October 27, 2009

Morris (IL) lineman Kevin Henry has team ready for playoffs

As mentioned in previous article, a few of Central Michigan's 2010 commits will be continuing their season in their respective state's playoffs. One of those players is Morris (IL) defensive tackle/guard Kevin Henry, whose team qualified for playoffs with a 5-4 record. Although their record may not look spectacular, Morris played one of the tougher schedules in the state and there may be a silver lining in those four losses.

All of those four losses were to playoff bound teams in higher divisions. Chicago St. Rita was 7-2 in 7A, Oswego (7-2) and Prairie Ridge (6-3) in 6A and Sterling (7-2) in 5A.

"We played some of the top teams in the state our first few weeks, so we kind of started real slow due to that," said Henry. "Our offense wasn't clicking and then we had a bye week. We brought some sophomores up and things started clicking on offense and we started to reach our potential. We had some tough games in there and some big wins, we actually had the fifth most playoff points in the state, so that shows you how tough our schedule was."

Morris drew Chicago (Raby) in the first round, and although they are 8-1, Henry likes his team's chances as Morris is the largest team in their division.

"You know, it's been kind of weird. In 2006, we were 6A and 2007 and 2008 we were 5A. Now, were down to 4A," added Henry. "We drew some team from Chicago in round one, and to be honest with you, we should have our sophomores in by the second quarter. It's just a different level, and I know they are 8-1 and a good team, but 8-1 in their division is much easier than what we did. Like I said, it's just a different level."

Although his primary focus has been on the season, the now 6-foot-5 and 267 pound Henry has been able to catch most of the CMU games. He even correctly predicted a blowout to ChippewaCountry when he was visiting for the Eastern Michigan game.

"CMU's season is going great. I've been able to get all of the games down here, and their now 7-1 and starting to get some national attention."

Speaking of national attention, CMU is on the cusp of earning their first Top 25 ranking ever, but as Henry said, it's no shock to him.

"CMU being in the Top 25, that's nothing that would surprise me," said Henry. "When I went there, I just got that vibe that they were headed in that direction. Talking to Coach (Butch) Jones and the other coaches, you could just see that CMU was headed in that direction."

Henry is one of many prospects that was faced with balancing offers from MAC schools like Central Michigan and Big Ten teams like Indiana. While some in the media have criticized him for skipping his Big Ten offer, Henry knows CMU is at that level and that he made the right decision.

"It's an honor to get an offer from the Big Ten, it's a big deal I guess," added Henry. "But I wasn't all about going to the Big Ten just because it was the Big Ten you know? With me, I wanted to go somewhere I felt comfortable for 4-5 years and when I brought my parents to CMU, they loved it. My advice to other players in the same situation would be to go and visit the other schools, don't just settle for the Big Ten because of the name."

Central Michigan got themselves a gem in the No. 38 ranked strongside defensive end in the nation according to Rivals.com. He currently plays defensive tackle and offensive guard for Morris, but see's himself on the defensive line as a Chippewa.

"As far as I know, I'm still on the defensive line for CMU. But, like I've said before, I'll play anywhere, it doesn't matter to me".

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