Geneva County’s Emmanuel Henderson describes recruiting process during COVID-19 pandemic

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HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Emmanuel Henderson’s recruiting process has looked different than other five star running backs in the past.

The Geneva County High School junior is the number two ranked running back in Alabama and is considered as one of the top running backs in the country for the class of 2022.

Henderson has received offers from multiple power five programs, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making his decision has been a little more challenging.

“Tough part is not being able to go and visit the schools really,” Henderson said. “It’s been hard for me to see which schools I like because I can’t be in the atmosphere and really see what I’ll be doing in four years. So it’s really tough.”

Zoom calls now replace physically visiting schools like he did during his freshman and sophomore years. Despite the change, Henderson say he doesn’t think COVID-19 challenges haven’t influenced his thought process too much.

In addition to playing football and being recruited, Henderson is also a pretty busy high schooler. He told WDHN he tries to make sure football and recruitment doesn’t distract him from his grades.

“That’s the main focus, school work,” Henderson said. “You gotta be a student athlete, student first. So I really stay on my school work.”

Henderson revealed his top ten schools in October, eight of which were SEC programs. Saturday he will announce his final choice.

“Piped up, nervous, all kinds of emotions,” Henderson said. “So, yeah, it’s gonna be a tough day.”

Henderson finished the 2020 season with 1,147 rushing yards on 147 carries and 20 touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 143 yards.

Once he has decided where he’ll be spending his college years, Henderson says he’ll begin focusing on being a dedicated team leader and helping his Geneva County Bulldogs win a state championship.

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