FARGO — North Dakota State landed a recruit who played his high school football near Frisco, Texas, the home of the NCAA Division I FCS championship game.
Plano East wide receiver Braylon Henderson verbally committed to the Bison on Friday afternoon, announcing his decision via Twitter. Plano is about a 20-minute drive from Frisco.
"I didn't know too much about the program other than Carson Wentz went there," Henderson said. "They put people in the league (NFL) and they also win a lot and they have a really good winning tradition."
The Bison have won seven of the past eight FCS national championship games with all those title victories coming in Frisco. NDSU has a 112-8 record over the past eight seasons.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Henderson said he first started receiving interest from NDSU a couple weeks ago. He made a campus visit this past weekend. Henderson said after he went on that visit, that's when he knew NDSU was the place for him.
"The city was great to me and the people on campus were great to me," Henderson said.
Henderson had 56 receptions for 852 yards and six touchdowns last season for Plano East, which plays Class 6A football in Texas, the largest classification in the state. The Panthers posted an 8-3 record last fall.
"I'm an all-around guy, I can get open, I run good routes and I can beat you deep with speed. " Henderson said.
Henderson said he had also received an offer from Howard University and garnered interest from Central Arkansas.
Henderson is the third wide receiver in this Bison recruiting class. NDSU signed Dickinson Trinity's Kaden Kuntz and Port Washington (Wis.) receiver Jacob Lippe during the Division I early-signing period in December.
Henderson can sign with NDSU on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the start of the regular signing period. Henderson said his official 40-yard dash time is 4.50 seconds.
"They expect me to come in, compete and work hard and maybe have a chance to play," said Henderson, who also expects to contribute on special teams.