Colorado State handed out an offer to Lone Star State standout linebacker Juan Henry, Jr. earlier this month, becoming the first school to offer the 6-foot-1, 228-pound outside linebacker. The big defender earned first team all-district and all-area honors following his junior season, thanks to 66 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
Henry, Jr. received a phone call from Rams assistant Jamie Bryant March 3 informing him CSU was extending him an offer.
"I have a lot of interest in Colorado State," Henry, Jr. said. "It was a blessing from the Lord above to receive my first offer from them."
Junior Day visits have been a point of focus this spring for the Cibolo (Tex.) Steele hard-hitter. He has taken Junior Day visits to Houston, Texas and UTSA, and he will visit Fort Collins on April 8 for Colorado State's Junior Day.
The opportunity to visit the school that offered first is one Henry, Jr. is very much looking forward to. He admittedly does not know much about the CSU program.
"I'm mostly looking forward to meeting my coaches in person, finding out what kind of education system they have, then checking out Colorado State's campus," he said.
Bryant and George Helow have been Henry, Jr.'s primary points of contact from CSU. They have expressed their interest in getting him on campus, as well as their admiration for his abilities on film.
"Coach Helow called the day after I got offered and he was just telling me I'm no. 1 on their recruiting board, and that I'll be playing linebacker up there. He was just asking how excited I was for Junior Day April 8."
The way Henry, Jr. understands it, Bryant called him to offer him soon after watching his film.
Henry, Jr. is waiting to find out if he will garner more offers before detailing a commitment timeline of any kind. For now, he is taking as many visits as he can this offseason while trying to market his name to recruiters. CSU, though, is regarded highly by Henry, Jr. having offered first.
On his visits, Henry, Jr. is looking for overall comfort level and quality academics. Location, he said, will not factor into his decision.
"I'm mostly looking for a good Business program, because that's what I want to major in," Henry, Jr. said. "Any location is fine with me."
Henry, Jr. played a mix of defensive end and linebacker for Steele in 2016, helping the Knights to a 14-2 record. Steele finished second in the Texas 6A playoffs, losing a heartbreaker to DeSoto in the championship game, 38-29.