Henderson changes mind, going to Univ. of Montana

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



Ellis Henderson has had another change of heart and now expects to play football for the University of Montana.

Henderson, a 2011 graduate from Skyview High School, signed last year with Hawaii. After a gray-shirt season, he opted to leave Hawaii and look elsewhere for his college plans.

Earlier this month, he reported to The Columbian that he had intended to sign with Portland State.

Now, he is going to another Big Sky Conference program.

“I wanted to make sure I explored every option possible,” Henderson said.

He had arranged a visit to Montana prior to telling Portland State he would sign with the Vikings.

“I was 99.99 percent sure I wanted to go to Portland State. At the same time, I wanted to make sure I checked out Montana,” he explained.

After the visit, he promised himself to sleep on the decision.

“It’s just best for me football-wise, and academically, it’s the best fit,” said Henderson, who is interested in studying communications and human health and performance.

Henderson said he was planning to fly back to Missoula, Mont., on Tuesday to enroll this week. He expects to be able to compete for playing time for this fall’s season.