Jefferson LB Tyler Henry Draws Gopher Attention

Tyler Henry, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker from Bloomington (MN) Jefferson, had an outstanding senior season as he was named second-team All-State by the Associated Press and third-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has been offered scholarships by most of the Division II schools in the area and visited North Dakota State this weekend. Henry has received interest from the Gophers as a possible walk-on candidate.

Tyler Henry helped lead the Jaguars to 8-2 mark. They finished the regular season 7-1, losing to Eden Prairie, the Lake Conference champions. The Jaguars defeated Burnsville in the first round of the Section II playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Minnetonka in the second round of the playoffs. Henry led the team in tackles with 73 and had three sacks and one interception.

Henry visited Minnesota-Duluth Dec. 4 and North Dakota Dec. 18. He visited North Dakota State this weekend, traveling to Fargo after his basketball game versus Chaska. Henry scored one point as Jefferson defeated Chaska 46-32. Henry is the team's starting power forward and is averaging 3.7 points per game this season as Jefferson is 5-6.

Henry also plays on the tennis team and is a three-year letter winner in doubles.

Henry is an excellent student with a 3.9 GPA and a 1290 ACT score. His father, who is friends with Minnesota Viking scout Paul Wiggin, sent tape to Stanford recently. Wiggin was the Stanford head coach from 1980-83.

Henry said that Minnesota-Mankato wants him to visit and would likely offer him, if he tours the campus.

Henry said that Gopher assistant Gordy Shaw has called him and talked to Jefferson head coach Jon Leverenz, a former Gopher, about him walking on.

Henry said that he is still undecided about where he will be playing next season. He has not offically visited the Minnesota campus, but has been there several times, including attending the Minnesota-Iowa game.

Henry said that the teams are looking at him as an inside linebacker. He runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and bench presses 300 pounds.

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