March 20, 2012

Henyon garnering interest, talks TCU

Being around a college football program your entire childhood can be one of the most enjoyably experiences life has to offer.

That experience is taken to another level when the time comes and that program is taking a hard look at you to possibly lead it in the future.

Such is the case of Fort Worth Trinity Valley quarterback Austin Henyon.
Henyon, who visited TCU's practice last Thursday, has been about as close to the Frogs' program as you can get.

His mother played basketball for TCU and his father did work for the Frogs in the trenches at offensive guard. Henyon has spent as much time at his hometown school as humanly possible and has gotten plenty of attention from the Frogs' coaching staff in the last several months.

"We had season tickets and I can't remember missing more than one game when they were home," he said.

"I've gone to their camp every year since my freshman year and they have been in constant contact since we are always close. I went on an unofficial visit when they played Louisiana-Monroe last year."

Now the left-hander, who posted 3,200-plus yards of offense and 30 touchdowns as a junior last season, is hearing from the TCU staff on a regular basis and enjoyed his visit to take in the Frogs' scrimmage Thursday.

"Coach (Rusty) Burns told me they were at one of our games this year and liked what they saw," he said.

"I talked to Coach Patterson before the practice. He'd come up and talk to me a little bit as well as Coach Sharp," he said. "After practice, I talked to Coach Burns for about 30 or 45 minutes. He said he had been at a few of our games this year."

Since the end of his junior campaign, Henyon has been busy.

He had the opportunity to spend several days over the Christmas break working one on one with former NFL and Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke at the heralded IMG academy in Florida. Afterward, he participated in the Under Armour All-American Bowl Combine (where he was top 20), the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Combine as well as the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio.

He'll participate in the Elite 11 challenge this weekend in the Metroplex and will go up against some of the top talent in the state. He feels he has fared well during his travels across the country.

"I thought I compared very well," he said. "A lot of people don't expect the private school kids to be as good as the public school kids..but I thought I compared very well with the big names out there. (Wichita Falls Rider QB) JT Barrett was out there and I thought I did very well compared to him and I know I can compete with everybody - not just private school kids."

In a game against one of Trinity Valley's rivals, Henyon went beast-mode and accounted for 340 passing yards and five touchdowns while toting the rock nine times for 130 yards.

He visited SMU last season and attended a junior day at North Texas recently.

Auburn extended a junior day invitation and Oregon State, Kansas State, Tulsa, several Ivy League schools as well as many other schools have shown interest.

And if his family's TCU ties weren't enough, Henyon is good friends with Fort Worth All Saints tight end Charlie Reid, who holds an offer from the Frogs.

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