CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Days before North Carolina’s spring game, four-star 2018 prospect K.J. Henry tweeted, “Excited to check UNC out in their spring game this weekend (and to see the scrub Jalen Dalton lol).”
“It was 50-50,” the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder said before Sunday’s Nike Opening Regional. “Obviously, that’s a school that I’m interested in. But the fact that they have one of my friends there is another reason I’m going to go down there.
“It was good seeing him and watching the game.”
Like Dalton before him, Henry plays defensive end at Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth. The two have never been teammates, but are “good friends,” according to Henry.
Henry’s most recent Chapel Hill visit was expectedly dominated by UNC’s spring game.
“I liked the way they’re looking,” Henry said. “They looked like they’re going to have another good year this year. The defense looked good, and the offensive line and the offense are looking pretty tough. They should have a pretty good year this year.”
Before the spring game kicked off, Henry met individually with Tray Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach.
“That’s my man,” Henry said. “He told me just to stay in contact with him. We have a pretty good relationship and we want to keep that relationship and that’s what it always is. We talk about film and stuff like that, but at the end of the day we just want to keep communicating.”
Henry doesn’t just use Twitter to rib Dalton. Like many recruits, he also uses it to announce when he receives new offers. This month alone, he has sent out seven Power 5 offer tweets.
The recent additions of Alabama, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee have pushed Henry’s offer total to 20.
“It’s a blessing, honestly,” Henry said. “A lot of guys my age definitely don’t get this opportunity and I’m just trying to take advantage of it. Each day, talking to my coach and just figuring out what I can do better and better.”
Despite the plethora of offers, Henry has only visited UNC this offseason.
“With all these new offers, I’ll sit down with my dad and my mom to see, at least this year, where I’ll go visit over this summer,” Henry said. “And then we’ll save some from next year, because I have so much time.”
The lack of visits coupled with the constant flow of new offers has prevented Henry from identifying favorite schools.
“Being the fact that it’s so early – especially this past week with a lot of colleges offering me, I just see that people are still coming – I want to give everybody a chance,” Henry said.
After his junior season, Henry plans to gain a better grasp of his recruitment. He’ll drop schools he’s no longer interested in and attempt to render a top listing.
With a friend on roster and two visits the past seven months (he attended the Tar Heels’ victory over Wake Forest last October), UNC figures to be a force in Henry’s recruitment.
“It’s a great school,” Henry said. “I like the toughness and the family aspect they have at North Carolina. Coach [Larry] Fedora seems like he’s doing something special over there. It’s just exciting every time I go over there.”