Now that he has made taken unofficial visits to all six of his college finalists, Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry can get back to being a normal teen age kid.
Well, it's as normal as the state's top high school football player can have.
Henry (6-6, 235) has over 20 offers and recently narrowed those down to Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Stanford, where he visited this past weekend.
"Look, I would much rather have had all this attention than not — don't get me wrong on that," Henry said. "But it was indeed something that did get kind of overwhelming. I kind of got used to all the coaches calling at a certain time, but then there is all the media from all the schools calling all the time and it just seemed like I was constantly on the phone."
Cutting his list down to the final six schools has helped alleviate some of that.
"That was really a part of wanting to get my list cut down and just be talking to a certain amount of coaches and media," Henry said. "After all I am just a junior in high school and I want to have some fun like the other high school kids do. This has helped a great deal."
There was a constant theme in the six finalists.
"First and foremost it is about education and I know I can get a great education at any of the schools that are left on my list," Henry said. "Also I really like all the coaches at the schools and feel like they are all places I would be comfortable at during the next four to five years."
Henry, who led his team to the state title this past season, has now visited all six of those schools unofficially.
"I can't even begin to tell you how blessed I feel about what has happened to me," Henry said. "I was just hoping to have one school that might think I was good enough to play college football. To have as many options as I have been given — it's just amazing.
"God truly has blessed me beyond belief and I give all the glory to Him," Henry said. "None of this would be happening without Him."
He plans to take a few visits this summer.
"I am going to go back and see Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama and maybe Vanderbilt, too," Henry said.
Henry, the son of former Arkansas offensive lineman Mark Henry (1988-91) and also a very good basketball player, is coming off a junior season in which he caught 64 passes for 1,093 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Henry says he is constantly working to get better.
"I think I have been blessed with a great work ethic and have had great people around me who have helped me develop," Henry said. "I remember when we moved here from Atlanta before the ninth grade, I wanted to show people I could play football and I never wanted to spend a day where I wasn't doing something to get better."
Henry had thought at one time about having the process over this summer, but now has tapped the brakes on that.
"I have said both things — that I wanted
to get it over and that I wanted to wait," Henry said. "But I am sure of it now. I am not going to graduate early, I am going to take my time and I am going to make sure."
Henry also admits the turmoil in the Arkansas coaching situation is also a factor.
"Yes, that is definitely playing into the situation as well," Henry said. "I really want to see what goes on there so I can make an informed choice. It is my home-state school and I love the Razorbacks."
Henry's lead Arkansas recruiter is Razorback recruiting coordinator Tim Horton. Horton was a teammate of his dad's for two seasons.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Horton and my dad and I just really love the kind of guy he is and what he stands for," Henry said. "He is definitely a plus in Arkansas' favor."
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