"Electric" TreVeyon Henderson discusses Virginia Tech Visit

The Hokies had a chance to impress a blue-chip Virginia running back.

[TreVeyon Henderson]

Everyone went right, so he went left. An 80-yard touchdown run snapped Dinwiddie's 32-game regular season winning streak. That's when Hopewell football coach Ricky Irby knew TreVeyon Henderson had next-level potential.

"Wow, him with the ball in his hands, he's just ... electric," said Irby.

In the weeks leading up to that game in 2018, the then-sophomore nudged Irby for an opportunity to carry the ball. In his mind his future was at running back. He's explosive, fond of scoring touchdowns and making defenders miss, but Henderson had been slotted at wide receiver and defensive back for most of his high school career. A depleted running back platoon provided him his chance.

"The game before that, all of our running backs went down," said Henderson. "They had no choice but to put me in the backfield."

The 4th quarter housecall from the wildcat broke a 0-0 tie and secured a victory.

"I knew it would be a little cutback when I saw everybody flowing to the right," said Henderson.

Now premier programs across the country covet the 5-11, 195 pound Virginia Gatorade player of the year, who rushed for 1,989 yards and 39 touchdowns on 157 carries (12.7 YPC, .25 touchdowns per carry) last season.

"His speed is top-notch," said Irby. "He won the 55 meters for the state track meet. His work ethic is unbelievable. His ability to jump cut and to move laterally, and then accelerate and get back to full speed, obviously you can't teach that as a coach, it's unreal. His vision has gotten better. He hadn't had a lot of carries at running back. He's still learning the position at the high school level this year, as the season went on you could see how much better his instincts and vision got."

He quickly grasped how to find the fold on inside and outside zones, a bread and butter package in Hopewell's (and the Hokies') run attack, but it took a bit more time to understand the nuance and patience of letting a counter run develop.

"He was always a little too quick to the hole at first, so we had to slow him down," said Irby. "Then once he figured out how to take that counter step and let his pullers get over there he would score most of the time he touched the ball."

The No. 2 running back nationally per the 247Sports Composite (0.9888, 5-star) released a top 9 of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Texas, Ohio State, North Carolina, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma. The Hokies were fortunate enough to host him on an unofficial visit prior COVID-19 induced recruiting dead period which bars in-person recruiting until at least April 15.

Henderson was welcomed to Blacksburg by a bevy of signs and high-touch treatment from the Virginia Tech staff.

"I had never seen anything like it," said Henderson. "Virginia Tech fans show a lot of love. It was fun getting to see that, and knowing how much me being on their campus means to them."

It was all hands on deck for the Hokies, but the staff made it a point to connect Henderson with its three standout alumni on staff, to stress what he could accomplish at "home".

"As soon as we got there, it felt like the entire football staff, secretaries, everybody was there, strength and conditioning guys, to greet us at the Merryman Center," said Irby. "It was a really good visit. He got to sit down, a little round robin discussion with Darryl Tapp, Justin Hamilton, and Pierson Prioleau."

According to Irby, the Hokies' emphasized he could be "a homerun hitter" at Tech, someone who "stays in-state and becomes a legend", and "an impact player and not just another 5-star".

Naturally, for the straight-A high school student, and planned finance major, academics are important. The trip included a stop at the Pamplin College of Business which Henderson said was a "great business school".

Beyond his education, he's looking for a program that sets him up for life after football and a sincere connection with a coaching staff. As far as relationships are concerned, he noted Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Virginia lead the way.

He said of the Hokies, "They're definitely putting together something special. They're doing great things. They got a bunch of good players. They're a young team, so they should be pretty good this year though."

The results on Saturday matter for the rising senior too.

"I want to compete for a national championship," said Henderson. "I want to be part of a winning team. I want to win. I like to win, I don't like to lose."

And even though he's still going through the process, a commitment might catch recruitniks by surprise.

"I don't have a specific date because a lot of recruits are committing so early nowadays, and spots are getting filled up," said Henderson. "I'm still doing my research right now, but a commitment could come at any time though."

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Really REALLY hope we land this guy and other VA blue chippers in the 2021 class. Program elevating talent

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

i had a dream last night that we landed DD, Henderson, Grimes, Leigh, Neville, J. Hollifield, and Watson. That one was hard to wake up from.

TIL you dream about 18 year old boys and struggle with reality when you wake up

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

they're juniors, so probably not even 18 yet 😱

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

it ain't eazy bein sleazy

What version of NCAA football were you playing in this dream?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Jet Sweep

I hope it's not a dream, but when he makes comment like "I want to win a National Championship" it seems he is saying "Clemson" or a power SEC team (Alabama/LSU..) not Tech.... :-(

Bruce Smith needs to talk with him about becoming a VA legend.

I hope he proves me wrong.

FWIW he didn't have Clemson in his top teams

Vroom Vroom

But it did include lolUVA which kind of made my head hurt.....he does understand the difference between national championship in football and national championship in basketball, right?

The LewDew, Professional Golf Bum

I don't know the difference because we don't have either...

Ohio state

Recruit Prosim

Shades of David Wilson. Follow up question to ask: how's his rabbit catching skill?

