Junior college defensive end Cameron Henderson confirmed in a phone interview with the Orlando Sentinel that he has committed to UCF. Henderson announced the news at his family’s home in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday night.
Henderson originally signed with Auburn coming out of high school in Alabama, but he later jumped to Navarro Junior College in Texas.
He listed UCF, USF, Arizona and Baylor among his finalists before picking the Knights.
Henderson visited UCF during the weekend and was favoring the Knights, but he said wanted to spend some time with his family discussing his options.
“The visit was great,” Henderson said of his UCF tour. “I liked everything -- the campus, the coaches, the players.”
UCF receivers coach David Kelly is Henderson's lead recruiter and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Victor Gray was his tour guide.
Henderson (6-5, 250) is friends with Toby Jackson, a four-star defensive end at Navarro Junior College who signed with UCF last week. The Knights are hoping Jackson and Henderson can replace standout senior defensive ends Bruce Miller and David Williams.
Henderson said he has matured a lot during his time in junior college, completely changing the way he approaches the recruiting process.
“It was more important this time,” he said. “It's more of a business decision. I have to think about going to a school where I can play right away and really make an impact. I'm not going to just pick the school because of the name.”
He said UCF's name is on the rise. The 10-3 Knights were ranked No. 25 in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings and will play Georgia (6-6) in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.
“They've impressed me a lot,” he said. “I know coach [George] O'Leary is a very good coach and that I could really make an impact at UCF.”
Henderson said he felt comfortable with Kelly.
“You just know you can trust him,” Henderson said.
He also enjoyed watching UCF’s Liberty Bowl practices and was impressed with his future position coach, defensive line coach Jim Panagos.
“He’s on fire during practice,” Henderson said. “I like that.”
Iliana Limon is the Sentinel's UCF beat writer and can be reached at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun