Five-star defensive end K.J. Henry believes he could help the Georgia Bulldogs jump start their program with Kirby Smart at the helm.
When the summer rolls around, 5-star prospect K.J. Henry won’t be on the road too much. Instead of bouncing around from university to university, the Clemmons, North Carolina native intends to spend some quality time with his family.
After all, Henry will graduate high school early in December and early enroll at the college of his choice in January.
But in terms of which school will land the country’s No. 3 defensive end and No. 18 overall player, not even he has an idea yet. Henry doesn’t even have a set list of top schools to focus on in the rest of his recruitment.
However, when he spoke with 247Sports, Henry did list six schools that were showing the most love to him at the moment: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
All six — or any program for that matter — would benefit from having a versatile edge rusher like Henry, who has shown flashes of Dante Fowler Jr. But the Bulldogs would be one of the schools who stand to gain the most by landing Henry.
UGA wrapped up the 2017 recruiting class by signing 4-star edge rusher Robert Beal and 4-star defensive end Malik Herring. But we all know the elite defensive lines in football typically rotate their pass rushers throughout the course of a game, and Henry would give Georgia the flexibility to do so.
A trio of that nature could help catapult the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC East and wreak havoc on the rest of the conference.
Fortunately for head coach Kirby Smart, it sounds like Henry believes he could be extremely successful in Athens.
“They tell me they’re a young program and that it’s the beginning of coach Smart’s career there and to take that into account,” Henry said. “They’re on the rise, and I could be a piece of their puzzle. That’s definitely something you like to hear from a program that was good for so many years.”
Adding a 6-foot-5, 230-pound monster to a defensive line is always a plus. The problem for Georgia, though, is that the defending national champion Clemson Tigers are the current favorites to land Henry’s eventual commitment.
The Tigers are pursuing some other 5-star edge rushers, though, and the Bulldogs could use that to their advantage as they court Henry.