Commitment Analysis: Devontae Henry-Cole

Utah picked up its' 2nd RB commitment for 2016 from St Thomas Aquinas RB Devontae Henry-Cole

The Utes picked up their 2nd RB commitment for the 2016 class on Saturday, as St Thomas Aquinas High School running back Devontae Henry-Cole chose the Utes over 9 other offers, and decided that he'll be heading to Salt Lake City for college. Henry-Cole is the latest recruit from national power house St. Thomas Aquinas High School to commit to Utah, as the Utes signed Chris Hart and Tyson Cisrow from STA last year, which is a testament to the Utes' coaching staff for being able to sell the Ute program to recruits and their families, who mostly unfamiliar with the state of Utah in general.

Running backs coach Dennis Erickson was the lead recruiter for Henry-Cole, as he was for Hart and Cisrow last year, and Henry-Cole says that his relationship with Erickson was a big reason why he ended up choosing the Utes. "I chose Utah because I got along with Coach Erickson and the rest of the staff. Coach Erickson was recruiting me hard, and it's going to be amazing playing for him. He coached another Devontae (Booker) really well, so he's going to be an amazing coach for me too." Henry-Cole was also anxious to make a decision, and the allure of playing in the PAC 12 was strong as well. "I decided to make my commitment now because I was ready to. I didn't want to wait any longer. Utah is an amazing football program, and who wouldn't want to play in the PAC 12?"

Having a couple of old teammates already up at Utah helped Henry-Cole make his decision to commit to Utah, as he's gotten some good feedback from Hart and Cisrow, despite them only being on campus a couple of weeks. "(Tyson and Chris) have been telling me I should go to Utah, and that's it's amazing up there. They think I'll fit in great." Another current Ute also had a big effect on Henry-Cole, even though it was in an indirect way. "Devontae Booker having a great year last year definitely played a big factor in my recruitment. It mainly motivated me to be the next great Devontae for Utah."

Henry-Cole sees himself being an every down running back for the Utes, and hasn't decided whether or not he'll be shutting down his commitment, or if he'll still take other official visits.

On the field, Henry-Cole (5'8-180) displays great quickness and top end speed. Once he gets in to the open field there aren't many defenders that can catch him. He also has a very strong lower body that allows him to bounce off tackles, which makes him an effective "between the tackles" running back. A good comparison for Henry-Cole would be former Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis. Both are 5'8 or shorter, but they have the ability to run between the tackles because of a strong lower body.

The biggest area of improvement we see for Henry-Cole at this time is his lateral agility/quickness. He'll need to work on that area to become an even more effective runner between the tackles, especially being smaller in height than most running backs. If he can become agile and quick laterally, watch out.

Check out Devontae Henry-Cole's junior highlights here.

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