Cincinnati Bearcats football gets WR Xzavier Henderson from Florida

His name is Xzavier Henderson, he’s from Miami, went to high school at Columbus, and is coming to Cincinnati to play for the Bearcats. Henderson had been listing UC on his Instagram bio and on Friday sent a video on his account from the Cincinnati training room that read, “Today, I woke up a Bearcat”.

Florida transfer receiver announced his intentions to play for the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday via an Instagram story.

Henderson is a 6-foot-3-inch wide receiver who has played with the Florida Gators for the past three seasons. He entered the transfer portal April 22 after starting 11 games for Florida last season. He had 38 catches last season with a couple of touchdowns and over three seasons snared 73 balls for 835 yards and five scores. Included in that was a five-catch, 110-yard effort against national champion Georgia last season. The touchdown was a feature play for Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, the first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the recent NFL draft.

Henderson is a four-star recruit according to and his ranking of .9700 is higher than anyone on last year’s Bearcat roster.

More to know about Henderson

  • He is from Miami, as in Florida. His high school was Columbus, as in Christopher Columbus High, a private Miami school.
  • He was recently ranked No. 7 by CBS among the top uncommitted players in the transfer portal.
Then-Florida Gators wide receiver Xzavier Henderson (3) catches a punt during the second half at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Thursday, April 13. Henderson is transferring to Cincinnati.

What does it mean?

Immediately, UC gains an experienced receiver with a notable resume, similar to Donovan Ollie who transferred to UC from Washington State and Dee Wiggins who previously played for the Miami Hurricanes and Louisville before joining the Bearcats. Henderson, like Wiggins, is a south Floridian.

He also has ties to another pair of Bearcats who played with him at Florida. Defensive back Jordan Young was a Henderson teammate the past two seasons in Gainesville.