Class of 2006

Will Henry

HometownEl Paso, TX
High schoolJ.M. Hanks

Originally published Feb. 2, 2006 in the Omaha World-Herald

Henry says: "I'll use my size. Whatever it takes to get the ball, I'll do it."

Did you know?: Henry is the only Texan among the Huskers' class of recruits. Ten schools in the Big 12 Conference signed six or more this year from the Lone Star State.

Coachspeak: "That kid is the real thing. You don't just get open because you're 6-5. He knows how to run routes, and he knows when to run what kind of routes." -- El Paso Montwood coach Chuck Veliz

What the gurus say: Henry earned honorable-mention 5-A all-state honors by the Associated Press.

About Henry: Nebraska appears to have found an athlete in Henry, who has barely scratched the surface of his potential. Hanks coach Jeff Cleveland describes his receiver as a student of the game. "Will listens to what he's told to do, and he will do it," Cleveland said. "He's not a guy who thinks he's got the world figured out. The word I like to use is that he's got a lot of character." Henry's location in west Texas no doubt contributed to his relative obscurity in the recruiting world. "If we hadn't been way out here, Will would have been recruited so unbelievably hard, it would have been ridiculous," Cleveland said. Henry caught 52 passes for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. "Oh, yeah, we did a nice job on him," rival coach Veliz said with a chuckle. "I think he had only about 150 yards against us." Cleveland said he believes Henry will easily add 15 to 25 pounds to his lanky but muscular frame. "He's not even 18 years old," the coach said. "He'll only get bigger and faster. And as he matures, that size is going to be such a big factor for him."

How we see it: NU looks to have found a hidden gem here. But with returning talent at receiver and other more-experienced newcomers, Henry's emergence at Nebraska is probably a year or two away.

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