Academics a major decision for Henry

Chris Henry chose to play for Arizona because of three letters. Henry is not focused on N-F-L so much as he is on the F-B-I. Henry, a one time Cal commit, chose Arizona due in large part to the criminal justice department. Cat Tracks spoke to Henry about his decision to play for the Wildcats.

"I plan to major in Criminal Justice," said Chris Henry. "I'd like to join the FBI."

The Stockton, California native especially liked how Arizona's criminal justice department prepared students for the FBI.

"The criminal justice department is housed in the business school," Henry explained. "They put an emphasis on the business aspect which is good for getting into the FBI."

Henry has always been serious about academics and he originally committed to Cal in early September, but as the process continued he realized that Berkeley wasn't the place for him. In the end it was between Oregon State and the Wildcats. The Wildcats won out, due in large part to the academics at Arizona.

"Academically it surpassed other schools," Henry said about the UA. "A degree from there means a lot more than some other state schools."

Henry is a big back. At 6-1, 210 he has actually been hurt by his size. Henry is a teammate of highly rated running back Lynell Hamilton. Henry is actually faster than his higher rated teammate, but due to his size and blocking ability, he played fullback much of the year.

A lot of teams wanted Henry as a linebacker, but Arizona sees him as a runner and Henry agrees. He thinks that he has a better shot at the next level as a running back. Hamilton thinks he has a shot at the pros since the NFL puts a premium in big, quick backs.

Arizona already has one back that fits the big and fast mold. Senior-to-be Clarence Farmer took the time to visit with Henry this past weekend.

"I had a conversation with him," Henry said. "We talked for 15 or 20 minutes. He told me to come in, play hard and get ready to compete."

Henry actually can't wait to compete. He plans on coming to Tucson early and enrolling in summer school to get a jumpstart on preseason practice as well as academics.

"I expect a lot of competition," said Henry. "I can't wait to get out there. Being out there with college athletes makes you compete. I just know I can really compete with these guys. I thrive on competition. I see a guy do something and I want to do it better."

Henry will give Arizona a versatile back. He has the size to play full back and the breakaway speed to play half back. He even spent some time at wideout, so he's a good receiver as well. Add all of that to his blocking skills and you have the perfect back for the Wildcat offense.

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