Badgers Set to host Henry this weekend

Having already hosted three official visitors during the season, the Wisconsin Badgers will increase that number by at least two this weekend. A talented duo from Immakolee, Florida is set to make their way up to Madison this weekend. Josh Clark caught up with cornerback Aaron Henry to offer this special report to

One of the premier defensive backs in Florida, Aaron Henry currently holds 17 scholarship offers from some of the nation's top programs.

He will complete his first official visit this upcoming weekend to the University of Wisconsin, and will be joined by teammate Brian Rolle.

"Coach (Dave) Doeren spoke with our coach, and since we had a bye week this weekend, he asked if we'd want to come up for an official visit," Henry informed

"My coach came to us, and since the dates worked out so well with them playing Illinois, we decided to do it. I knew Wisconsin was a real good program, they have great coaches, and they have a player from our area, Culmer St. Jean."

Henry first heard from the Badgers last spring after Coach Doeren had the opportunity to view his talents in person.

"Coach Doeren attended our Red&White game in the spring, and really, I believe he was there to see Brian. On the first play, I caught a pass and took it to the house for a 73-yard touchdown. Later, I intercepted a ball right next to him on the sideline. I think he took notice," Henry stated.

"When I had my first chance to talk to him, he told me that I looked good in red and white."

"He then told me that I reminded him of a player he saw all the time back when he coached at Kansas. He said I reminded him of Terrence Newman who played at Kansas State, and he thought I had the potential to eventually play both ways," Henry said.

The Badgers did not offer a scholarship during the May evlaution period.

"Coach (Kerry) Cooks talked to me, and told me they had an evaluation period they were going through, too. He said they had to wait to meet with the head coach and decide on who they would offer," Henry stated.

"I remember I got the offer before the start of my season, and Coach Doeren sent a hand-written letter to my grandmother with the offer."

"Coach Cooks explained to me that they weren't that deep in the secondary, and still had some defensive backs leaving after this season," added Henry, who claims a 4.3 GPA and 18 on the ACT. "They need guys that can come in and make an impact, and they felt I fit that mold. He thought I possessed the overall talent and skills to play early."

Henry also noted that Badger coaches informed him they were looking at him as a kick and punt returner, as well.

This weekend, Henry stated his visit will be more than just about football.

"I'm really going to look at the academics," said Henry, who is currently undecided on his major. "I know that you have to have a back-up plan. You cannot just rely on football to take you where you want to go."

While Henry states he remains open to all suitors, he mentioned South Florida, Tennessee, Ole' Miss, Clemson, Iowa, and South Carolina as other programs he is seriously considering at this time.

While the Badgers have shown Henry plenty of interest, they've always recongized another important piece to the puzzle.

"I've been raised by my grandmother. She has taught me respect and to forgive. I'm a Christian man and have a great deal of faith. Coach Doeren called to talk with my grandmother this week to let her know I would be taken care of this weekend," Henry stated.

Now, all that remains is the official visit, although, Henry did recieve some encouraging words this week.

"I received a text message from Coach Bielema (on Tuesday) that said, "three more days; can't wait to get you on campus," Henry concluded.

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