The state's top 2013 high school football prospect got a chance to see the Arkansas
football program up close and personal on Wednesday.
While he had been to Razorback games before, Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry
(6-6, 235) - who plans to be back in Fayetteville for Arkansas' spring game on April 21 - got a chance to see both the academic and athletic side on his Wednesday visit.
"It was a great," said Henry, the son of former Razorback offensive lineman Mark Henry. "It was a fun visit and I was just very impressed with everything the University of Arkansas has to offer.
"We got there about 12:30 and visited the (Walton) Business School and the academic center," Hunter added. "It was just really nice and they obviously care about you as a student as well as a player.
"Then we went to see the weight room, I got to watch practice and then I spent a lot of time talking to (Arkansas head) Coach (Bobby) Petrino," Henry continued. "We got a chance to talk about how he uses the tight ends, where things stand on the depth chart and just really getting to know each other."
That led into watching some film and visiting with fellow tight ends Chris Gragg
and Austin Tate
, tailback Knile Davis
, offensive lineman Brey Cook
and quarterback Brandon Allen
"They all gave me their numbers and said to call them if I had any questions to call or text them," Henry said. "I'm definitely going to take advantage of that."
Henry caught 64 passes for 1,093 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Class 4A state champion Bruins (14-0).
Scout.com rates him as a four-star prospect, the third-best tight end in the country and the 65th-best overall prospect.
He is now up to 20 offers, including ones from Arkansas, Alabama
, Ole Miss
, Notre Dame
, North Carolina
"I think it is 20 offers right now," Henry said. "It's been great that so many teams have offered and I feel very blessed. I have some great people around me to help me with the recruiting process so I feel very lucky."
While his dad was a Razorback, Henry grew up in Georgia before the family moved back to Arkansas just a few years ago.
"I am different in that I didn't grow up in Arkansas because we lived in Georgia," Henry said. "I was an Arkansas fan, but actually knew more about Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Auburn growing up from living in that area.
"The fact that my dad played at Arkansas isn't going to be a factor in my decision," Henry added. "If I do sign with Arkansas, it will be because it is the best place for me to play my college football."
That being said, Henry talked about his admiration for the Razorbacks and their head coach.
"Coach Petrino has really turned things around and got the program going in a great direction," Henry said. "I really think he is a great football coach and someone whose program could make me a great football player.
"I am definitely, really, really high on Arkansas and this visit really helped me get a great feel for everything," Henry added.
In a couple of weeks, he'll visit Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in a matter of four days.
Henry, who also helped lead his basketball team to the state basketball championship game, then is likely to narrow down his list.
"My plan is to narrow it down this spring to maybe about five schools or so," Henry said.
He would like to have his decision out of the way and commit to a school before the season if he can arrive at one.
"That's what I would like to do, have it over before I go into football season," Henry said. "But that's just really going to depend how things go and if I can get there and be sure."
Arkansas gets a chance to host the state's top 2013 prospect as Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry (6-6, 235) spends a full day Wednesday looking over all things Razorback.