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Xavier Henderson

Defensive Back:: 6-1 :: 195
Reynoldsburg, Ohio :: Pickerington Central High School


Plans to enroll for the 2018 spring semester and participate in spring practice . . . named to the Rivals250 (No. 177) as one of the best overall players in the nation . . . also named one of the 300 best players in the nation by 247Sports (No. 277) . . . ranked the top cornerback in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com . . . named the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division 1 Co-Defensive Player of the Year while helping lead Pickerington Central High School to a 14-1 record and a Division 1 state championship . . . listed among the top cornerbacks in the country by Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . rated one of the top overall players in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com (No. 8) and 247Sports (No. 9) . . . two-time first-team all-state selection (Associated Press in 2016; OPSWA in 2017) . . . two-time Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017) . . . two-time All-Central District Division 1 Defensive Player of the Year . . . named All-Ohio Capital Conference (Ohio Division) Player of the Year as a senior . . . played for Coach Jay Sharrett at Pickerington Central High School . . . recorded four interceptions, 77 tackles and six touchdowns during his senior season . . . had five tackles and ran for 153 yards on 14 carries, including a 24-yard TD run, in the 56-28 victory over Mentor in the Division 1 state title game . . . had an 82-yard TD reception and 16-yard run for a score vs. Hilliard Bradley in the Region 3 semifinal game . . . returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown against Gahanna Lincoln on Sept. 29 . . . first-team all-state pick by The Associated Press as a junior after recording 123 tackles, seven interceptions and 22 pass break-ups . . . also named to the 2016 ALL-USA TODAY Ohio First Team . . . helped lead Pickerington Central to an 11-2 record and a berth in the 2016 state semifinals . . . son of Allen and Amy Henderson . . . born July 12, 1999 . . . plans to major in engineering . . . high school teammate of Trenton Gillison, who also signed his National Letter of Intent with Michigan State.

Dantonio on Henderson: "Xavier committed to us early in his junior year and stayed the course. He was a tremendous player in our camp. He's an excellent tackler, has great change of direction, and has outstanding safety skills. He also has shown the ability to excel at running back, receiver and as a returner. He was named the Co-Defensive Player in the Year in the state of Ohio while helping his team win a state title. He has good size and really can do it all. He will compete for an opportunity to play immediately."



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