Next Great at "The U"

Mississippi Scout
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Darrell Henderson has become the focal point for South Panola's offense and special teams. Could he become the next great one at South Panola?

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"I try to not think about all of that stuff," Henderson said. "I just try to focus on one game at a time and just let my play do the talking. There have been so many great ones to come out of this program. For people just to mention me in the same sentence as some of those guys is good enough for me. I just want to help our team win some more state championships."

It was the state championship game last season that put Henderson on the map. He rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Brandon.

"It felt great to come out with the win and the way I performed. A lot of people started noticing me after that game. It was probably the best game of my career up to that point. It just felt great to bring my 'A' game to the table in the biggest game of my career. That's what I was most proud about."

The 5' 10", 190-pound tailback finished his sophomore campaign with over 1,400 rushing yards and has picked up right where he left off this season.

"Against White Station (Tenn.), I returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown, and I also had an interception in the back of the endzone. I ran it back for a touchdown. They're playing me some at cornerback too this year. I returned a kickoff 70 yards in that game too. Then last week against West Point I had 18 rushes for 185 yards and four touchdowns and six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. All told I have like 200 something rushing yards and seven touchdowns."

Henderson brings a lot to the table for South Panola and head coach Lance Pogue.

"I feel like I bring a lot because I have breakout speed. I also bring a lot of power to the table. It's hard for just one person to bring me down. I'm still working on my feet and keeping my balance."

Henderson has high expectations for his junior campaign.

"I'm shooting for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. I want to have a great season this year."

Which colleges are currently standing out?

"I like Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, and MSU."

What stands out about each school on his list?

"Ole Miss, I like it over there. They have a good program over there. I like their atmosphere, and I like how most of our players who go over there produce over there. LSU, I like their atmosphere too, and you have to be tough to play over there. Mississippi State, they have a good program too. And Arkansas , their new coaches want to run the ball."

Henderson did not take any visits and did not attend any camps over the summer.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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