October 31, 2011

Interest picking up for Henry

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Every year around this time the Ohio State coaching staff seems to target a few in-state prospects that have impressed with strong senior seasons. This season, Upper Arlington offensive tackle James Henry is one of those few. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect is committed to Toledo but some BCS level programs are starting to lurk for athletic lineman. Henry was at Ohio State on Saturday night on an unofficial visit and came away excited by his experience.



"I thought that the game was great," said Henry. "The atmosphere was exciting. I mean it's Ohio State, it's the best football team around the Midwest. Growing up as a child, I wanted to be a Buckeye so it's a big thing."



The crazy finish to the game certainly put Henry through a roller coaster of emotions.



"I just had my hands on top of my head like 'what is going on'," he said. "At first, I thought he crossed the line but he pulled through."



Henry has seen his interest pick up significantly from Ohio State over the last several weeks and while the Buckeyes didn't offer over the weekend, the staff made sure to let Henry know to keep in contact.



"I talked to coach (Mike) Vrabel and Fickell again," he said. "They were just talking about the line was looking and everything and to keep in touch and to call them this week. It wasn't really a long conversation because they had so many recruits to talk to (Saturday) night."



Prior to the visit, Henry's contact with Ohio State had been limited mostly to phone calls.


"I've had a couple of phone conversations with coach (Jim) Bollman and coach (Luke) Fickell," he explained. "It's all been recent so I don't know where it's going to go from here."



Henry is a high school teammate of Ohio State commit Frank Epitropoulos and the two got a huge win this past Friday over Dublin Coffman. The win put Upper Arlington into the playoffs for the first time in three years, a massive drought by that program's standards.



"It was a great win to cap off the (regular) season," he said. "Going into the last week we didn't really know what was going to happen (in terms of making the playoffs). I really have to give credit to Frank (Epitropoulos), he got us going with the touchdown catch. Going to the playoffs, I've never been there. This is my first winning season, you just have to live it up and play hard every down."


Henry added that he wasn't sure if he would take any more visits and that he was seeing some increased interest from Indiana in addition to Ohio State.





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