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Early Signing Period 2020: 4-star H-back Michael Henderson signs with Oklahoma

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Lincoln Riley loves having a good H-back that he can line up anywhere on offense.

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A Lincoln Riley-led offense just wouldn’t make sense without its built-in secret weapon — the H-back. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate the signing of four-star ATH Michael Henderson as the latest addition in an ever-growing line of talented Swiss Army knives.

Coming out of Ranchview HS in Carrollton, Texas, Henderson boasts an impressive offer sheet, including college football brand names like Alabama, Georgia, Texas and many more. As a recruit, he’s been rated as the No. 37 player in the Lone Star State, the No. 9 athlete, and the No. 260 overall prospect.

Since Riley has been at OU, the ultimate weapon for any of his offenses has arguably been a dynamic H-back. Look no further than Dimitri Flowers, who in 2017 was practically unstoppable because Riley would routinely find spaces on the field for him to exploit. Using history as a predictor for the future, it’s hard not to get excited about Henderson’s potential. At 6’1.5” and 234 pounds with room to grow, he’s almost identical in stature to Flowers, and more importantly, the two are comparable from an athletic measurement. On film, Henderson shows well above average speed for a player his size, and that speed also comes with a helping of agility. If that’s not enough, he’s also highly experienced as a receiver, and knows how to use his hands properly in such situations. Overall, he’s someone that both the coaches and the fans should be thrilled to watch on Saturdays to come.

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