Hennis Looking For Big School Attention

OL Zach Hennis of Plain City Jonathan Alder is still in waiting mode. He is hoping for offers from schools like Ohio State and Michigan, but they want to see him play this year first. Meanwhile, other schools have been paying attention, and Zach has been expanding his options.

At nearly 6-8 and 300 plus pounds, Zach Hennis of Plain City Jonathan Aldar High School has been compared physically in stature to Alex Boone, a guy Hennis wouldn't mind getting to know better.

"I only met him one time and that was at the Nike camp at OSU," Hennis said. "But the only way I'd have a relationship with him would be if we played together at the same college, and I don't know if that will happen."

Hennis understands the deal with Ohio State, who already has solid verbal commitments from Boone and Jim Cordle on the offensive line.

"Ohio State has maybe one scholarship left for a lineman, and they're probably looking at about three or four of us. And I'm one of them," he said. "If I get a scholarship there, that would be great, and if I don't, then I'm sure somewhere else I will go."

In addition to Ohio State, Hennis expressed an interest in Michigan, Kentucky and Stanford, and he said that he'll ultimately consider any Big Ten or SEC suitor.

But Hennis, hailing from the same high school that sent Donnie Nickey to Ohio State, has a natural affinity toward wanting to play at OSU.

"My whole family are Buckeye fans, so that would be kind of neat to play for them," he said. "I've only been to two games, but I watch them every weekend they play."

Hennis has been a big fish in a smaller pond at Jonathan Alder for three years now as a starter on the offensive line, and he feels fortunate to be in the position that he is now, no matter what school he ends up at on the next level.

"I just try to bury people into the ground basically," said Hennis as he tried to explain the style he plays that has attracted college recruiters from all over to him. "All of the attention feels great; you can't beat it. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there that would like to be in the situation that I'm in."

But with his college selection still uncertain, Hennis has been busy camping over the summer to make sure as many college coaches get to see him in person as possible. He's been to OSU, Michigan and Kentucky, and he plans to attend Northwestern's camp on July 23.

"I think things are going pretty good. I've been impressing a lot of people at the camps that I've been going to, and I've been having a great time," Hennis said. "And I've been impressed with all of the campuses."

At 6-7 3/4 and over 300 pounds, Hennis, who plays center on his school's hoop team, has been clocked at 5.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he's bench pressed 185 pounds 20 times. He has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 23 on his ACT.

"I'm not in a rush to commit. I'm just going to wait and see what happens and take all of my visits," said Hennis who has only an offer from Akron in his possession now. "It all just depends on who offers me and how I feel about them. Both Ohio State and Michigan have told me that they want to watch me through the first couple of games this season and see how I do, so I have to have a great season."


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