When Khalid Henderson committed to Tennessee this summer, he thought his recruitment was over.
But the Austell (Ga.) Pebblebrook linebacker was thrown a curveball earlier this month when the Vols rescinded their earlier offer to him.
So Henderson was left to scramble and he had to reevaluate different schools.
With the initial shock worn off, Henderson is getting things in order and is narrowing down his choices before he commits to a new team prior to National Signing Day (Feb. 1).
One of the schools he’s looking at is UCF.
“The lineup right now is just UCF, Ole Miss, Duke and possibly Maryland and Georgia,” Henderson said.
Late Friday night, Henderson talked to Kentucky coaches and will visit there next weekend, Jan. 27.
Henderson (6-1, 200) is currently in Oxford visiting Ole Miss this weekend after coming off a favorable impression of his official UCF trip last weekend.
“The visit went fine, I had a lot of fun,” Henderson said of UCF. “That was a big surprise. I had heard a lot of good things about facilities and stuff and it was like more than I imagined when I got there.”
During his visit, Henderson posted on his Twitter account that UCF “could be my home for the next 4 years.” https://twitter.com/#!/SkinToneINK/status/158332948465205248
“They’re definitely up there,” Henderson said following his visit. “I’ve got a new perspective on UCF now.”
However, Henderson was not ready to pull the trigger and commit. After the Ole Miss visit, he's wait to see if Maryland and Georgia come through with offers.
After what happened to Henderson with Tennessee, he can’t be blamed for taking his time.
Henderson was committed to the Vols since last summer, but was told by Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley in January that he should look at other options.
“It was just like it was more of a business side. I guess they thought they could get another guy who they felt was ranked higher than me,” Henderson said. “I just can’t live my life off of a possibility, so I decided to decommit from there.”
After a tumultuous start to the new year, Henderson is happy to be controlling his own destiny and is in no hurry to make another commitment.
“Comfort level is pretty good right now,” he said. “Everything is slow and steady right now.”
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.