NFL dream soon could come true for Summerville's De'Angelo Henderson
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) —
You could say there's a little extra pep Summerville native De'Angelo “Hop” Henderson’s step right now.
A childhood dream could be days away from reality, as the former Green Wave and Coastal Carolina star hopes to hear his name called during the NFL draft this weekend.
Most projections have him firmly as a late round selection on day two of the draft Saturday, meaning a long road of hard work is about to pay off.
“Growing up, there was no doubt I was going to play in the league,” Henderson said. “I knew it since pee wee football.”
Climbing the rungs of the ladder, each step was tougher than the last for Henderson along his journey, starting long before he was a star in Summerville.
“I got overlooked,” Henderson said. “I'm not the tallest, I'm not the biggest, but I’ve got a lot of heart.”
The struggle continued as he chased his dream at Coastal Carolina, relentlessly running his own race.
“A lot of fire in my tank,” Henderson says. “I went through a grayshirt process, redshirt process -- two years of football, that fire building. When my time came, I took advantage of it.”
He certainly did, scoring touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. He had an NCAA record 35 straight games with a score.
Henderson had turned the corner, finally breaking free, and his next destination was clear: the NFL.
“They ask me to go get a ball, I go get a ball,” Henderson says. “Go tackle somebody? I'll tackle them. Hit the A-gap? Whatever I have to do. Pay attention to detail, do the small things right, then the big things will come.”
Big, as in an an NFL contract. Henderson says he’s fully expecting to be drafted by the end of the day Saturday. If that happens?
“It’ll be a dream come true,” Henderson says. “I’m probably going to be in tears, probably going to run around the house. I'm going to be very excited. Very excited.”