Henry will take it slow

Jd Henry is likely to be one of the most highly sought after prospects in Colorado in the 2011 recruiting cycle. The big tight end from Chaparral High School in Parker spent some time talking with us about his offseason, his thoughts on the Buffs and his plan for handling the process. Get inside for more.

Jd Henry (the initials are short for Jondavid) has a family connection to Colorado. His older brother graduated from the Boulder campus in 2008, but was not a student-athlete.

"I've been there a hundred times," Henry said.

That familiarity might have other recruits more excited about the Buffs than Henry is at this point. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect is not ruling Colorado out as a possible college choice, but he's hoping to see improvement on the field in Boulder this fall to keep the Buffs in serious contention for his services.

"I love the program. I love everything about Boulder, but with the coaching staff they have right now, I just don't see them going anywhere," he said. "That's my only problem with CU."

Henry said he has met coach Dan Hawkins on several occasions and also has talked with tight ends coach Kent Riddle. He said he respects both men and is keeping an open mind about the Buffs and plans to attend spring junior day this weekend.

Henry also has been invited to visit Kansas and Illinois this spring. He doesn't have a scholarship offer yet but is consistently hearing from Colorado, UCLA, Illinois and Kansas early in the recruiting process. Henry said Montana has told him he is its No. 1 receiving target in this recruiting cycle.

"I'm open to whatever," he said. "Whatever they want me at, I'll play.

"I definitely think I can be a tight end because I still have a lot of weight to gain. I think I can get there with some college help."

Henry finished his junior season with 21 receptions for more than 300 yards and a touchdown, playing in an offense with a lot of other talent around him.

"I hope to get all-state this year," he said. "That's my biggest goal."

Henry is participating in track this spring. He runs the 4x100 and 4x200 relays and is throwing the discus for the first time after being recruited to do so by his school's track coach.

While Henry will likely play tight end at the college level, he possesses sprinter's speed, having clocked a 10.8-second 100 meters.

Henry said he plans to take recruiting slow and find the best possible school and football program for him. He said he plans to use all or most of his visits and might wait until signing day next February to make a decision.

"I'd like to see how many offers I get from how many different schools and think about all the background on all the schools before I make a decision," he said.

Henry said he has no preference when it comes to staying in-state or moving across the country. He said his parents have told him they plan to move wherever he goes to school so they can watch him play during his college career.

Henry said he wants to study sports medicine in college. He said he hopes to be an athletic trainer or physical therapist after his football career ends. He carries a 3.1 GPA and should have no problem qualifying for most schools.

Henry said he is undecided on what camps he will attend this summer.

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