Elite QB High on UM

When West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson standout quarterback Chad Henne began playing football at the age of six, he had his heart set on being a running back. However, that all changed one a single play during his eighth grade year.

"We were playing in a game in eighth grade," Henne said. "I was playing running back and we ran this pitch pass where I got to throw the ball. I made this 40-yard touchdown pass that I guess looked pretty good. My coach saw my arm strength on that play and came to me talking about playing quarterback. He asked me to throw some. I did and I really liked it. He converted me to quarterback and I've loved it ever since."

Henne, who will be entering into his fourth season as a starting quarterback, has thrown the ball exceptionally well ever since being converted to playing under center.

With the state record for passing yards of 7,447 within striking distance, Henne is excited about this season.

"I'm 2,000-some yards short right now so I'm hoping I can break the state record this season," he said. "We only have three guys back on offense but we've been working hard together this summer. We're doing a lot of 7 on 7 stuff now."

In fact, Henne and his teammates work out three days a week together. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week the team gathers at 8 am to begin workouts that include lifting, conditioning, and running plays.

Henne, at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, has only been able to fit two camps into his schedule this spring/summer.

"I went to the NIKE Camp at Penn State but didn't go through all the drills," he said. "I just went for the throwing stuff at the end. I also went to a camp up in Syracuse last weekend. A lot of the top quarterback coaches in the country were there -- Miami, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, there were a bunch of them."

Henne, who also competes in track (100, 4x1, and shot put) and basketball, recently named the five finalists in his recruiting process.

"My final five are Miami, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, and Penn State," he said. "All five have already offered me a scholarship."

The talented quarterback talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I talked to Coach Werner and Coker," he said. "Werner said they've only offered one other quarterback in the whole country besides me. He said I'm one of the guys they want and they're really looking forward to me coming down there."

Speaking of that visit, Henne has it planned for the first three days of August.

"I can't wait," he said. "I even turned down a chance to go to the Elite 11 Camp to visit Miami. I'm going to see the campus, meet the players, tour the area, talk with some players, and just get a general feel for what it's like."

Henne said none of the five schools have the upperhand right now.

"They're all even," he said. "Distance isn't going to be a factor in my decision. I'll go where I feel most comfortable. I'm going to be looking at the depth charts and things like that."

Henne said he's already spent time reviewing the depth charts at all five programs. He talked about what he saw when he looked at Miami's.

"I like what I see there," he said. "They just signed Kyle Wright last year but I'd love to compete with someone like that. No matter where you go, there will be competition. To have the chance to go and compete every day with someone like that would be great. The tradition is excellent there."

In addition to comparing depth charts, Henne said there will be a few other factors that will go into his decision-making process.

"From there I'm going to look at what kind of offense I'd be coming into," he said. "I like the wide open West Coast style of offense that lets you have a lot of opportunities to throw. Communication with the coaches will also be really important."

The talented signal-caller, plans on taking some unofficial visits over the next several weeks before making a final decision at the end of summer.

"I'm planning on having my decision made before the start of our season," he said.

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