Henyon on the Frogs' radar

Henyon on the Frogs' radar

Ft. Worth Trinity Valley quarterback Austin Henyon is receiving strong interest from several programs, including TCU, his childhood favorite.

The state of Texas boasts arguably the best crop of quarterbacks the nation has to offer for the 2013 class. There are several headliners among the group, yet it seems each day others are adding offers or gaining more interest.

That could be said for Ft. Worth Trinity Valley signal caller Auston Henyon. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was one of the top producing quarterbacks in the DFW area in 2011 completing 158-of-280 passes for 2,554 yards and 23 scores. He also added 469 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.

Although he doesn't hold an offer, Henyon is receiving interest from the likes of Oregon State, SMU, Kansas State, Auburn, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Penn, Duke, Memphis, North Texas and TCU among others.

Henyon has attended a junior day at North Texas and had invites to several others but couldn't make it due to his basketball schedule. Last Thursday, Henyon made the short drive over to TCU's campus to watch the Horned Frogs go through one of their spring practices.

Although he had a feeling on what to expect, he says the practice was better than he could've imagined.

"I thought it was great, it was better than I expected," Henyon said of the Frogs' practice. "It was a lot fast than I thought it would because I heard Coach Patterson moves practices real quickly."

Henyon was particularly impressed with the way the Frogs utilized their quarterbacks, noting the offense is very similar to his teams. Which shouldn't be a surprise, one of his coaches is former TCU quarterback Jeff Dover.

"It was great how they used the quarterback; they moved him around a lot from gun to under center. They got him out of the pocket, just depending on what they needed to do," he said. "We run an offense similar to TCU because our offensive coordinator played at TCU a few years ago."

TCU has offered a few quarterbacks from the 2013 class while hosting others on various junior days. Henyon says the Frogs have been showing steady interest and although they haven't offered he's been told he's near the top of their list.

"They've been showing a little bit," Henyon said. "I was talking with Coach Burns after the practice and he said that they had been to a couple of my games and keeping in contact with my coaches. He said he would be out in the spring to watch our spring ball and that I need to come to the camp. He said they're moving slow but I'm near the top of the list."

To say Henyon is familiar with TCU is putting it lightly. He was virtually a Horned Frog before he could even realize it; his father played for Jim Wacker in the 80's and his mother also played basketball for TCU. He definitely comes from a family that bleeds purple.

"I've been born and raised here and my dad played football there and my mom played basketball there. We just know a lot about TCU and we've always been involved and gone to the games," Henyon said. "I've been a Horned Frog basically since I was born."

With the desire to major in pre-med or business, he says education is his primary factor when he evaluates each school.

"I'm looking at the education primarily just because I want to make sure I have something to fall back on," Henyon said. "I'm hoping the school has a good academic program, I'm going to go into business or pre-med most likely so I'm looking for a place that has a strong business school or medical school."

To no surprise, Henyon says TCU is among his favorites and an offer from the Frogs would ease the recruiting process.

"That would just make everything a lot easier for me because I'd love to stay close to home," Henyon said. "My friend Charlie Reid got offered from them a few weeks ago so it would be cool to play with him if he decides to go there. They're easily in the top three."

When does he hope to have a decision made?

"I'd like to have it done by August so I don't have to worry about it during the season and just focus on winning a championship," Henyon said. "I just want to focus on the team and help us do the best we can and hopefully make it to a championship game."

Henyon will be at the Elite 11 competition this Saturday at Cowboys Stadium and hopes to perform well enough to get a coveted invite to Malibu this summer with the top 24 quarterbacks in the country.

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