Travin Henry: WR commits to Georgia Tech

WR Travin Henry (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

WR Travin Henry (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

Travin Henry had a fast and furious courtship with Georgia Tech that ended with his commitment to the Yellow Jackets on Sunday.

Henry is a 6-foot-3 wide receiver from Cook High School who weighed in at 227 pounds during this weekend’s official visit to Georgia Tech. He picked the Yellow Jackets over offers from Middle Tennessee State and Memphis, and also had interest from Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

“I’d been hearing from Georgia Tech since my sophomore year but really not a lot recently,” Henry told the AJC. “Two weeks ago, they called my coach out of nowhere and it just went from there.”

Henry was originally scheduled to go on a recruiting trip to Memphis this weekend, but switched to Georgia Tech after he was told he had a scholarship offer. He toured the campus, and gave the news to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on Sunday. “Coach Johnson got up and shook my hand when I told him,” Henry said. “I’m excited about it. I like my visit and everything about the school. There was not any reason for me not to commit.”

Henry said the possibility of linebacker was discussed but that he prefers to play wide receiver. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds.  “They said I was a pretty big dude for wide receiver and if I grow too much that I could play linebacker,” Henry said. “But I want to play wide receiver. That’s the position I love.”

Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports, on Henry: “I really liked his tape and saw him at one camp this year. He is a bigger type of receiver that is not stiff. I thought he used his body well in tight coverage and was able to create separation from defensive backs. He is more athletic than people are giving him credit for. I see him in the same mold as Jason Croom at Norcross as 6-3 hybrid-type WR.”

  • Note: We’ve talked about Henry on this blog before. We thought he was one of the state’s most overlooked seniors, probably because he was a little off the beaten path for college recruiters at Cook. Take a look at his YouTube video below and let us know what you think. And remember he’s 6-3, 227.
  • RELATED: Georgia Tech co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer is not expected back with the team, according to JacketsOnline.com and CoachingSearch.com. When contacted on Saturday by the AJC, Sandy Creek OL Will Adams said he was aware of the situation: “I heard something like that may happen, and that’s one of the main reasons I decided to visit Auburn.” Adams committed to Georgia Tech last summer and got last-minute offers from Auburn and UGA on Thursday, opting to visit Auburn. He remained committed to Georgia Tech on Saturday. Check back later for an update … The state’s top kicker for 2013, Westminster’s Harrison Butker, said he was offered by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on Friday …

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218 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:08 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:10 pm

I don’t see the video, but last one I saw on him just showed him at DE, does this one show him at WR

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:10 pm

oh there it is

Rick James

January 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

Over MTSU and Memphis..Wow,big time!

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:13 pm

oh yea, he looks a lot better at WR then DE, what a pickup

Atlantan

January 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

Welcome Travin – look forward to seeing you on the Flats.

Cliff Claven

January 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

WTF!!!! MTSU and Memphis??? No wonder our ship is sinking.

kb

January 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

The Sunbelt Conference is going to put a hit out on PJ if he keeps stealing their recruits.I can see why Mid tenn and Tech are playing, they compete for many of the same recruits.

Jacket Man

January 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

People didn’t think too highly of Jemea Thomas and Julian Burnett when they committed to the Jackets, either, and I’d say they turned out just fine, thank you very much.

GTwreck1

January 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

That bothers me at Coach Spencer. It cost us the Lanier County kid, and likely Will Adam too. Unfortunately, I’ve heard there more be some more bad things coming out about the Spencer deal. I hope we can hold it together until Wednesday.

collegeballfan

January 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

Works for me. Looks like D. Thomas a few years ago.

And he catches the ones over the middle.

But do not be surprised to see him at OLB in a couple of years.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

Hells Yeah!!!! Huge pickup for us! I think he will catch at least 12 passes during his career. Dogs stand no chance now!!!! I didn’t think we had a chance over Middle Tennessee State, but I’ll be we got a 2 star WR!!!!!!

The Factor

January 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

This kid sounds like a great get. Congrats. Very fast for that size.

kb

January 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

Another project , for a staff that has has shown zero propensity developing players.

