Miami commit Henderson has the Florida Gators at No.2

The Florida Gators had the south endzone full of prospects for the spring game two weeks ago and that included several guys who’re committed to other prospects.

Miami athlete commit C.J. Henderson (6-0, 174, Miami, FL Columbus) was one of those guys who visited and he was in Gainesville for multiple days.

“It was nice, I always learn something new up there when I visit,” Henderson said of his Florida visit. “I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and I’m getting more comfortable with the school and stuff like that. The first day I was there we got to meet the track coach and watch practice. The second day we watched the spring game.”

Florida announced an attendance of over 46,000 for the Orange and Blue game and that impressed Henderson for a spring game.

“The spring game was real packed,” he said. “It was a lot more people than I expected for a spring game. The fans were real supportive of the team and they were cheering for everyone. I always like the atmosphere up there and the fans always get crazy and loud.”

During the two day visit Henderson spoke to several coaches including defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, head coach Jim McElwain and his area recruiter.

“I talked to all of the coaches, Coach Gray, Coach McElwain and Coach Randy Shannon mostly,” Henderson said. “Coach Shannon told me that he knows that I’m going to end up at Florida and that he wants me to be on his team there. Just stuff like that.”

Henderson met Gray a few weeks ago when he was in town but the two had the chance to have another in-depth conversation when he was in town.

“Coach Gray told me that he wants me at cornerback,” he said. “He was telling me things to watch during the spring game for the cornerbacks when we talked on that Thursday. He wanted me to watch how the cornerbacks played.”

McElwain also had a lengthy conversation with Henderson including telling the Miami commit that he’s wanted in Gainesville.

“Coach McElwain told me at the end of the day he knows that I’m a Gator,” Henderson said of McElwain’s message. “He said that he knows that I know where home is at and that Florida will take care of me. He said that I have a spot waiting on me and just stuff like that. That means something big to me.”

Henderson who has family in the Gainesville area has continued to express a lot of interest in Florida despite his commitment.

“I have a lot interest in Florida, I like the campus and I like how cool the coaching staff is,” he said. “I like the family atmosphere they have. I’m still pretty solid to Miami though. Florida is second but I’m going to compare the two seasons this fall.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.