UNION COUNTY — A star Yellow Jacket football player has signed to play at Newberry College.
On Monday, family, friends and coaches of Jamarcus Henderson gathered in the Union County High School library as Henderson signed to play football for Newberry College.
“It’s a great feeling,” Henderson said. “I’ve been waiting for this day to happen, and I’m happy my family, friends and girlfriend could be here with me.”
“Plus, I like to be the center of attention,” he smiled.
Union County head football coach Steve Taneyhill said he is very happy for Henderson.
“He has been such a productive athlete,” Taneyhill said, mentioning that the defensive end delivered 29 sacks in two years and was the Upstate Defensive Player of the Year this year.
“Guys like that need to play college football.”
Taneyhill explained that because of a Newberry recruiter — who had been in charge of recruiting in Union County — taking another job, the process of getting Henderson into the Newberry College football program was extended. He said he and Union County offensive line coach Ryan Young met with Newberry Wolves defensive coordinator Stephen Flynn to look at film of Henderson. Taneyhill said academic work was required of Henderson, and Henderson put in the work and got it done.
Henderson said he wants to be a good role model as he goes on to play for the Wolves, and he is confident that success lies ahead.
“I’m going to take somebody’s position — I already know,” Henderson said. “I just have to keep grinding.”