Hennis Focused On Three Schools

OL Zach Hennis from Plain City (OH) Jonathan Alder has three schools on his list right now. Dave Biddle caught up with him recently to discuss his favorites as well as how he did at camp this weekend.

Plain City Jonathan Alder offensive lineman Zach Hennis is a laid back guy - he doesn't get too caught up in hype - but even he admits it is nice to be ranked as one of the top OL in the state.

"To hear people put me up there with the best in Ohio makes me feel good," Hennis said. "I'm the type of guy that doesn't like a lot of attention, but to be regarded as one of the best in Ohio is nice."

Hennis participated in the Nike Camp over the weekend at Ohio State and felt that it was a good learning experience for him.

"It was a good time," he said. "There isn't a lot you can learn in just a half day, but they did a good job of teaching us the basics."

Hennis got a crash course in pass protection.

"They showed us how to pass block college style," he said. "Like I said, just the basics, but stuff like zone blocking and trapping and things like that."

Hennis explained the differences of how his high school teaches pass protection, compared to the instructors at the Nike Camp.

"Here at Alder, we fire out," he said. "In college, they want you to back up and keep your man in front of you. I'm pretty comfortable either way."

Hennis measured at 6-foot-8, 309 pounds at the camp. He ran the 40 in 5.31 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.4 seconds, jumped 28.1 inches in the vertical and did 25 reps of 185 pounds on the bench.

"Yeah, I was pretty happy with all of those," he said.

Ohio State verbal commitment Alex Boone is widely regarded as the top OL in the state, but Hennis is not far behind. The two did not have a chance to hang out much at Saturday's camp.

"No, I didn't really talk to (Boone) very much," Hennis said. "They put us in a few blocking drills together, but that was about it."

Hennis has narrowed his list of schools down to: Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

"Well, my favorite was Ohio State, then it was Michigan for a little bit and now I'm not really sure," Hennis said. "My whole family is Buckeye fans, so they're obviously encouraging me to go to OSU. We'll see. I'm not really leaning one way or the other right now."

Hennis says he hopes to make a verbal commitment "sometime before our season begins in August."

He plans on attending just two football camps this summer: OSU's and Michigan's.

Hennis hails from the same high school as former Buckeye safety Donnie Nickey. The community is about 10 miles away from OSU's campus, so it's obviously flooded with Buckeye fans.

"It would be very hard for a young man from Plain City to turn down a scholarship to Ohio State," Alder head coach Barry Blackstone said.

Hennis plays guard in high school, but says he could play either guard or tackle in college.

He also hopes to play some defensive tackle this season. He got a few snaps on defense last year, but not many.

"Blackstone says he's going to use me a little bit more on defense - that would be good," Hennis said.

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