March 21, 2008

Former Mississippi athlete could return

Former Corinth athlete Rob Henry could be on a circuitous route back to his home state of Mississippi.

Henry was a starting wide receiver and free safety during his freshman and sophomore years in Corinth, but made a move in December 2006 to play football in Florida.

"I moved for a better opportunity," Henry said Thursday evening. "It's nothing against Corinth or Mississippi, but I thought I would get more visibility by playing in Florida."

Henry, a 6-foot-1, 180 pound dual-threat quarterback, now attends Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla. and lives with his grandfather while his parents still reside in Mississippi.

"I have always wanted to be a quarterback and thought I should have been a quarterback at Corinth," Henry said.

In his first year at Trinity, Henry realized his dream and finished last season with about 1,100 yards passing with ten touchdowns and added another 200 yards on the ground despite missing playing time due to a knee injury.

If it is visibility Henry wants, he's beginning to receive it thanks to exposure at several camps and combines.

Last year, he was named MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine event in Tampa and then drew an invitation to the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January, where he reportedly fared well.

But it was a recent Nike Camp in Tallahassee that may get him more attention from recruiters.

Despite performing on a wet track on a rainy day, he had a forty time of 4.6, an impressive vertical jump of 41, then capped off his strong day with a personal best 3.94 in the shuttle run. Henry finished the day with a rating of 127.38 which was a new SPARQ record according to a Florida Varsity report.

Henry is receiving interest and is interested in Ole Miss, Illinois, Auburn, South Carolina, Louisville, and Georgia Tech.

He has attended junior day at Auburn and will be at Louisville on April 5 and at Illinois on April 8. He'll return from those trips while on spring break to participate in a Nike camp on the weekend of April 12.

Henry doesn't have any offers, but hasn't allowed that to discourage him from making himself known to college recruiters.

While his schedule doesn't include a trip to Ole Miss, Henry says he plans an unofficial visit at some point and has been to the Oxford campus several times before.

What are the prospects of a return to Mississippi?

"Definitely, I'd definitely like to play football for Ole Miss," Henry said. "I think it would be great. They (new Ole Miss coaching staff) ran a balanced offensive at Arkansas and I liked the way that they used Matt Jones at quarterback. I'm a player kind of like that who can make things happen with my arms or my legs."

For now, Henry claims no favorites and wants to let the recruiting process run its course. He's not sure where he'll camp this summer, and a lot of his summer camp schedule could be driven by his offer situation.

Henry has a 3.7 GPA and has already scored a 26 on his ACT, which was taken in February 2007, when he was a sophomore.

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