March 8, 2011

Henington proving a popular target

Getting recruited from Denver Mullen High School is nothing new and Mullen defensive tackle, Tyler Henington said he has plenty of friends and current Division I prospects from Mullen to talk to about recruiting and college football. Some of those prospects hail from his high school and one other in his own kitchen. Henington 's father and former Texas Tech defensive tackle, Troy Henington.

"I watched (the seven 2011 seniors who were recruited to Division I programs) this year and you figure out how the whole process goes," Henington said. "My dad played college ball too and he knows what is going on. I can always talk to those guys and they'll tell me what is going on."

Henington, who stands 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, accounted for 104 tackles and 11 sacks for the state champion Mustangs a year ago. He was named All-Conference for his efforts as well as honorable mention All-State.

This season, Henington will be looked to for leadership as well as being expected to step up along the Mustangs defensive front.

"I need to get stronger in the weightroom," he said when asked what he could improve upon. "I think that would help me. I am looking forward to my time. I want to do what is right for my team. I want to get my name thrown around there and we'll have a great team.

"Defensively, we'll have some guys who are going to step up and play well."

Thus far in the recruiting process, football has taken a backseat to wrestling. Henington recently finished up a junior year that saw him go 24-5 and make it to the quarterfinals at the state wrestling tournament. Still, Henington has found time to talk to coaches from Colorado, Indiana, Duke, Oregon, Utah, Colorado State, Michigan and Arizona State.

"Right now I am not too worried about it," he said. "Right now whoever is talking to me, I am listening to. I have been focused on wrestling, I haven't been too focused

Colorado State is a school the Henington family knows well. Scott Henington was the defensive coordinator at the school and coached at CSU for 13 years. That has got Henington familiar with the Rams and has him willing to listen to what they have to say.

"It is a great school and great location," Henington said. "My grandpa was a defensive coordinator for 13 years. He coached Coach Fairchild, so I know some people up there. It would be a great place to go to. I am getting some letters and talked a little bit to the coach."

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