Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Bielema and Chaney make in-home with Henry
Pulaski Academy graduate Hunter Henry turns upfield during first-half action against Jacksonville on November 1, 2012. Henry signed to play for the Razorbacks this fall.
Arkansas commitment and Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry got a double dose of Hog Coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on Monday when the two visited his school and home.
"It went great," said Henry of the Bielema in-home visit. "I feel like it was definitely good to see and meet him and finally get to know him. It was definitely a good visit."
Henry, 6-5, 235, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, is rated the No. 1 tight end the nation by CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. He was the starting tight end for the White team in the Under Armour All American Bowl earlier this month.
Numerous recruits have spoke highly of Bielema's ability to relate to them and their parents. Henry was no different.
"I'm definitely comfortable around him," Henry said. "He's an easy guy to get along with and easy to talk to. He's a great guy and it's just great spending time with him."
Henry had an outstanding junior season with 64 receptions for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns but better those numbers with 107 receptions for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season.
He and his family visited Tennessee last spring and was impressed with their meeting with Chaney and liked when the offensive coordinator was hired by the Hogs.
"I was definitely impressed with him at Tennessee and I love coach Chaney," Henry said. "He's an easy guy to get along with and he's a great person and a great coach."
Bielema hit on many topics, including program's future and the strength and conditioning program. It was his candor that struck Henry.
"He shoots me straight and he's really not sugar coating anything and telling me straight up," Henry said. "I like that. I like a guy that's going to tell you everything you want to hear. I like to hear straight up stuff."
The two coaches arrived at Pulaski Academy around noon
and Henry's home about 4:30. His mother, Jenny and father, Mark liked what they heard from Bielema.
"They like him a lot and feel great about him," Henry said. "It was a great first impression."
Henry said he felt better about his commitment to the Hogs after the meetings but is wanting to see how things go forward.
"Right now, I feel like I'm still kind of waiting and seeing," Henry said. "Just because of some other guys that will be coming in and waiting for this weekend too. I'm still kind of keeping things open right now but we'll see."