October 5, 2010
Kentucky tight end recounts Ole Miss visit
A tough schedule and several close losses have caused Mitchell Henry's Elizabethtown, Ky., team to stagger out to an 0-6 start, an undeniably ugly record.
Henry's individual performances are quite the opposite.
"Last week I tied the record for most receiving yards in (Kentucky) in one game," said Henry. "Individually, it's going pretty good."
The tight end amassed 325 reception yards and two touchdowns with 13 catches in Elizabethtown's latest game, a 48-47 loss to the Glasgow Scotties.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end first visited Oxford in July for the Ole Miss Senior Camp, where he spoke with Rebel tight ends coach James Shibest, who wanted to see more of Henry's blocking abilities - as his highlight tapes mainly showcased his receiving and route-running prowess.
"I'm (blocking) a lot better than last year," Henry noted. "I'm still not in a three point stance and that's probably what they want to see more of, but I'm doing a pretty good job blocking. They'll see it."
Henry possesses offers from Memphis, Bowling Green, and Western Kentucky. Marshall and Ole Miss are two schools who remain in contact with Henry and could be on the verge of offering a scholarship.
"I went to Marshall (on September 25) and that went pretty good," Henry added. "They contact me a lot. (Marshall) and Ole Miss contact me a lot so far."
Henry followed his trip to Marshall with his second visit to Ole Miss for the Rebels' contest against Henry's home-state Kentucky Wildcats. Henry reported another thoroughly enjoyable trip to Ole Miss.
"It went really good, I really enjoyed the visit down there. Overall, I just walked around and met all the coaches and it went really good," said Henry. "It was nice, we walked through the grove and saw all those people tailgating. It was pretty unreal. You go to all these other colleges and see these people tailgating at other places, but nothing compares until you've been down there. It was pretty neat.
"The atmosphere was great. I've been to several other college games and a lot of them don't even compare to Ole Miss' atmosphere. Fans were crazy and I really like it down there."
The tight end hand-delivered the blocking highlights Shibest requested, and learned where he stands in terms of a scholarship offer from the Rebels.
"(Shibest) is trying to see a little more blocking and waiting on a kid out of Memphis to decide where he's going before they offer me," added Henry.
Henry has 43 catches, 772 yards, and 7 touchdowns in his senior campaign. He's also visited Louisville and Western Kentucky earlier this season.
"I also start at defensive end and play outside linebacker, and I do all of the special teams, too," Henry said. "I don't come out."
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