Hopewell’s Henderson heads to Ohio State having ‘always wanted to be a Buckeye’

Nation's top high school running back commits to Ohio State

HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - It’s not often one finds a talent like Hopewell’s TreVeyon Henderson.

The top-ranked running back in the Class of 2021, according to ESPN, essentially had his choice of schools, and even though he couldn’t visit, knew Ohio State was the place for him.

It's the end of a journey that saw the Blue Devil star as one of the most highly coveted recruits in the land.

"I was trying to do my school work, trying to get the grind on, but I couldn't do that with all these coaches calling and texting," Henderson said on Monday. "It takes a lot of weight off my shoulders."

Henderson verbally committed to Ohio State on Friday night. It ended a process that peaked with 40 college scholarship offers from the nation’s top programs and concluded with his commitment to the Buckeyes.

"I've always wanted to be a Buckeye, but what really stood out was the people there. They've got great coaches," the running back noted. "I can accomplish anything I need to."

"I also told Tre this is the one time in his life that he needs to be selfish and he needs to go where he feels the most comfortable," added Hopewell head coach Ricky Irby. "Once he was ready to commit, he was ready."

Henderson’s recruiting journey ended in somewhat bizarre fashion, as he had to cancel several of his scheduled college visits due to coronavirus concerns, including his trip to Columbus. He could’ve waited but said that once he knew he wanted to go to Ohio State, he didn’t want to waste anybody else’s time. Even though he was never able to set foot on OSU’s campus, the coaches gave him plenty to get a feel for the surroundings and the program.

"I [saw] everything I needed to see," he said. "They sent me a lot of videos of what they do and what they're all about."

The rising senior saw his stock rise substantially during a junior season in which he scored a Richmond-area record 53 touchdowns, gained more than 3,200 all-purpose yards and led the Blue Devils to a perfect season and a state championship. Irby noted that, through it all, his star remained humble and true to himself.

"To us, he's just Tre, and he's kind of blown up a little bit on the national scene, and rightfully so, but I'm really proud of how he's handled it."

With the decision out of the way, Henderson eyes a third state title. After that, his hope is to head to Ohio State and make a name for himself at the national level.

"I want to compete for a national championship and I feel like I can definitely do that playing for Ohio State. I want to win the Heisman Trophy. I just want to be one of the best running backs that came through Ohio State."

“The kid just continues to work,” said Irby. “He amazes us with his work ethic and his ceiling is as high as he wants it to be.”

Henderson was the 2019 Gatorade State Player of the Year and was also voted Mark Fischer Player of the Year, presented by NBC12. In addition, the junior grabbed All-Metro Player of the Year honors.

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