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.
Henry Whole Hog
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.
Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry's official visit to Arkansas over the weekend gave him enough insight to know he's all Hog.
Henry, 6-5, 235 pounds, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, pledged to Arkansas in July but in November decided to look at other options with the Hogs' coaching situation being unstable.
The visit allowed him to get to know Coach Bret Bielema and the staff better and made him certain Arkansas was where he wanted to be. His thoughts of firming up his commitment crossed his mind on Sunday but waited until Monday to tweet 'I'm all in with the Hogs'.
"I always said I don't want to be that guy that just goes off emotions and commits on the spot and decommit later on," Henry said. "Because they were caught up in the emotions. So we always said get out of it and go home just a little bit and think about it and I thought about on the way home and that's where I want to be."
Henry, who's rated the No. 1 tight end prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network, had 107 receptions for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior.
Among the 11 other visitors were Hog commitments, Austin Allen, Brooks Ellis, Alex Brignoni, Tevin Beanum and Drew Morgan.
"This weekend was awesome," Henry said. "I had a great time hanging out with all of the commits and hanging out with the players. I get along with them. I feel great about it."
In Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Henry said Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema was personable and relaxed around the recruits. He also enjoyed getting to know offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Jim Chaney.
"I love coach Chaney, he's hilarious," Henry said. "He has so much experience at tight ends and I'm excited to work with him in his office."
Former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. was announced as the Hogs' tight end coach Jan. 15. He was a hit with Henry too.
"He's just a class guy and I can't wait to work with him," Henry said. "He's a strong Christian guy. I'm just so excited. I'm pumped. "
The trip also gave Henry's parents, Mark and Jenny a great impression of the coaching staff and the future of the program.
"They're just impressed by the coaching staff," Henry said. "In what they're doing up there and what's going on with the facilities which is probably some of the best in the country and then where this coaching staff is taking the program."
Henry and the other Arkansas commitments were working on another official visitor, North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny, who's committed to Alabama.
"I think he had a good time I think he liked it a lot and was definitely impressed," Henry said. "Just hanging out with him this weekend, it would be awesome to be teammates with him. It would be so much fun being with him all of the time and have him be our running back. I would look forward to it and love it.
"But in the end I hope we get him but if he makes a different choice I'll still be behind him and still be a fan of his and still be his friend."