Juan Henry, Jr. knows he is a priority Colorado State recruiting target. In fact, CSU's staff made that quite clear to him on his unofficial visit to Fort Collins for a CSU Junior Day on Saturday.
"Colorado is beautiful. The whole coaching staff showed love. They were actually trying to get me to commit the whole time," Henry, Jr. said. "I loved it."
The Cibolo (Tex.) Steele standout defender had the opportunity to tour CSU's campus, see the new on-campus football stadium and try on jerseys in CSU's indoor practice facility. Coaches rarely left his side.
The attention he received from coaches and personnel highlighted his experience.
"Just the love that the coaches showed, you know. They were following me the whole time, talking to me about Colorado. The campus was beautiful; that stood out a lot to me. They were talking about probably my freshman year and the type of schemes they would have me in. That stood out a lot."
Henry, Jr. watched CSU's third scrimmage of the spring, too. The offense got the better of the defense, but Henry, Jr. was impressed by CSU's defensive front, especially the play of Kiel Robinson.
CSU's staff envisions Henry, Jr. playing the same position as Robinson - the standup rush linebacker role.
"They said they loved my game and the stuff I did, and up there I'd be playing linebacker instead of defensive end," Henry, Jr. said.
CSU was first to reach out to Henry, Jr. with an offer in early March. Air Force became his second offer this weekend while he was in Colorado Springs touring the Air Force Academy. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder also visited Northern Colorado during his time in the Centennial State over the weekend.
The Rams' new on-campus stadium was once again a hit with recruits for their Junior Day event. Henry, Jr. was blown away by the new state of the art facility.
"It was honestly great, looking at the new stadium. I want to be a part of it someday. It was a great feeling being at the new stadium."
Henry, Jr. has no plans to attend camps this spring, but might visit Texas Tech. He believes The Red Raiders or Arkansas could be on the verge of becoming the next to offer.
For now, the aggressive linebacker has a clear recruiting favorite.
"They're very high," he said of CSU. "So far, they're my number one, I'm not even going to lie to you. Honestly, I don't even see anything beating it, for now. For now, they're my number one."
With so much mutual interest, was there any temptation to commit?
"Not at this time, but hopefully later on in the future. It depends on if things go well. If Colorado State and Air Force are my only offers, then yeah."
He admitted he will wait out the process to see if any other offers come in. Henry, Jr. is already thinking of returning to Fort Collins for an official visit this fall.
CSU, he said, is already recruiting him extremely well. He could only think of one factor that may seal the deal in a possible CSU commitment.
"I mostly want to be in the film room to see exactly what I'll be doing and stuff, for me to actually commit. I think that's really about it."
Henry, Jr. was a first team all-district selection in 2016, helping Steele to a Texas class 6A runner-up finish.