Signee Spotlight 2010: Henry Josey

We continue our spotlights of the Missouri Tigers 2010 football class with Henry Josey

TB HENRY JOSEY  5'10"  180  4.4  Angleton (TX)
(Last name is pronounced JOE-see)

Josey is a very fluid athlete who starred as a running back and in a number of roles on defense for his high school program.  As a running back, he is known for his speed and ability to hit holes hard to get into the secondary quickly.  Josey was an all-district running back each of his last two seasons, while also earning all-district honors as a defensive back as a senior.  On offense in 2009, Josey ran for 1,369 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding a pair of receiving scores as well.  He preceded that with a junior season that included 1,267 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.  Prior to that, he was an all-district linebacker as a sophomore, when he recorded 67 tackles.  Josey also starred in track and basketball for his school, as he was part of a 4x400 relay state champion team in 2008, and was also a state qualifier in track in 2007.

  His high school coach is Finis Vanover.  His grandparents are Thomas and Eula Josey.   He's interested in
studying in MU's esteemed School of Business, and lists his hobbies as fishing and relaxing.  Josey chose Mizzou over TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Purdue, and Baylor, among others.


Coach Vanover had this to say about Josey.  "He's one of the best I've ever coached anywhere in thirty-three years I've coached in Texas.   I've had ninety-six kids sign scholarships to play ball and further their education.  Henry's right up in the top with the very best.  Character, class, intelligence............ 10.3 sprinter, gold-medal winner in the 4 X 100 state meet, all-star basketball player.  Incredible running back, defensive back, kick returner.  He can do it all.  Hands, speed, feet, leadership.  He's got it all.  You all got a great, great steal when you got him."

Missouri Assistant Coach Craig Kuligowski was the lead recruiter on Josey, and has this to say about him.  "He's one of the fastest kids in the state of Texas.............. He played offense, defense, and kick-off returner. He's just a very special athletic kid, a great kid.  We're real excited about him as a TB.  He averaged about 10 yards/carry this  year............. Any time you can get speed like that on the field in a number of different ways, it's always a good thing."



JP: Josey is just raw speed and athleticism whose best football is still ahead of him.I think he has only scratched the surface, and once he learns how to harness his speed and athleticism and use it better for football purposes, the sky is the limit. He easily comes in as the Tigers fastest back and could provide a quick strike running threat Mizzou does not currently have.

Greg: I've seen Josey on film a couple of times, and have come away each time very, very impressed.  Just, wow!  He has tremendous speed and acceleration, and just blows up pursuit angles all over the field.  


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