While he's destined to play cornerback in college, Leesville (La.) High star Bernardo Henry has been getting familiar with his new quarterback spot the first two weeks of prep practice.
That's after playing wing back, tailback and wideout last season on offense.
"It certainly is a different role for me this season, but one I am embracing and just trying to do the best for my team," Henry said. "I have tried to be a leader and also spend a lot of extra time building up the strength in my arm. I know I can run, but I want to be a threat in the passing game as well."
Henry (5-10, 180, 4.35), also a track star who was one of the more impressive prospects at Arkansas' football camp in June, has an offer from Louisiana-Monroe that came recently.
He is also getting interest from Arkansas, Tulane, LSU, Auburn and Oklahoma State.
"Most of those schools have said they want to see me play this season and get some film and then they''ll evaluate on an offer," Henry said. "I hope everyone likes what they see."
Henry is firm about who his favorite is right now.
"It's Arkansas," Henry said. "They are still my number one. If they were to go ahead and offer I would really have to find a good reason not to go ahead and commit because that is what I would think I would do right away. I really like their coaches, the facilities and just the whole atmosphere up there."
He qualified for the Junior Olympic Trials in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, but chose not to participate and instead compete in the last week of conditioning for football.
"I just feel like I want to be a leader, especially since I am the quarterback now and I wanted to show everyone how committed I am to the team and not just myself," Henry said. "I've got all next summer to make a bigger name for myself in track."
Henry has plans to compete in both sports in college and obviously Arkansas' track program - the undisputed top one on the nation - has a big allure.
"Obviously that is a big pull for me," Henry said. "They have the best track program in the country and one of the best football ones. I just think that is a great situation for me."
Henry has kept in contact with Arkansas assistants Clifton Ealy - who is recruiting the state - and Bobby Allen - who would be his position coach - since camp.
"They've told me they are really high on me and they are going to come down and watch me play and will be recruiting me hard," Henry said. "I hope it works out and I get to be a Razorback."
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