Dawg48

January 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

Take that will Adams!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

BigTime, it was stated in the article that he really didn’t get a lot of attention at Cook; that doesn’t mean he’s not any good. There are plenty of good players at small or unknown schools throughout the state who seldom if ever get noticed and thus never even get the chance to prove themselves. It pays to take chances with kids like that, because you never know how they will turn out until they get the opportunity to do so. He could well be a diamond in the rough, but some would discount him because he doesn’t have the “credentials” of having played 4A or 5A HS football. Since we had the opening and are in need of receivers, I think it’s a good move, no matter what other colleges were considering him.

Worm

January 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

ADAMS did NOT have an offer from UGA!

Bob Horner

January 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

Awesome, another recruit that picked Tech over MTSU. The washed up Tech coaching staff must follow behind MTSU on the recruiting trail and offer any player that they do as that is the only school they know they can compete with.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:32 pm

48, the article says that even as late as Saturday, Adams SAYS he is still committed to Tech. Wonder if there will still be an opening for him when he gets back from Auburn.

Ramblin Man

January 29th, 2012
1:32 pm

As the article said he was reported to be one of the most overlooked players in the state. He looks good on tape and who knows he may turn out to be a great player. Just curious how many kids play WR/DE as those don’t normally go together. Welcome to the flats.

nash

January 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

look for this young man to grow into a outstanding line backer. This young man all most on the same level as JHC and, with the right coaching he could easily be someone we all talk about on Sat in the fall

Bug Zapper

January 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

Supersize, I know your right, but I’m tired of two star players that didn’t have any other decent offers. I feel we are trying to get excited over something that most other good schools would laugh at. The kid is ranked 169th in the state according to espn. No other big offers, but at least we are smarter than everyone else. Right?

Jacket Fan

January 29th, 2012
1:42 pm

Maybe we can get the Cook County staff to come up here and show us how to throw some 15 yard outs.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

BigTime, I’m no expert, so I can’t compare any one player to any other one, but some of those catches in that video were pretty impressive, especially the one-handed one that started it all off. I particularly like his leaping ability; he can really get up there. I don’t really care whether other schools look at somebody or not. Remember UGA didn’t want Cam Newton for QB, and we see how he did in that position at Auburn. Other schools don’t necessarily know any more than anybody else.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Jacket Fan, if you watch that video, not all of those passes were particularly good ones, but he still managed to catch them. By the way, I am impressed that we have already made an offer to the state’s top kicker for 2013. We NEED a good kicker.

Bob Horner

January 29th, 2012
1:50 pm

You NEED more than a good kicker, you NEED real coaches, real athletes and players, a real stadium, a real athletic dept with money, and a real fan base that will fill up a high school sized stadium.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Supersize, Ya but No offers from Clemson, FSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tenn, LSU (in todays world players really are not overlooked)…. I think you get my point. Cam Newton? I’m pretty sure Auburn paid Cam’s Dad, oh and I think Georgia had Mathew Stafford at QB with Aaron Murray waiting in the wings. I think. I’m not sure why they would have been interested in a Juco qb when you have the other two. Wonder why we weren’t smart enough to get Cam? Oh Well time to get back to the books! Have a great day Supersize! Rock on Jacket Nation!

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Supersize, did you see Worm’s comment? LMAO. Supersize, you can predict the future!!!’

Dawg48

January 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

SS, he probably just went for the party is my guess.

1 4 GT

January 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

I don’t see any reason to be all sarcastic about this kid. HS football is High School football, no matter the classification. Classification is determined bu average daily attendance, not quality of athletics. Can a teen aged kid determine where his family lives. Some of the lower class schools have really good players too. I watched his video and he looks very good. Making really good, athletic catches and moves. Even runs the ball out of a wildcat formation. Good speed, no burner, but fast for a big guy. I’ll be glad to see him on the Flats and look forward to him having a good career at GT.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

Yesterday looks like a very good day. Welcome to the Flats, Mr. Henry. Look forward to seeing you in Old Gold and White. The most important thing, however, is to make good use of your free education. It will stand you in good stead the rest of your life.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

