 8 offers we would have Reiley ranked the #1 DB in Washington. The kid is a lock down corner in every sense of the word and is almost just as good of a receiver. Last season he caught 57 balls for 901 yards and 11 Total Td’s helping to lead his team to a state title appearance.

Henderson recently stopped playing baseball, even though he was considered maybe the top player in the state for his class. Its this type of focus towards football that has to make college coaches appreciate his decision. Reiley is the younger brother of the very talented Ellis Henderson who originally signed with Hawaii, but came back here to Portland St.

Someone is going to get a steal as Reiley just has a natural gift as a DB. He’s sneaky good so we can understand how he can go under recruited to a point, but over the last month we have seen enough of Henderson to say that he’s the top corner in the Northwest, with all due respect to Kahlil Dawson and Nate Halverson who are both D1 kids with offers.

Reiley will team with fellow junior speedster Forrest Russell to form one of the top 1-2 punches in the northwest. Russell went for over 800 yards and 8 Tds himself, as we will hear a great deal more from him in the near future.

Henderson has some significant goals for the upcoming season, ‘” I want to help get my team back to the dome, and personally I would like to be a first team all state athlete on both sides of the ball”. He continued, ” NEI and Barton Football has taught me a lot working with the top coaches, and competing against the best athletes in the northwest week in and week out”.

Like many other athletes Reiley enjoys the competitive environment that only NEI and Barton Football can provide. The one comment we get from all of the top athletes that train with us is that this is the place to train if you want to get better. Most of the top kids aren’t sufficiently challenged on a consistent basis, so any time you can compete against the top competition it becomes very valuable.

We wish Reiley continued success and we feel that he will be a kid with multiple prominent offers before all is said and done. Reiley Henderson Highlights


(Reiley Henderson 5-10 170 Jr. CB/WR)