Metter High School
6-2, 170 lbs, Senior
4.37 seconds in the 40
Wide receiver Octavian Henderson of Metter will be the favorite target of
quarterback Zack Stanford.
Henderson is a speed merchant (4.37 in the 40) who says his favorite pass pattern is T-D, “I like running for a touchdown,” says Henderson. That sounds like a receiver at heart, one who’s not playing to the crowd but for his team, “It’s just the moment of the game. I just enjoy burning people, I guess.”
This will be a whole new experience for the Tigers. They enjoyed a lot of success, going to the state semi-finals at the Georgia Dome each of the last two seasons. But, Coach Robby Robinson left late in the school year for to take the job at Fitzgerald, “It’s been kind of hard,” says Henderson. “We've been used to one coach, but we'll get it together sooner or later.”
Henderson likes what he sees so far with Coach Shane Dular, who was the offensive coordinator at Bradwell Institute before moving to Metter. “He knows what he’s doing on offense,” says Henderson. “It’s pretty much like the last (offense), so I pretty much like it,” he said with a smile.
Not only is the offense to Henderson’s liking, but he and Stanford work well together, “I just like to know Zack is the quarterback. He has a lot of confidence in me and I have confidence my quarterback can get me the ball and I'll do whatever I can when I get it,” says Henderson. “I know we'll probably take a lot of passes across the middle,” he says, “but I know if I can get the ball that I can get away from the defender. I just got to do what I got to do to get the job done.”
Henderson likes to look to his future in Athens, “My childhood dream it to play at Georgia,” says Henderson. “People say I remind them of Fred Gibson. That’s a pretty good compliment.” Indeed it is and if he gets his chance to play for the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium, the comparison may become even more vivid.