Heavy speculation in recruiting circles has defensive end K.J. Henry picking Clemson when he announces on ESPNU at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 20.
That may turn out to be the case. According to his coach, the speculators have a creative imagination because, to his knowledge, Henry has yet to make a decision.
“I’m not sure who those people are, I’m not saying he won’t, but I wouldn’t call it a slam dunk,” said Henry’s coach, Adrian Snow. “I have been privy to a lot of it in listening to him and talking to him. There are a lot of good people who have done a good job recruiting him. There’s four people who are not going to be happy about it, and that’s OK.
“There are still factors he is weighing,” Snow said. “It’s going to be a tough decision for him because he has ties to each school. In recruiting, nobody is bad to you and you’re not going anywhere where football isn’t good or they want it to be really good. So, all those things he’s got to take into account. He’ll have to put his big boy pants on and make a decision.”
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USC, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech are the primary four at this point. Henry, from Clemmons, N.C., canceled a visit to Alabama for this weekend and Snow believes that eliminates the Crimson Tide. USC, Clemson and Virginia Tech had in-home visits this week, and Georgia is trying to get in this weekend to see Henry before he heads to the Shrine Bowl.
USC coach Will Muschamp and assistants met with Henry and his mother at the school Thursday morning, a meeting Snow attended.
Muschamp “talked about opportunities and the opportunity he’d have at South Carolina would be pretty quick,” Snow said. “The others, you never know because they’ve got some real good players ... not saying South Carolina doesn’t.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistants made their visit with Henry in the home Wednesday night and Snow said that gathering went well.
“It was not a lot about football. It was more about family,” he said. “They were exchanging stories and having a good time. That’s about what it was.”
Henry, throughout the recruiting process, has never publicly identified a favorite.