Video: PA Standout Hunter Henry Follows His Dad's Footsteps To Arkansas

by Otis Kirk  on Friday, Jul. 20, 2012 9:14 am  

Hunter Henry felt most at home with Arkansas during the recruitng process and made it official by announcing his choice Thursday. (Photo by Trent Ogle)

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Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry will sign with the University of Arkansas and play his college football at the same school his father played.

Henry, 6 foot 6, 245 pounds, committed to Arkansas on Thursday afternoon at a press conference at his school's gymnasium. Henry, who had over 20 scholarship offers, chose Arkansas over a list of finalists that included defending national champion Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

“Just praying about it and just all the relationships I've been over the past two years or so that I've had,” Henry said when asked how he came to the decision to attend Arkansas.

Henry took a visit to Arkansas recently, but chose to do it without any fanfare or media specuation on what the trip meant.

“I kind of revisited a couple of weeks ago,” Henry said. “I kind of kept it quiet and kind of went over there privately. I had some questions that I wanted answered and I got those answered.

“To me, Arkansas really was it's about the program to me. It's not really about the coaching staff; it's always felt like home to me. Throughout the process I kind of wanted to look everywhere to make sure it was the right place for me.”

Henry is rated a 94 by 247Sports which makes him a 4-star recruit. Henry also is rated the No. 111 player in nation regardless of position, the No. 5 tight end and No. 2 player in Arkansas. The visits sealed the deal for Henry.

“Now, I just know it's the right place for me,” Henry said. “I just had some questions about the tight end position, just the depth chart there and different things that were going on there ... and with the coaching staff situation, I kind of had to solidify everything with them.”

Arkansas has featured the tight end position in the passing game extensively since installing the Pro-Style offense four years ago. D.J. Williams won the Mackey Award for best college tight end and is now with the Green Bay Packers and senior Chris Gragg has been nominated for that award this year.

“I've gotten tight up with some tight ends up there, Austin Tate and Chris Gragg, and kind of got to know them,” Henry said. “I just really like the people up there and how they handle themselves.”

Arkansas fans statewide and across the nation celebrated when Henry said the words that he was going to be a Razorback, but maybe no one was happier than his father. Mark Henry redshirted at Arkansas in 1987 and then was a four-year letterman from 1988-91.



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