Caleb Henderson, one of the area’s top sophomore quarterbacks, and his brother Jon Henderson, a junior linebacker, have transferred to Lake Braddock from West Potomac, according to their father, former West Potomac Coach Eric Henderson.
The Hendersons decided to make the switch after West Potomac released Eric Henderson from his duties as the Wolverines’ head football coach on March 7. The move generated a backlash and protest from some parents in the West Potomac community, and Eric Henderson said last month he believed it was best to remove Caleb and Jon from the Alexandria school. The pair began classes at Lake Braddock last Tuesday afternoon.
“They are both excited,” Eric Henderson wrote in a text message.
Caleb Henderson, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore, has drawn heavy recruiting interest from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina. After taking over as starter during last season, Henderson passed for 2,403 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions, leading the Wolverines to the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 6 semifinals, where they lost to then-undefeated Westfield, 42-34.
Last month, both Eric and Caleb Henderson said the family’s intention was to have the brothers transfer to Lake Braddock, the Burke school that produced 2010 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Michael Nebrich, who set a Virginia single-season record with 4,968 all-purpose yards. Nebrich plays for Connecticut.
“It’s my dad’s decision, it’s a great school,” Caleb Henderson wrote in a text message on March 19. “And I want to win states.”
Eric Henderson taught at Lake Braddock from 2002 to 2004 and also was high school teammates for one year with Bruins Coach Jim Poythress at Fort Hunt High in Alexandria.
“Jim Poythress is a great coach, they’ve been tremendously successful, they work hard and they have good kids over there, I know that firsthand, I taught them,” Eric Henderson said in March. “At the end of the day it was about where both boys fit, where both boys feel welcome and where they can just concentrate on being 16 or 17 year old boys and not have to defend their father. That’s a burden I don’t think they need.”