Henton Pushes Back OSU Official Visit

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton was set to make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. But Henton, who verbaled to the Buckeyes last June, pushed the visit back due to a conflict with a basketball game this weekend. We also have a special video presentation included in this link, which shows Henton at work in the state semifinal game. Click here for more on Henton, who led his team to a state championship in December.

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton was originally scheduled to make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

But Henton, who committed to the Buckeyes last June, told Bucknuts.com he has postponed the visit two weeks due to his basketball schedule.

"We have a big game this weekend with one of our rivals," said Henton, who averages 13 points a game in basketball. "I'm pushing the visit back to Jan. 27th to the 29th."

Henton (6-2, 215, 4.65) helped Peach County claim the Class AAA state championship in December. PCHS dropped its first three games of the season while Henton was hobbled with an ankle injury. But, as he got healthy, the Trojans reeled off 12 straight wins to claim their first-ever state title.

Henton came up big in the season's two biggest games. He had 108 yards passing and two touchdowns passing and 84 yards and two TDs rushing in a 35-17 state semifinal win over LaGrange. Then, he was 8 of 17 passing for 233 yards and two scores in the 35-14 state championship game triumph over Dougherty.

For the year, Henton ended up throwing for 2,125 yards and 30 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also rushed for more than 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.

For his heroics, Henton was named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's player of the year. Scout.com, which did not have Henton rated before the season, moved Henton in as the nation's 18th-best quarterback prospect. He is the No. 16 prospect in Georgia.

Henton talked about the excitement of bringing a state title home to his central Georgia community.

"It was the first one in school history," he said. "It was kind of crazy. We were going around that whole week before the game and were excited about it. That was a lot of fun and then you actually go out and win it."

Henton's favorite target at Peach County was Auburn-bound wide receiver Chris Slaughter, who caught a school-record 23 touchdown passes as a senior. Henton said it will be hard to walk away from the teammates he has played with for his whole career.

"It probably will be hard when that time comes for me to come up there," he said. "But I am excited to come up there and get used to the receivers they have up there. The first year going in there I just want to learn everything I can.

"That way, in the second year, I'll be in the groove and I'll understand what I'm supposed to do with all of my reads."

Henton is looking forward to working under returning starter Troy Smith, who will be a senior for the Buckeyes in 2006.

"Yeah, having him to teach me a lot of things should really help me," Henton said.

Henton enjoyed watching Smith throw for 342 yards and two touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.

"I saw the bowl game and he played pretty good," Henton said. "He has played pretty good the last half of this year. I saw that Ted Ginn also played a pretty good game."

Henton missed the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but he is well aware of the buzz surrounding Akron Garfield tailback Chris Wells. Wells, also an OSU verbal and the nation's top prospect, will also be a freshman at OSU this fall.

"My coaches were telling me about how he did in that game," Henton said. "I think we have a good class coming in and he's a good running back. With his speed and his size, I think that will help me a lot."

In the meantime, Henton is looking forward to his OSU visit later this month.

"Hopefully, I can come up and meet some of the guys," he said. "I want to get to know them. I want to see the whole program and what's going on academically and football-wise. I am really looking forward to it."

OSU coach Jim Tressel is due to make an in-home visit with Henton next week, he said. Tressel is also due to come down Feb. 6 to speak at a banquet where Henton receives a Touchdown Club player of the year award in Georgia.

As a junior, 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. As a sophomore, Henton was his team's second-leading receiver with 30 receptions for 532 yards and four touchdowns.

Scout.com's Scott Kennedy told the AJC that Henton is more than just a good athlete who can throw the football. He projects that Henton will play quarterback for the Buckeyes, but he said people should shy away from Vick comparisons.

"I think he has good athletic ability, but he would rather sit back in the pocket and throw the ball," Kennedy said. "He makes the right decisions, and he is calm. He is a strong quarterback. I think it will be quarterback or nothing for him."

Henton got good academic news in December. He projects as a qualifier with a 2.9 GPA and a 920 on the SAT.

We also have a collection of video clips for you from Henton's strong performance in his team's state semifinal victory. Clips are courtesy Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Henton was his team's key playmaker in the game and shows tremendous all-around ability in these clips. To watch these videos, you will need Microsoft Media Player. Click here to download the most recent version of Media Player.

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