Dawgs hope Hunter Henry boosts tradition

Later this month, the Georgia Bulldogs will likely see at least one of their tight ends selected in the 2012 NFL draft, continuing what has become a solid tradition in Athens for the position. With junior Arthur Lynch as the only returning tight end (two catches, 17 yards) with game experience at the position, the Bulldogs are hoping to add another elite prospect in the 2013 recruiting class to keep the pipeline going.

One of those targets was on campus Saturday was Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy), and the former Georgia resident saw a lot that caught his eye while taking in the G-Day spring scrimmage, among other things.

“The Georgia coaching staff, talking to Coach [Mark] Richt, their philosophy, how they plan to use me and the different things I have seen from them in the past at tight end really stood out,” Henry said. “Athens is a great place to be, it was a great visit and it was definitely impressive.”

Henry caught 64 passes for 1,093 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a junior for an undefeated championship team that beat its opponents by an average of 30 points. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end earned over 20 offers, including one from the Georgia staff. After visiting Tennessee and Vanderbilt earlier in the week, Henry was able to see the advantages of playing ‘Between the Hedges.”

“Talking to Coach [John] Lilly, watching tape and looking at the tight ends in the draft and in the NFL already, they are going to get the ball to me in different situations to help me succeed, so that is definitely a good thing,” Henry said.

On Sunday, Henry concluded his spring trip with a visit to Tuscaloosa to check out the Crimson Tide. Henry admits he is not ready to name any favorites, but the Bulldogs have put themselves in great position so far.

“It is wide open right now and I am looking at different places, but I feel great about Georgia,” Henry said. “I am going to give them a hard look.”