Waiting To Hear

Arkansas tight end commit Hunter Henry talks about the Razorback head coaching search, his possible visits and the end of Pulaski Academy's season.

As with most Arkansas football fans, Hunter Henry is waiting to see who becomes the new Razorback head football coach.

The difference in him and others is the fact that Henry (6-6, 240) is the nation's top-ranked tight end, a commit to the school and someone who could directly determine how much success Arkansas has on the field in the next few years.

"I'm like everybody else in I am just waiting to see who we hire and see what type of leadership he is going to bring to the program,'' Henry said. "I am sure we are going to hire a great football coach because Arkansas is a big-time football program that just took a step back because of al the turmoil this season and the adversity that came with it."

Henry, who caught 107 passes for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. saw his high school career come to an end last Friday night in a 41-20 loss to Batesville.

Unlike most teams that can't deal with the Bruins' unorthodox style, the Pioneers recovered every onside kick and also took advantage of Pulaski Academy's philosophy of n ever punting and scored four times on short fields.

"I have to give Batesville a lot of credit for playing a great game and not making mistakes," Henry said. "We had a good year, but we set a high standard of winning state championships at PA and so to not win one this yea is a disappointment."

Henry chose Arkansas over Georgia, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Oklahoma after collecting some 30 offers.

He recently took an official visit to Alabama and could take more if he has concerns about the new Arkansas hire.

"I'm hoping we hire a great head coach that s going to take us forward, who uses the tight end a lot and wants me to be a big part of the offense," Henry said. "I definitely want to play at Arkansas and I am still very much committed, but I thought I needed to just cover my bases with everything that went on at Arkansas and how there may be a completely new staff.

"I had a great visit to Alabama and it is a great program that has obviously ha a lot of success," Henry said. "I may also take a couple of visits in January if I think I need to do so. But right now I a just abut seeing who the next head coach at Arkansas is, if he is keeping any of the current staff and just how is looking to go forward."

Henry has heard all the rumors about coaches, but has tried to tune it out.

"The things people come up with are amazing, but it's just a lot of noise that you just have to push to the side," Henry said. "The rumor about them letting the recruits know is not true. We are just waiting to see just like everybody else."

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