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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Three-star TE Austin Henderson commits to the Gophers

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Fleck and co. get back in the commitment column with a verbal from a Tennessee tight end

P.J. Fleck on National Signing Day 2018 Gopher Sports

Head coach P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers were able to stem the tide of recent decommitments and get back in the win column on the recruiting trail, nabbing a verbal commitment from Tennessee tight end Austin Henderson yesterday evening.

Get to know Austin Henderson

Height: 6’5”
Weight: 221

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Indiana and Iowa State

247 Sports Composite Rating: .8316

Scouting Report

If you couldn’t already tell from his measurables, Henderson has a big frame. What makes him stand out, aside from his size, is the enviable athleticism that he pairs with that frame. Fleck and tight ends coach Clay Patterson seem to covet versatility in their tight ends, valuing players who can have catch and block or at least have the ability to develop or improve one or the other. Physically, Henderson looks the part and has the right combination of size, length, and athleticism. but he’ll need to develop more consistency in his run blocking to be the complete package.

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Regarding the main photo: I have not yet settled on a permanent new photo for the commitment posts. This is simply a placeholder in the interim. But the “Fleck with an oar” photo has been retired, for now. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this transitional period.