IL Jacket, the dwags have been claiming all weekend that Adams didn’t get an offer from UGA. I have no idea whether he did or not, but it’s entirely possible he didn’t because he essentially told them where they could stuff it if they did make one. It’s pretty clear that some kind of contact was made, whether they extended an offer or not. I hope for his sake that there’s still an opening for him at Tech when he gets back, but he knew the chances, and he was willing to take them.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

Funny that the word “yesterday” is acceptable on this blog but not on one I tried to post on yesterday. I had to type yest rday instead. Screwed up filters

Ghost

January 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

Pj reaching for anything he can get. This staff has shown no propensity to deveop talent . offering the Kicker from Westminster and him signing are two different things. Pj rarely seems gets a recruit he targets as #1. Pj scourge of the Sunbelt conference. Now its easier to understand the series with MTSU Tech swims in the same recruiting pool. It’s obvious Pj is in over his head trying to build a BCS program.

George Stein

January 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

Troll hard, Bob Horner.

GT fan

January 29th, 2012
1:58 pm

Impressive size on the kid….he look’s bigger than 6′3″ but he also looks slower than 4.5. Got good hands too. Dang, if he works on his speed, he could be a punishing b-back!

His DE play is good too. 6′3″ 227 lbs … very versatile. Won’t be surprised to see him at WR or LB/DE. Nice looking player.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

Well they know better than MC right? They are so plugged in with the UGA recruiting. I think Will said something about putting it where the sun don’t shine, but I didn’t hear the whole conversation.

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

I do not think Cook County High should be “off the beaten path for college recruiters.” It has a good high school tradition for football in the center of football country here even though it is in a different classification with Lowdnes, Valdosta, etc. It has easy access off of I-75. I think this is a good move by Tech. On tape Travin appears thinner than 227, but boy the tapes I’ve seen really look good showcasing a quick and in your face defensive player. I have a hunch that, with Travin’s goal of being a wide-receiver, that he will fit right in with Tech’s offense and become, with a little hard work, someone who can follow in the footsteps of Stephen Hill and maybe DT of the Broncos. Nice to see one of South Georgia’s finest get the opportunity to be a Jacket. Study hard Travin! We are proud of you!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

Ghost, regardless of their pathetic performance in this year’s Orange Bowl, Clemson is hardly in the lower tier of teams like MTSU, and yet CPJ seems to own them. What is it? 3 out of 4? Not too shabby.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
2:00 pm

Wait, I think it may be 4 out of 5.

IL Jacket

January 29th, 2012
2:01 pm

Glad to see CPJ rethinking the kicker scholarship issue. This Butker sounds like a good one.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ghost, certainly offering and signing are two different things, but PJ had not even offered a quality kicker in the past. It’s good that he got in with this kid so early.

GT fan

January 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

2-star, 72 grade …… those are Will Adams’ evaluations per the ESPN recruiting page.

No idea why there’s so much uproar over him visiting AU (i.e. it’s no big loss if someone else gets his spot, especially if there’s a hidden 3-star, 75-77 grade OL out there).

I totally agree with PJ ……. don’t be a doormat for the kid. If he’s still looking, then so should PJ/GT.

1 4 GT

January 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

I believe Cam went to Blinn College (juco?) in Tx and won a nat’l championship there, then transferred to Auburn. Pretty much everyone overlooked him at 1st.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

Il Jacket, the comment Adams made, according to the blog article, was “that ship already sailed.” So I imagine they contacted him and before even attempting to make an offer, he told the to f off.

Cliff Claven

January 29th, 2012
2:05 pm

Harrison Butker from Westminster is not just the top kicker in the state…..He’s the top rated kicker in the COUNTRY!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 29th, 2012
2:06 pm

GT fan, I am with you on that. Like I said, I hope for Adams’ sake that there’s still an opening for him, but it is what it is. Nobody forced him to go to Auburn.

GTBob

January 29th, 2012
2:06 pm

It’s obvious Pj is in over his head trying to build a BCS program.

Good grief. You sound like a middle school girl. Sorry he isn’t a 5 star. What he is, is a talented player with good size, and hands who wants to come to GT. We will take these guys any day.

GT Man

January 29th, 2012
2:08 pm

See we “stoled” another MTSU and Memphis offered kid. The Butker is a good one–finally PJ is going after a kicker.