FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - By Otis Kirk
Arkansas landed the nation's top tight end on Thursday with the addition of Pulaski Academy 5-star tight end Hudson Henry.
Henry announced his decision on Twitter at noon on Thursday.
He chose the Razorbacks over Stanford, Clemson, Penn State and Wisconsin. He narrowed his 22 offers down to those five schools on May 25.
Henry and the Bruins are off to a 5-1 start this season. The Arkansas Sports Media High School Football Poll at Fearless Friday has the Bruins ranked No. 1 in 5A. Henry has caught 39 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns.
Henry completes the family all attending Arkansas. His father Mark was a four-year letterman for the Hogs from 1988-91. Hunter Henry played tight end at Arkansas from 2013-15 and won the Mackey Award in 2015. He left a year early for the NFL and was taken in the second round by the then San Diego Chargers. Hayden Henry is currently a sophomore linebacker at Arkansas now. Mark played at Little Rock Central, but the three sons all attended Pulaski Academy.
Henry had stated shortly after Chad Morris was hired it would depend on how the new coach used the tight end. Arkansas struggled at first getting the ball to the tight ends even though they were targeted. But once Ty Storey was named the starting quarterback the usage of tight end improved dramatically. Cheyenne O'Grady has caught 10 passes in the past two games. He had seven receptions and two touchdowns against Alabama.
Obviously there's a lot of comparisons between Hudson and Hunter. Pulaski Academy coach Kevin Kelley had an interesting comparison of the two in Hooten's Arkansas Football Magazine.
"He has better ball skills than Hunter," Kelley told Hooten's Arkansas Football. "He knows how to use his body, and I attribute that to him being a post guy in basketball. He can pin defenders on his hip."
As a junior, Henry had 72 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will try to help the Bruins to another state title. They defeated Little Rock McClellan 37-36 last year to capture the 5A state championship.
Henry will be a welcomed addition to Arkansas in 2019. The other scholarship tight ends on the team with him will be O'Grady and Austin Cantrell, both seniors, and sophomore Grayson Gunter.
Morris and Joe Craddock, the offensive coordinator, want a high-powered passing game. The addition of Henry to go with Warren 5-star wide receiver Treylon Burks, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman's Trey Knox, Jefferson (Texas) High's TQ Jackson and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy's Shamar Nash guarantees the Hogs a long list of playmakers in the freshmen class next fall.
In addition to that group, the Hogs also have Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson and Phenix City (Ala.) Central running back A'Montae Spivey. The class currently has three offensive linemen committed, but has several more targeted that will visit in coming weeks.
The Arkansas offense has many similarities of the one used by Kelley at Pulaski Academy. The transition for Henry should be a smooth one. What Henry offers Morris is another threat at tight end. Henry can line up in tight or split out. He has great hands and runs outstanding routes.
Arkansas fans have to get excited when thinking of Henry and that group of wide receivers coming in. That will likely equal explosive plays since all of them are considered playmakers.
Henry and Burks are two of the best recruits to come out of Arkansas in the same year in history. Both are as good as anyone in the nation at their positions.
Arkansas will host Camden Fairview offensive tackle Stacey Wilkins for an official visit the weekend of the LSU game. The Razorbacks are expected to add to the Class of 2019 on Oct. 24 when Mansfield Legacy defensive lineman Taurean Carter goes public with his decision.
The Razorbacks have some other outstanding talents visiting officially the weekend of the Tulsa and LSU games.
Arkansas' Commitments for 2019
KJ Jefferson, QB, 6-3, 211, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola
A'Montae Spivey, RB, 6-1, 205, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
Treylon Burks, WR, 6-3, 225, Warren
Trey Knox, WR, 6-5, 217, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
TQ Jackson, WR, 6-2, 188, Jefferson (Texas)
Shamar Nash, WR, 6-1, 195, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Hudson Henry, TE, 6-5, 225, Pulaski Academy
Joseph Stone, OL, 6-8, 354, Gulf Breeze (Fla.)
Beaux Limmer, OL, 6-5, 270, Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee
Brady Latham, OL, 6-5, 287, Jenks (Okla.)
Zach Williams, DE, 6-4, 225, Joe T. Robinson
Collin Clay, DE, 6-4, 261, Putnam City (Okla.)
Eric Gregory, DE, 6-4, 260, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Mataio Soli, DE, 6-4, 225, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County
Dante Walker, DE, 6-3, 240, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Carl Williams, DL, 6-4, 310, Lufkin (Texas)
Marcus Miller, DL, 6-5, 300, Warren
Enoch Jackson, DL, 6-0, 290, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Zach Zimos, LB, 6-4, 215, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis
Myles Brooks, S, 6-2, 190, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson
Malik Chavis, CB, 6-2, 175, Rison
Adonis Otey, CB, 5-11, 180, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
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