Henton Becomes OSU's Fifth Verbal

After enjoying a weekend at Ohio State and attending the Senior Advanced Camp, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton returned home, considered his options and decided to verbal to the Buckeyes. Click here for more.

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton has made a commitment to Ohio State after spending Saturday at the school's Senior Advanced Camp.

The verbal was confirmed by a family source. Henton was not immediately available for comment.

Henton (6-2, 215, 4.6) flew up from Georgia on Saturday along with his coach, Rance Gillespie. He spent time Friday with recent OSU graduate, senior defensive back and Georgia native Brandon Mitchell.

Then, on Saturday, he participated in throwing drills at the Advanced Camp. Henton, with a scholarship offer from OSU already in hand, skipped the combine portion of the camp.

Reports swirled on Sunday that Henton had committed to OSU. Henton told Bucknuts.com Monday afternoon he plans to publicly announce his college choice "by the end of the week."

When asked who his final choices were, he said, "Pretty much Ohio State."

"I just want to sit down and talk to my family about it," Henton said at that time.

Gillespie told Bucknuts.com Tuesday afternoon that Henton was still "waiting to speak to Coach Tressel" about the verbal. But there is no question he has settled on OSU.

"He is a good fit for their system right now," Gillespie said. "I think he felt that way watching what they do. I think that kind of turned him on scheme-wise.

"I know he also really liked the coaches and the people he met up there. He fit in really well. I had been told Anontio was a clone of Troy Smith but I had not seen Troy Smith until we got up there. He is just like Troy. He fits that offense."

Gillespie discussed the impact of the weekend on Henton.

"I think another thing that sold him was the tradition," Gillespie said. "They have that tradition and it is a nice place. He walked into that stadium and it's beautiful. You can feel the tradition of Ohio State football. That's impressive. They fully expect to win, and I think he likes that."

Besides OSU, Illinois, Maryland and Louisville had previously offered Henton. He also had interest in Auburn and Georgia, but those schools have each gone in different directions at the quarterback position.

Earlier in the week, Henton reflected on his weekend at OSU.

"I got to meet the coaches and I really liked the campus," Henton said. "I hung out with Brandon Mitchell. We hung out on Friday and went to his house and played games."

Regarding OSU head coach Jim Tressel, Henton said, "I think he's real nice. He's real calm. He's somebody you can sit down and talk to. (Quarterbacks coach Joe) Daniels is the same way. He's a nice guy."

Observers at Saturday's camp said Henton was the most polished of the quarterbacks on hand. He showed great accuracy and zip on his passes and shined when throwing to receivers against defensive backs.

"There was good competition there," he said. "There were a lot of good receivers to throw to and a lot of good DBs we went up against."

Henton had over 1,810 yards and 19 touchdowns passing against only five interceptions as a junior. He also rushed for 316 yards and two touchdowns on only 38 attempts. He helped Peach County post an 11-2 record and reach the state quarterfinals in Class 3A.

"He actually alternated with another quarterback the first part of the season before becoming the starter," Gillespie said. "He has great vision and he is a hard worker. He has a very natural throwing motion. He is not mechanical."

"I feel I am a running quarterback who can also throw the ball," Henton told Bucknuts.com earlier in the week.

Henton holds a 2.7 GPA and will take college entrance exams in the fall.

Click the link below for a look at video highlights of Henton:

Antonio Henton Video


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