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5-star TE Hudson Henry commits to Hogs, continues family legacy

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Pulaski Academy receiver Hudson Henry runs for extra yards against Springdale Har-Ber on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, during a game at Wildcat Stadium in Springdale.
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Pulaski Academy receiver Hudson Henry runs for extra yards against Springdale Har-Ber on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, during a game at Wildcat Stadium in Springdale.

The Henry family legacy at the University of Arkansas continues with the commitment of highly recruited Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry to the Hogs on Thursday.

Henry, 6-5, 230 pounds, chose the Razorbacks over more than 30 scholarship offers from schools like Stanford, Alabama, Ole Miss, Penn State, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Florida, LSU and others.

He announced a final five of Arkansas, Stanford, Penn State, Clemson and Wisconsin in May. He said he knew he would attend Arkansas on Monday after he visited Stanford last weekend.

"After I came home I think that next morning I was just ready," Henry said. "I think I knew in my heart whenever I first woke up that I wanted to be at Arkansas and I needed to be at Arkansas.

"I decided to be a Razorback because that’s just where my heart was. I think in the end that’s just what it came down to. All the boxes checked off. Arkansas just had my heart and I think that's really, really important."

Henry is the younger brother of former Arkansas All-American and Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Razorbacks sophomore linebacker Hayden Henry. Hudson Henry said he likes the way Arkansas coach Chad Morris uses the tight end in his offense.

"Coach Morris told me before the season started they were ready to use the tight end and Coach Morris is a man of his word,” Henry said. "Like I said before the season, I just needed to see the proof that was in the pudding that he gave me, and I think I saw it and I think I’m going to keep seeing it.”

National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates Henry a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 tight end in the nation.

“Major catch,” Lemming said. “He has the same potential his older brother had at that similar age. Great size, can run, terrific student and a 5-star player who can run, catch and block.”

Henry’s father, Mark, was an offensive lineman for the Razorbacks from 1988-1991 and was an All-Southwest Conference center as a senior. His mother, Jenny, also attended Arkansas.

His grandfather, Skip Coffman, played basketball for the Razorbacks from 1957-1962.

"I think my family would’ve been happy wherever I would’ve gone because they just want me to be happy," Hudson Henry said, "but they’re definitely, definitely happy for me."

Pulaski Academy coach Kevin Kelley said Henry is a high-caliber football player and person.

“Hudson is a truly amazing football player and an even better young man,” Kelley said. “He is big and physical when he needs to be, but plays with tremendous finesse when it’s called upon. He has great spatial awareness and understands the game of football - defenses, offenses - extremely well.”

Henry has 39 receptions for 504 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Henry recorded 72 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior for the 14-0 Bruins, who won their fourth consecutive state championship.

He has some better attributes than his older tight end brother.

“He has really good body control and ball skills, especially for a player his size,” Kelley said. “He is faster and has a better understanding of the passing game than Hunter had at this stage. Hunter had him in some areas, too.”

Henry is the latest high-profile recruit to commit to Arkansas in the class of 2019. The Razorbacks' class is ranked 12th nationally by Rivals after his commitment.

“Seeing all these other recruits jump on board, those are great guys tat can push me and help me excel on the level that I need to be at," Henry said. "I think that really encouraged me to make the move and make the decision."

Henry said that Trey Knox, a four-star recruit from Tennessee had been recruiting him hard since he committed last week.

"Trey Knox has been sending me Twitter messages all week," Henry said.


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