A little known fact about Troy Henderson is his relation to Syracuse legend Ernie Davis. While Henderson makes his living on the defensive side of the ball and not running with it like his famous family member, he is now ready to don the orange and blue nonetheless.
"That's my uncle, Ernie Davis, he went there back in the day, so that was big," The Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward senior said. "I wanted to continue the legacy by going to Syracuse. I've always been around Syracuse from Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Chandler Jones, I've always been keeping up with them."
"The relationship I have with coaches was important. Coach Lea, the linebackers coach, I have a great relationship with him and they came on the scene and were the first big school to offer me. The education is great. The business school is great. It's close to home, and it felt like home when I was up there."
Henderson will line up outside for the Cuse, with an onus on being able to step out and play over slots, something he has been asked to do in high school.
Syracuse has done well in Ohio in terms of recruiting and Henderson says he will spread the word about the Orange to other area targets as well as younger players on a loaded St. Edward roster.
But for now, he simply wants to enjoy the day.
"It feels great to be done and I feel good about the decision I made and now I can give all my focus and efforts to my team and our state and national run and try to get it done."