Tuesday Practice Report: Rutgers CB Coach Aaron Henry Engages Audience

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry was a bright spot after Tuesday's spring practice with an engaging 10-minute media session. Henry addressed everything from the time he lived with Chris Ash to new cornerback technique in a must-watch post-practice session.

 

The Headline –  The more Rutgers coach Chris Ash makes assistant Aaron Henry available for interviews, the better it will be for the program.

Every move Ash makes has to either make the team better or make recruiting better. Henry in front of the camera can only excite prospects in recruiting.

The former Wisconsin All-Big Ten safety reunited with Ash in the offseason – their first time together since Arkansas and a brief stint as housemates.

“I went from an NFL player to a middle school lunchroom professor, telling kids to be quiet and settle down, and I was also coaching high school football in the evenings and this was in Gull Lake, Michigan,” Henry said. “… I was still training for the league and I didn’t find myself doing anything and I reached out to coach Ash, coach Ash reached out to coach B – Bret Bielema. Long story short, in my time there, my first two months there, I lived with coach Ash for a little bit.”

Ash was the defensive coordinator at the time, and opened his home to Henry during the first months of his graduate-assistant career.

“He had a pretty big house, so it wasn’t really a roommate, so it was his house and my room,” Henry said. “He’s awesome. His family is incredible. I’ve known his whole family since he was at Wisconsin. That dude is like a father to me. Blood couldn’t make us any closer. It’s special. I don’t even feel like I’m coming to work. It’s fun for me.”

Worth Noting – Although Rutgers is down to two healthy corners with in-game experience – Blessuan Austin and Isaiah Wharton – the Ronnie James move to safety had to happen, Henry said.

“We just wanted to get a kid a shot,” Henry said. “For what we’re trying to do, we felt like he suited us better at safety and I think he’s going to be a hell of a safety when this thing is all said and done.”

Quote of the Day – “It’s tough to catch my eye. I grew up in a hometown with Mackensie Alexander, quite possible one of the best corner prospects in this draft. Deion Sanders is from around my way. It’s really, really tough to catch my eye but I will say these guys are making tremendous strides and improvement. They’re taking to coaching. That’s the most important thing.” – Henry.

Around Football -- With Maryland landing local four-star Kasim Hill, more quarterback dominoes can fall into place in the coming weeks. Here is a look at Hill.


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