Trieu: MSU gets shot to sway 4-star LB Henderson

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Jaquan Henderson

Michigan State will have an opportunity to change the mind of one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Jaquan Henderson, a four-star from Covington (Ga.) Newton, is committed to Tennessee, and has been since June, but will visit Michigan State this fall.

“I’m planning to take other visits,” he told Scout’s Chad Simmons, “because I only get one opportunity in this recruiting process and I still want to enjoy it. Two schools I will visit are Virginia and Michigan State.”

With both the Spartans and Cavaliers, relationship with the coaching staff and getting on the field early are among the reasons the 6-foot, 195-pound recruit is still considering both schools.

“It boils down to relationships and who can set me up after football,” he said. “If (MSU and Virginia) can give me something better than that, I’ll consider it.”

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Virginia Tech and West Virginia are also making attempts to get Henderson on campus. All of these schools will have to work hard to get him away from his original commitment to the Volunteers, however.

“As of right now, I’m very (strongly committed),” he said. “Coach Butch Jones and I have good relationship and the same with Coach Thigpen, my position coach.”

For now, it’s just an opportunity for Michigan State and the other programs.

Henderson had 70 tackles (nine for loss) and seven sacks as a junior. He has 10 tackles and two sacks in two games so far this season.

Big start for Spartan running back commit

Running back is an important position in this 2017 class for Michigan State and it appears to be in good hands as Copley (Ohio) senior Weston Bridges, who committed to the Spartans in the summer, is off to a fast start.

In two games, both wins, Bridges has rushed for 305 yards and seven touchdowns, good for an average of nearly seven yards per carry. That puts him on pace to eclipse his junior season total of 1,620 yards.

Other programs still have been recruiting Bridges, including Illinois, which recently offered a scholarship, but he is firmly committed to Michigan State.

Big, talented sophomore looking to visit

According to Olentangy (Ohio) Orange head coach Zebb Schroeder, his sophomore tight end / defensive end Zach Harrison will visit Michigan State in the near future.

Harrison already stands over 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and is playing both sides of the ball for his team. No schools have offered scholarships yet, but with his size and the athleticism to qualify for the state finals in the 4x400 relay as a freshman last year, colleges are already in contact.

He visited Ohio State last Saturday and will also visit Purdue this season.

Michigan State was one of the first schools to inquire about him.

More information

Jaquan Henderson profile

Weston Bridges profile

Zach Harrison profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at