“Who is this Fuentes person that you speak about?” -McHokie540

Or his outside Cassell wall climbing skill

How is he at climbing the Cassell?

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

He's got nothing on David Wilson - at least in this regard

Username check out.

“Who is this Fuentes person that you speak about?” -McHokie540

Great article, Joe. Nice hearing directly from the recruit about the visit.
That recruiting analytics video with mph was really sweet as well.

The reincarnation of David Wilson.

Speed, vision, strength. Out of all the 2021 guys he's the one that has the most to offer his first year on campus.

It'll be tough for Tech to get this one against Ohio State and Georgia, who have a great history of developing those hybrid RB/slot guys. Worth keeping an eye on though.

This kid is the next David Wilson.

As far as relationships are concerned, he noted Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Virginia lead the way.

Is it basketball season yet?

Just putting them on the hook:

come home TREVEYON

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

Who is #6 (might be #8, hard to tell) in that second clip? He looks even faster.

Can we tweet at @4stillrunnning to tweet at TreVeyon? Asking for a friend.

Comparing this kid to David Wilson is selling his talent a bit short, which isn't a knock on Wilson, but more of a testament to what an amazing prospect Henderson is as a 5-star RB.

Henderson already runs a 6.48 55m time which, after checking every possible conversion calculator, roughly equates to a legit 4.3 40yd dash. During his draft combine, Wilson logged a 4.49, which is fast but not blazing speed.

Factor in that Henderson has a bigger frame (2" taller) and is already 195lbs, meaning he can definitely put on additional weight/strength.

IMO, Henderson resembles another great VT RB... Kevin Jones, who had a similar frame, measured out at 6'0 and 220lbs, and was a top rated 5-star prospect. Oh, and KJ also ran a 4.3.

I think we can all agree that getting the next KJ in this system with this OL and the packed QB room and... excuse me while I go 'socially distance' myself while watching KJ's old VT highlights.

Henderson already runs a 6.48 55m time which, after checking every possible conversion calculator, roughly equates to a legit 4.3 40yd dash. During his draft combine, Wilson logged a 4.49, which is fast but not blazing speed.

Quick math check here. You can't just scale seconds/yard and get a 40 time. 40s are about burst off the line. Unless you're a lineman or a large line backer, you are probably going to average better over 55m than you are 40 yards.

Anecdote: I ran track and played soccer and the best 40 time I ever clocked was 4.45. But my last ten yards were significantly faster than my first ten. There were guys with faster 40 times where I was making up ground as we crossed the line. I never ran the 55m, but I would wager that I could pull my average down over that extra 15 yards and make my "40 time" (as you calculated it) look a lot better than reality.

TL;DR- the kid is fast, but no need to disparage Wilson by using fuzzy math

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The kid that escorts him to the end zone in the second clip is pretty dadgum lickety-split in his own right.

Leonard. Duh.

No way he chooses us with that offer list but it is nice to dream

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Been saying for weeks, I'm cautiously optimistic, but watching what the other recruits do will be important as well. Campbell is in this class. Let's say he commits to us, and Henderson goes elsewhere. Or, we don't get Campbell, and but whiff completely on Henderson. I'm just saying, for arguments sake, no inside sauces.

Him, Double D, and Grimes have been active w/ each other on Twitter. Gives me hope.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

OSU Mod on 247 seems to think Henderson commits to OSU within the next week. Long way to go, but if "crystal balls" mean anything, he may be right.

Why put out a top 9 then commit the very next week?

Open your eyes Nicholas


Guess we will find out soon enough, if what they are saying is true.

is it sad that I know exactly which episode of Gilmore Girls this Gif was generated from?

It is. And I blame my wife...

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Teenagers + unprecedented circumstances can equal some strange stuff. Ohio State's dead period momentum has been pretty nuts so far.

...You don't really even need the unprecedented circumstances for the logic of teenagers to be confusing.

The part about spots filling up should stick out here.

The numbers always work out, especially for ***** players. I wouldn't think that would mean much for him.

"I am probably too rational to be here"

Not at the Ohio States of the world.

Not going to get Campbell

Recruit Prosim

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I almost posted this as well but Sermon is a 1 year grad transfer so it shouldn't really affect Henderson's recruitment.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

you'd think 🤷‍♂️ but it's probably in Treveyon's best interest not to redshirt, and it's probably in his best interest to get significant snaps as a true freshman. Difficult for anOSU to promise that with any sort of credibility now

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

TreVeyon is in the class of 2021 so Sermon will be gone.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

🤦‍♂️

welp

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Yeah, if anything this tells Henderson that OSU isn't taking a freshman who will be a year ahead of him.

Dang it. I want to have nice things.

Seems Rivals think VT may still hold onto him, eventhough there have been 3 CBS to OSU today.

He also retweeted a tweet by Gene Chizik that choosing the right road, not the popular road, can be difficult for young people. And that the right road always beats the popular road.

I like to think we are the right road, not the popular one here. So guess we'll see.

I hate to say it, but stay home could be the popular road, popular with friends and family, but going to a powerhouse is the "right" road

Ugh...OSU is the worst...that could have been a game changer. Unfortunate

Sean