Tyler Henington admits to being preoccupied with wrestling for most of the winter. He hadn't given a lot of thought to football and his future until wrestling ended in mid-February.
Henington, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect, put a highlight tape together of his junior year in football at Mullen High School in Denver and delivered it to Colorado defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo at spring practice on a Sunday, March 13. Four days later, he learned a he had a scholarship offer from the Buffs and he decided to accept that offer this week.
"My dad had me being a Buff since I was 5," Henington said. "He had a hat on me for my entire life. So I decided. I prayed about it. I talked with all my coaches from Mullen and they said it's a great school and it would be great to go there. I talked with my parents, and they, of course, liked it being so close to home and they would get to come and see me play.
"It just seemed like the right fit. So I decided, if I'm going to go there, why not just commit early and get the recruiting process over with and just play ball next year and have a good time doing it."
Henington said he called to inform CU coaches and he spoke with Tuiasosopo and defensive coordinator Greg Brown and both were happy to hear the news. Henington said Brown is actually friends with his grandfather. So he has some familiarity there, along with his 2010 teammate Brady Daigh, who signed with CU last month.
Henington said he has no plans to visit other schools and make sure he is making the right decision. He said he truly believes in his choice and is happy to have it behind him.
While Colorado was the first and only school to offer him a scholarship, Henington said he was hearing from an assortment of BCS programs around the nation including Texas Tech, Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and USC.
Colorado recruited Henington to play defensive tackle. He has played nose guard most of his high school career in Mullen's 3-4 defense. He would occasionally moved to defensive end to rush the passer.
Henington's parents are graduates of Texas Tech. His grandfather once served as defensive coordinator at Colorado State, which brought the family to Colorado from Texas. Henington was born in Colorado and has always wanted to go to CU and wear the black, silver and gold.
He said he liked what he saw when he attended spring practice in Boulder earlier this month.
"I really like the way that coach Tui deals with everybody," Henington said. "He doesn't get out there and cuss out his players or anything, but he gets excited. He's a great coach and you can just tell he knows so much about the position and about the game.
"I really thought that was important with choosing CU. Coach Embree, I got to find out, is a real rah-rah guy and gets everybody fired up. I think that's going to be really great to have as a coach somebody who gets you really excited. Personally, I play probably better when I have a coach who is a rah-rah kind of guy like coach Embree was."
Henington said he has a 3.4 GPA and should be good to go academically as long as he continues to perform at that level through the final year of his high school career.