DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — A moment a lot of the Wiregrass has been waiting to see arrived on Wednesday. Geneva County’s five star running back recruit, Emmanuel Henderson, announced the top ten schools that he is looking at to play college ball.
The list featured eight SEC schools which where: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and South Carolina. That list is alphabetical by the way.
Then the two non-SEC schools were Clemson and the University of Southern California.
Much like the entire Wiregrass, this has been a day that Henderson himself has been waiting for as well.
“You know it feels great, I can start focusing on the schools I want to go to,” Henderson said. “It means a lot, it is a very special day for me and I just love that everyone came out at supported.” Henderson continued.
In his three year career, Henderson has racked up over 4,000 yards and scored over 60 times as well. In 2020 specifically, the five star recruit has accumulated 840 yards on just 89 carries and has scored 12 touchdowns. Henderson has even expanded his expertise by throwing a passing touchdown.
Henderson has offers from over 25 power five programs, so what made those ten stick out the most?
“The academic programs, the trust I have with the coaches, and the atmospheres there. That is what I like most,” Henderson said about the ten schools.
One of the biggest influences in his career thus far has been his coach, Jim Bob Striplin, who was a quarterback at Auburn back in the 90s. He has been able to see Emmanuel grow from an 8th grader til now.
“I noticed him in P.E. class and I said ‘who is that kid?’ and when I saw him playing basketball when his was eighth grade for about five minutes, I knew he was something special,” Striplin said.
Henderson’s success on the field and court has been just a matter of time but his coach just as impressed with the man he has become.
“For him to develop into the young man he is…he makes people are him better and he makes me better. I am proud to have him, he has special things ahead of him,” Striplin added.
So no matter what school Henderson ends up playing for, that program is getting a player who will not only contribute on the field but will also grow that prog