Ira Henry didn't expect to have four Division I scholarship offers prior to end of his sophomore year of high school.
"They've been amazing," Henry told Illini Inquirer. "I didn't know I was good enough already, good enough to play college football already."
Henry certainly has power-five size. The St. Louis Trinity Catholic class of 2019 offensive lineman checks in at 6-foot-5, 330 pounds.
He also has a good example from whom to learn: former Trinity teammate Larry Boyd.
With Boyd getting ready to head to Champaign, Henry will take a larger role on the offensive line of a loaded Trinity Catholic team.
"I got more responsibility," Henry said. "Larry really did help me with my kick steps a lot."
With four scholarships in hand -- Illinois, Iowa State, Syracuse and Bowling Green -- Henry also is taking advice from Boyd on how to handle his growing recruitment.
"Like he said, it don't matter if it's your first or last school (to offer)," Henry said. "It's the school that pays you most attention. It don't matter if they're good, if they're a winning team or losing team, go somewhere that fits you."
Of course, Boyd also is pushing for Illinois -- whom Henry said is recruiting him hardest.
"(Boyd) said I should come down there with him," Henry said. "It's a good school. Every school is good. I just want to see at the end, by Signing Day (2019), who stuck with me the most."
Illinois also is giving Henry advice on how to take his game to the next level.
"They basically tell me I need to squat more and get better in my hips," Henry said. "A lot of schools have been telling me that. They say I'm not low enough, that I can beat the person in front of me because they're smaller than me."
What's Henry looking for in a college program?
"A good business school, a team that I can play for and start as a freshman," Henry said. "I know I'm going to have to work at the same time."