HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Incoming senior Nick Henderson finished among the best athletes in Texas during Sam Houston State University's 2017 Kat Elite Football Camp on Saturday at Bowers Stadium.
"The competition was well above average but the lessons were the same as we learn on the field and in the film room at Lumpkins Stadium," Henderson said about the camp. "For me, it was another chance to work on the fundamentals of the game before the season starts."
The 5-foot-9 cornerback placed first in the 40-yard dash with a 4.31, beating Nimitz High School cornerback Jamhad Booth (4.34), Katy High School wide receiver Jahquan Bloomfield (4.470) and 16 other athletes. He also posted a 4.26 5-10-5 shuttle time, which was second amongst all players.
According to NFL combine research, the shuttle is easily one the most telling indication of a player’s area explosiveness. With the burgeoning speed of the game at the high school football level and the growing reliance on pass-first offenses, players have to be able to change directions quickly. That is especially true for positions like running back and wide receiver and the positions that defend them — namely cornerback, linebacker and safety.
The camp, led by SHSU Head Coach K.C. Wheeler, was the second of the summer football offseason. Her information from the University's athletic website, it was designed to evaluate players from an overall athletic perspective, especially in the areas of speed agility and ability to progress at individual positions.
It also featured guest coaches from FBS, FCS and NCAA Division II schools will be including the Universities of Houston, Memphis, Michigan and Arizona State, Arkansas State, Baylor, Tulane and Texas Tech Washington State Universities.
Henderson noted the extra competition and gave him some extra reps before going into late summer practices and head-to-head battles for playing time in a fully-loaded Indian secondary.
Mainstays like Henderson and junior Demani Richardson won't be the only Indians on new Defensive Backs Coach Ray Jones' radar. Ashton Moore and Quatavius Donaldson, returned from a season-ending injury, as well as new additions like Jarreth and Josh Sterns will vie for turf time.
"It helped a lot. This defense is going to be special with the players we have this year," Henderson said. "I think that our secondary will be amazing due to our talent. I know our season is going to be way different from last year not only because of what we have but also because of what we've learned in the last 12 months."