Henry Orelus is one of the top linemen in Florida for 2009, as he is the top player at his position in south Florida this year. Henry doesn't really say much off the field, but on it he lets his play do the talking. In late July Orelus decided to switch his commitment from LSU to Florida State after a great camp visit. So far his senior year is off to a good start as his Glades Central team is 2-0. He told NoleDigest his hard work this off-season is paying off.
"Our season is going pretty good," said Orelus. "We're 2-0. We've been playing good and working really hard. This off-season I worked hard on becoming quick off the ball and fixing my technique. I've also been trying to improve my power and becoming more quick and fast. I think it's paid off because I feel I'm helping my team a lot. This year I am only playing on the offensive side of the ball so I can focus on getting better. When we make the playoffs I will probably play both ways to help our team win."
Henry's change in commitment came out of the blue to many people, but Florida State was a school that Orelus was serious in considering. When the visit was over he knew where he wanted to go to college.
"I'm very firm to FSU," explained Orelus about his commitment. "I felt that it was the best decision for me to make. LSU wasn't the right fit for me while FSU was. Even if LSU was a good fit I knew that after the visit I wanted to go to FSU. Once I got the chance to see it….it was where I wanted to be."
Working with offensive line coach Rick Trickett was a major selling point for Henry, and it was a major reason for the switch.
"Coach Trickett is the main reason why I made the switch," said Orelus, "and I have been staying in contact with him since. He thinks I am a good athlete who can come in right away and play, and that I can be a good asset to the team. He wants me to get up there as early as I can. I've been planning on enrolling early so we have talked about that already."
When Henry committed he told NoleDigest that he was planning on enrolling early to FSU. As it stands right now he is on pace to make that happen. He needs to finish off two core classes this semester, and then he'll be good to go.
"It looks good on me graduating early," stated Orelus. "I've worked hard so now I just need to finish the second semester of English 4 and my Government class. Coming in this year I was ahead with credits so I knew I could do it. My family is happy for me and they support this decision."
Orelus has some goals that he wants to achieve before he gets to FSU in the spring. Among them is winning states and coming out on top in the Muck Bowl.
"My goals this year are to stay healthy, go undefeated and win states, and win the Muck Bowl. I haven't won that one yet so that's big for us. Pahokee is going to bring their "A" game so we'll have to be ready."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Henry's senior season, as well as the rest of the recruits for the 2009 recruiting class.