Recruitment heating up for Henyon

Trinity Valley quarterback Austin Henyon, who participated in three All-American Combine events over winter break, has been receiving myriad interest this spring. Though he doesn't hold any offers yet, his recruitment is picking up.

Austin Henyon gets his athleticism honestly.

His mother, Staci, played basketball for TCU and his father, Bernie, played football for the Horned Frogs back in the day.

Their son, Austin, is a left-handed quarterback at Trinity Valley High School in Fort Worth.

Last fall, Henyon completed 158 of 280 passes for 2,554 yards and 23 touchdowns. He only had nine interceptions. He also added 103 carries for 469 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns. He was the passing leader in DFW for nine weeks in a row by season's end.

Now things are heating up for the junior. In December, he partcipated in a trifecta of All-American Bowl combines in Florida (Under Armour), Arizona (Semper Fidelis) and Texas (U.S. Army).

While in Orlando for the Under Armour combine, Henyon was invited to take in a Northwestern practice before playing Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Though he couldn't make that trip to Houston, Henyon says he's been talking to the Wildcats quite a bit.

"They're showing a lot of interest," he said.

In addition to Northwestern, Henyon has been talking to TCU, Baylor, SMU, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Penn.

He has no offers at the moment, but has been invited to Junior Day at Penn.

He also took an unofficial visit to SMU last fall when the Mustangs played UTEP.

Growing up in Fort Worth, and the fact that his parents are ex-Frogs, Henyon is a long-time TCU fan.

"Both my parents played there and it's so close to home," he said. "I know the coaches pretty well just going to campus every summer and always going to games."

But Henyon said right now, Northwestern is pretty enticing.

"There's interest and their academics would help me a lot, too," he said.

Henyon wants to major in either pre-med or business and said that academics are the first thing on his checklist when choosing a school.

"I want to go somewhere I'd enjoy even if the coaches left or if I got injured and the football didn't work out," he said. "Just somewhere I enjoy being. Somewhere I could call home for four years or however long I'm in school."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback said he's interested in SMU and talks to Dan Morrison a little here and there. He said the quarterbacks coach likes the way he works the pocket.

However, Henyon understands that the Mustangs have quite a few quarterbacks on their roster already with incoming freshman Neal Burcham and transfer Garrett Gilbert, in addition to Conner Preston and Stephen Kaiser.

Henyon is a fan of June Jones' Run and Shoot and says it's very similar to the offense Trinity Valley runs.

"I love it," Henyon said. "We do spread and under center a little bit, it's pretty much a run and shoot, so I'd fit in very easily."

Henyon, who also plays basketball, says his strengths on the football field are his focus and precision.

"When I'm scrambling in the pocket, I can keep my eyes downfield," he said. "I have good feet and a good arm and am pretty accurate on the run and just staying in the pocket."

Henyon expects to hear more from schools as the spring goes on.


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