Defensive end KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., will announce his college commitment Dec. 20 at his school.
He has been set on Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Alabama for sometime, though he was not able to make his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. Speaking with reporters after Monday morning’s Shrine Bowl practice, Henry disclosed another major element in his decision-making process.
His father, Keith Henry, is the running backs coach at Charlotte. With schools being able to add a 10th full-time assistant in January, it’s possible the elder Henry could land a job at one of his son’s final choices, and the younger Henry said that’s something he has to take into consideration.
“Out of my five schools, if my dad were to end up anywhere, obviously that’s what he loves to do and he is part of my family and I like all five schools enough to where that could be a big decision coming forward,” Henry said. “It’s nothing where it is an analyst type deal or anything like that, but if he could go in and coach that would be big.
“At the same time, we have already talked about that. He is not pressuring me like if he were to get a job he’s letting every coach know that doesn’t ensure that I’m committing there. It’s still my decision, but it is definitely something I think about.”
Henry met last week with Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and USC’s Will Muschamp. Both have made their mark with him.
“Obviously, Coach (Dabo) Swinney has been a great guy and great recruiter in that aspect,” Henry said. “With Coach (Todd) Bates coming in I think is the biggest thing. I had a really good relationship with Coach (Marion) Hobby, but Coach Bates is a genuine guy and has been really good taking that spot. Not really forcing it because he knows I had a good relationship with the last coach.”
Muschamp “definitely talked about me being a trailblazer there,” Henry said. “Just like Jadeveon Clowney and guys like that. The fact they have made progress over the last couple of years, which you can see just in their record so it went well.”
The relationship with Muschamp has been very important, Henry said.
“I tell a lot of people out of the head coaches he is definitely the one I talk to the most,” he said. “He’s taking my recruitment straight into his hands. I know he is a defensive head coach and that speaks a lot to that school and him himself.”
Henry will announce his decision at 4:20 PM via ESPN from his school on Dec. 20.