It helps having just one high school teammate with you at a prospect camp. Cleveland (OH) Glenville defensive tackle Willie Henry had the pleasure of having his fellow defensive tackle Alex Pace not only camping with him, but running through several reps with him as a defensive line tandem at the Pitt prospect camp last Saturday.
Henry is a 6-3, 273-pound junior standout who has a couple of early offers from Ohio and Akron. If his performance at the Pitt camp is any indication—where he and Pace were kept in to challenge the first and second groups of offensive linemen during one-on-ones—more offers could be on the way.
"We had fun and competed," Henry said. "We really wanted to go down there and show Pitt our talent. We've shown other coaches our talent. We wanted to go out (to Pitt) together and compete well, and see what we can compete with."
Henry also talked about some of the drills and techniques that defensive line coach Paul Randolph worked on.
"They actually taught me a lot about flexibility; the duck walk," Henry said. "They showed us a lot of counter moves, how to read offensive linemen from how they're jumping, how to hit with them and just becoming better football players in general."
When going through one-on-ones, Henry applied what Randolph was showing him. More importantly, even though it was the same one-on-one drill, Henry realized that going up against several different offensive linemen presents quite a challenge.
"Every time you go up, it's against different lineman," Henry said. "One is better than the other. Some you have to be more patient for. (Randolph) told us a lot of things to do, because there's different offensive linemen. With their knowledge, they helped me compete better. I came home with some new stuff to do this season."
Aside from the football part of the camp, Henry and several of his Glenville teammates—which also included defensive back V'Angelo Bentley, who came to observe camp, and receivers Sean Draper and Justin Hardee—came in early for a glimpse of the Pitt campus and the city.
"They showed us around Pittsburgh, how Pittsburgh was," Henry said. "They told us the campus was great, a great environment, and how the love (the fans) have for (the student-athletes). If we ever come down there and commit to the school, they have great facilities. Overall, I liked it.
"We went to the (Petersen Events Center). That really stood out. It was nice on the outside. We got to see the court, and see how the students line up before every game. We saw some of the buildings our classes might be in."
Overall, Henry said Pitt is a school he'd like to keep in the mix, and one that has definitely left an impression with him and his teammates.
"I would love to take an official visit down there," Henry said. "They have a great campus, nice facilities, and coaches who are great with kids. They keep us motivated.
"I like coach Randolph. He's exciting coach, the kind of coach I'd like to work with. We did a great job down there. They showed us around, showed us a good time. I'd be excited if I did get an offer from there."