Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scouting Report: Willie Henry

Willie Henry
Glenville Academic Campus
Cleveland, Ohio

Height: 6’3 Weight: Low: 230 High: 270
40 time: Low: 4.78 sec
Offer Sheet: Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Syracuse, Hawaii, Cincinnati
(Received Interest from Iowa)
Best Case Comparison & Projection: Ryan Van Bergen
Most Probable Comparison & Projection: Adam Patterson

McGuffie Rating: 2.5 ‘Guffies (out of 5)

PROs: Downhill attacker with good speed and football instincts. Athletically built, Henry possesses a long wingspan and is capable of using it effectively against cut blocks. He is able to disengage from offensive linemen using his long arms and good hands to rip off blockers. Henry has good lateral quickness and show an ability to jump off the snap. Demonstrates good tackling technique for the high school level.

CONs: Plays too upright whenever he gets engaged with blockers. As a result, linemen are able to square up Henry and gain significant leverage. Needs to better utilize his lower body against opposing linemen. Lacks penetration when maintaining gap responsibility against run plays. Lacks ideal size.

Highlight Video:

Quote: "Willie's speed stands out. He's a versatile player too. He played D-End, D-Tackle, played offensive tackle and he even played a little running back. His speed and versatility and his size. He has real big hands, long arms and his wing span is almost for a guy that is 6-10.” - Todd Overton, Glenville Assistant Coach

Bottom Line: Recruited to compete as a 3-tech defensive tackle, Willie is most effective when he is attacking downhill as an inside pass rusher. In order to be equally efficient in the college level, Henry needs to dedicate himself to improving his strength and technique. Given Henry’s need to develop into his playing weight and refine his play, he will most likely redshirt season for his freshman year. I feel that Henry will eventually serve a role similar to that of Will Heininger during the 2011 season. But don't be mistaken, Willie has the talent and capacity to do more. It will be interesting to see how Montgomery, Hoke and Mattison develop and ultimately utilize Henry as they look to maximize his potential.

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