Comparison: Jeremiah Poutasi (Utah)
Prep Career/Awards: Named to the Seattle Times all-state team as a senior ... also KingCo 4A Lineman of the Year and first-team 4A All-KingCo at both offensive and defensive line ... helped the Spartans to a 9-3 overall record and the 4A state quarterfinals as a senior in 2016 ... named to the USA Today all-state team (all levels) as a senior ... helped Skyline to a 12-2 overall record and a spot in the 4A state championship game as a junior in 2015 ... earned Associated Press 4A all-state at offensive line as a junior ... team went 6-4 his sophomore year ... played on the varsity as a freshman in 2013, when the Spartans went 9-2 and advanced to the round of 16 at state ... played in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year ... PrepStar All-America ... one of just five members of his class named to the Seattle Times' "blue-chip recruit" ... one of seven players named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... also named to the News-Tribune's Western 100 ... ESPN rated him the No. 157 player in the country, No. 3 prospect in Washington and the No. 16 tackle in the nation ... according to 247sports.com, the No. 20 guard and No. 197 overall prospect in the nation, and No. 4 recruit in Washington ... scout.com ranked him the No. 22 guard recruit in the nation ... No. 5 in the state and the No. 30 offensive tackle in rivals.com's rankings ... also wrestled and threw the shot and discus in high school ... played football for coach Mat Taylor.
Offers: Bainivalu had over 20 offers with schools from all over the country, including Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, UCLA, USC and Oregon, pursuing him.
Why Washington: "First off, the location was big for me. My family can see me play and that was really important to me. I also really liked coach (Chris) Strausser and coach (Chris) Petersen and you can tell they are genuine and really care about their players. I also really liked the academics there and their reputation as a top academic school."
If he had chosen a different school: "I'd say probably Oregon or UCLA. I really liked both of those schools and programs a lot."
Analysis: "Bainivalu plays tackle but projects as a guard at the next level. He does have tackle feet and moves very well. He shows good lateral mobility, can step out and shuffle his feet in pass protection and is very good as a run blocker. He’s a very physical player who can manhandle opposing linemen and plays with a ton of physicality. You have to love the nastiness he plays with and his game translates very well to the next level." -- Greg Biggins
High School Coach Says: "As far as a player, Henry is one of only a handful of guys to be on our varsity roster for all four years. He's just a special player. He's got great feet and he's a great athlete and, I'll be honest with you, I think his best football is three or four years away. He's still maturing physically and he's going to get a lot better with the coaching they will give him up there. His loyalty to his teammates and coaches is unbelievable and the same with his family. His leadership really shown through with how loyal he was to his teammates and how hard he worked." -- Mat Taylor (Skyline HC)
Position Projection: Bainivalu played right tackle his first two years and then flipped to the left side where he was an All-Kingco 4A selection for two years in a row. While he's got the size and experience to play outside, most project him moving inside to guard and that's why he's been rated there by Scout.com. With his aggressiveness and the ability to pull, expect him to slide into one of the guard spots, most likely on the left side, once he arrives and for him redshirt while he continues to progress with his strength.
2017 Season Projection: You have to believe the Huskies would prefer to redshirt him once he gets on campus, but with the lack of experienced depth at guard, there's a chance he could be pressed into service. Bainivalu will battle it out with players like Luke Wattenberg, Jesse Sosebee, Nick Harris and Henry Roberts during fall camp.