Recruiting: Henry Looks Good, Plays Good

The term "pretty" is what coaches think when they see a high school football player like linebacker Trayvon Henry of Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. The senior-to-be is looking every bit of 6-2, and is maybe 6-2 1/2, and weighing in at around 230 pounds.

Seeing Henry up close at Millwood's spring practice on Tuesday -- while standing next to Tulsa defensive coordinator Keith Patterson where earlier in the practice OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables had stood -- you can see why he is considered the top linebacker prospect in Oklahoma and one of the best in the Midlands. North Carolina has an assistant coach due there tomorrow and OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young was at Millwood last week.

Henry is pretty and looks a lot different than he did a year ago. "I look at pictures and stuff from last year and I noticed that I've gotten bigger since then," said Henry kind of quietly.

Last season as a junior he set himself up as one of the top, we think the best, linebacker in the state with 160 total tackles and three sacks. He also plays well in pass coverage.

Watching on Tuesday, Henry is a very physical presence in practice at Millwood and is showing the leadership characteristics you expect to see out of a player of his ability.

He is the Falcons defensive captain. His effort reflects what you want to see. He is quick and decisive with his calls, he gets to the ball in a hurry, and the ball carrier knows that he's there. He had several big hits while we were watching.

"I can't get a big head and I have to work up to par, got to work up to where you have to play, and never get a big head and slack off for even one play," said Henry. "You always have to go hard."

Millwood is still putting it all together with head coach Tony Henry and his staff. They are working with some young but talented players with the likes of quarterback Kevonte Richardson and wide receiver and strong safety Josh Turner, but you can see it could be a good season for the Falcons.

"Yeah, I think we're going to do pretty good. I think we're really young right now," exclaimed Henry. "We just need to get everybody together in the weight room this summer and just work on techniques. Get everybody down with what we are doing and we will be pretty good next year. I know my plans this summer are to lift weights and working on foot work and trying to get faster."

As for recruiting, Henry sees the college coaches at Millwood and is ecstatic about the scholarship offers, but he isn't close to a decision. He said that will likely come after his senior season at Millwood. The decision process is ongoing.

"I plan on making it to a couple of camps and visiting schools," said Henry who was asked what schools. "Probably Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and I'm trying to make it to Arkansas. That is what I am looking at right now.

"I was pretty excited about the OU offer because I didn't know it was coming up. It was exciting to me. As far as recruiting is going, I'm still open and I haven't focused on one school or even a few schools. It is pretty open right now."

Something the middle of the Millwood defense is not open, because Henry is there to close it.

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