Enter Mikey Henson, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound wide receiver from perennial Kansas Class 5A power Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, KS. The junior will make his first unofficial visit this weekend, trekking to Fayetteville for the Hogs matchup with Rutgers.
Asked about what he's looking for in a prospective program, Henson admits he's new to the recruiting process.
"I really haven't thought about it that much," Henson said, the excitement building in his voice. "I want to see a lot of schools, and, based on academics, see what I like. I really don't know at this point."
"That might change a year or a half-a-year from now."
Henson broke into the lineup as a sophomore at Blue Valley, a rarity for coach Eric Driskell's program.
"For a while during the year, I played only four or five series a game," he said. "As the season went on, it got to every other series."
After logging 8 catches as a sophomore, Henson has caught 12 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games of 2012. Those numbers that have spurred him to work harder every day in practice.
"It's really inspiring," he said. "Between my freshman and sophomore year, I was doing the best I could just to get on the field. As the summer went on, I realized I was in position to get a lot of reps."
"You know that if you are playing quite a bit as a sophomore at Blue Valley that you have a chance to move on to the next level."
Henson is quick to tell you that he loves doing the dirty work in the Tigers running game. "Honestly, I love blocking," he said. "Those corners don't expect you to come out and hit ‘em."
"Just knowing one block by a wide receiver could be enough to spring a run for a touchdown," he said, trailing off. "That's the number one thing I love as a wide receiver."
A very spiritual person, Henson's motivations are intertwined with his faith.
"If someone were to ask me what I play for, that's God," he explained emphatically. "I look up to Tim Tebow. He's not what a normal QB would be in the NFL, and I believe God has made that work for him."
With Saturday's visit to SEC country kicking off his recruitment, Henson plans to take his time with the process.
"I'm just going to let it come to me and keep playing hard," he said. "I just want to keep playing football and excel at any level."