Lake Braddock QB Caleb Henderson packs his bags

April 10, 2013

Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson has several college visits lined up. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

It will be quite a busy next several days for Lake Braddock junior quarterback Caleb Henderson. His dad, Eric, said earlier this week that they play to visit North Carolina on Wednesday, Virginia Tech on Friday, Tennessee on Saturday and perhaps Georgia on Sunday or Monday.

Henderson picked up his latest offer last week from Boston College.

“He’s been on the road a lot and doing a lot of combines and a lot of training, too,” said Eric Henderson, dean of students at Lake Braddock and the football team’s defensive coordinator. “He’s been a busy kid. He’s tired. We’ve tried to cycle back on the training just so he could catch his breath.”

Henderson works out with outside quarterback coaches a couple of times a week. He has a trainer in Maryland and also a speed coach, and Lake Braddock is using some of its “green days,” when the team can practice out of season.

Henderson completed 210 of 327 passes last year for 2,435 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 103 times for 453 yards and nine scores.

Rated by rivals.com as the country’s 65th-best prospect at any position, the 6-foot-4, 226-pound Henderson also has an Elite 11 regional quarterback competition on April 20 at Redskins Park. The three-hour camp will include instructional drills, accuracy competitions and other tests of quarterbacking skills. The Ashburn stop is one of six regional competitions.

Based on performances at the regional events, some of the top quarterbacks in the country will be invited to the five-day Elite 11 Quarterback Competition in California during the summer.

As for selecting a school, the family is in no hurry. In addition to the visits scheduled for this week, the Hendersons plan to visit Miami later this month and they want to make a return trip to Illinois and also drop in on Purdue, Nebraska, West Virginia and perhaps other schools.

“It’s got to be the right fit, and Caleb has to feel comfortable about where he’s going, his mom has to like the coach, and I have to feel good about the football program and the direction,” Eric Henderson said. “We’re constantly talking, but I don’t think there’s any timetable yet.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 10

Where nbadraft.net predicts DeMatha graduate Victor Oladipo will be selected. The Indiana guard announced Wednesday that he is making himself eligible for the draft. The site has him going 10th to the Wizards. Others have him going around sixth or so.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– All-Met Hockey Player of the Year Jack Slater helped lead No. 1 Gonzaga to a 7-2 boys’ lacrosse win over No. 2 Landon.

– Westfield freshman Emma Kershner has taken on a greater role than she expected on the fourth-ranked girls’ soccer team, including Tuesday night when she scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over No. 3 Centreville.

– In girls’ lacrosse, Westfield junior Meghan Heick scored the go-ahead goal in a 12-10 overtime win over No. 10 Oakton.

– Sophomore left-hander Andrew Ashur puts the prep in Georgetown Prep with his meticulous habits. He threw a one-hitter for the No. 10 Little Hoyas at Bullis on Tuesday.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

What jumped out from the schedule was the girls’ lacrosse matchup between No. 1 St.Stephen’s/St. Agnes at No. 2 Georgetown Visitation at 4:15 p.m. Visitation edged the Saints, 12-11, in one of the teams’ two meetings last year, their only victory in the last 13 games in the series and the first Independent School League loss for St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes since 1995.

I’m a sucker for teams meeting for the first time, because, hey, I’m all about bringing people together. And if they’re both highly ranked teams, that’s all the better. According to our stat system, which goes back to the early 2000s, No. 2 O’Connell and No. 3 Stone Bridge (which opened in 2000) have never met in softball. The unbeaten teams will play at 6:30 p.m. at Stone Bridge.

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