Collins Hill’s Tyler Henderson has been selected as the Daily Post’s offensive football player of the year. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
Tyler Henderson always dreamed of playing college football for a major Division I program.
The Collins Hill running back didn’t know if it would ever happen with no schools offering him a scholarship.
“There was a time I wasn’t getting any looks and my coaches told me to be patient,” Henderson said.
His dream became a reality on Monday.
Henderson, the Daily Post’s Offensive Player of the Year, committed to Wake Forest after receiving an offer from the ACC school on Sunday.
“That’s every football player’s dream to play in the ACC or SEC,” Henderson said. “It’s definitely the level of play I like. That’s where the national champion came from. Also, the education I’m going to get there will set me up for success.”
Henderson had offers from Middle Tennessee, Air Force, Old Dominion, Buffalo and Georgia State. His finalists were Middle Tennessee and Wake Forest.
“They offered me on Sunday. The running back coach came to visit me today and I committed. It just felt right,” Henderson said. “It just felt like it’s the best opportunity for me. I’m excited about the coaches there. Everywhere they’ve been they have been successful.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Henderson rushed for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns to help the Eagles to a share of the Region 7-AAAAAA championship and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Henderson also caught 27 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns.
Henderson, who maintains a 3.78 GPA, plans to take his official visit to Wake Forest this weekend.
“The level of education, I put it as the equivalent to the Ivy League, but the football play is better,” Henderson said. “We’re going to Wake the nation.”