Baton Rouge (La.) Central safety Kevin Henry earned his varsity start as a freshman and hasn't left the starting lineup since.
It's not hard to see why. At 6-foot-2, 208-pounds, Henry patrols the Central secondary and hits like a ton of bricks. He earned all-district honors as a sophomore and has attracted the attention of a host of college programs.
Oklahoma State, Alabama, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech are already hot on his trail and there would probably be more, but turf toe held him back in the spring. Still, he was able to come back in time to attend camp at LSU.
"That was the first camp I worked out at," Henry said. "I felt good. I didn't know I would run that well fresh off an injury. I ran a 4.6. I did pretty well. That was the same field I hurt myself on and I just came back a week before."
Growing up in Baton Rouge, the LSU Tiger program was always near to his heart, but there was another program that captured his attention as a youth.
"I grew up a fan of LSU, but my favorite school out of all the schools was the Miami Hurricanes," Henry said. "That is my favorite all-time school. There's just something about them that just fits me. I don't know why."
As he begins to navigate the waters of the recruiting process he is not short of resources. His cousin Brandon Bass played basketball at LSU before moving on to the NBA, cousin Derrick Raymond is currently a cornerback at LSU and Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter is related by marriage. Each has passed on some advice to the 2015 standout.
"The first thing they said is don't make an early decision and to take your time," Henry said. "They also said don't stop working once you get those offers."
While he may be planning to take his time with the process, one program has caught his attention. A summer trip to Stillwater made Oklahoma State stick out to Henry.
"They treat you like you're at home there and I haven't even suited up, I don't even have an offer yet," Henry said. "There's just something about them."
For now though recruiting will wait. The 2013 season is almost here and Henry has big plans.
"The main goal is a state championship. We have to get it this year," Henry said. "Individual goals, I'd like to get more picks than I got last year and I'm getting all-state. I'm telling you I'm getting all-state."