Southlake Carroll (TX) offensive lineman Henry Kline has a handful of options with more schools considering joining the mix.

Mississippi State is looking to close out the 2017 signing class in style. With a solid group of players already committed, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff are looking to finalize the big Maroon picture with the best available options. A relatively new name on the Bulldog radar is Lone Star State standout Henry Klinge.

A strong senior campaign has led to some college options for Henry Klinge III. The 6-5, 290 pounder reports that the pace of his college recruitment has quickened since his senior film has made the rounds.

"I have offers from Army, Bowling Green, North Texas and Baylor," Klinge said. "I am hearing from a lot of other schools that haven't offered me yet. Schools like Texas, TCU, Houston, Arizona State and a few others."

Mississippi State is a program that looks to be doing their due diligence as they finalize their recruiting board for the home stretch. It turns out that Klinge has some connections to the Magnolia State.

"I have a lot of friends in Jackson (MS) who really want me to go there," Klinge said of Mississippi State. "I got to know a lot of people when I went to summer camps and a lot of them were from Jackson. They all hope that I get an offer and go to school up there."

Another program has some ties to Klinge and his family that run a little deeper than summer camps. The talented offensive tackle grew up in a military family complete with a parental unit that made in the early stages of their military training.

"My parents met their first year at West Point," Klinge explained. "They sort of dated off and on and then they both wound up stationed on the same base at Ft. Bragg. They started dating again and then ended up getting married. 

"I am happy to have the offer from Army, but I am looking at them just like all of the other schools. I have to make the best decision for me and my future."

As it stands now, Klinge has an official visit set up to Baylor the weekend of January 20th. Other programs are talking with him about possibly taking a trip to see them, but no firm plans outside of Baylor at this point.

Klinge projects as an offensive tackle, but reports that he is simply being recruited as an offensive lineman. He is willing to play as needed and is not be locked in to one spot on the offensive blocking unit. 

With just under a month to go, Klinge is doing his best to keep an open mind about his college recruitment and is still open to any late possibilities.

"I don't really have a time frame set for a decision," Klinge said. "I am just not sure yet. I feel like I will know when it's the right time, but I haven't just set a date for my decision. I just want to see what my options are and then make a commitment.

"I am just looking for a great place where it feels like family and I can get a great education. I want to go somewhere that I feel like I can have a great relationship with all of the coaches."

The Dragons of Southlake Carroll are one of the top high school programs nationally. Klinge and his teammates recorded a 10-2 record in 2016. Their season came to an end in the second round of the Texas State playoffs.

Gene's Page Top Stories