Gerome Henry committed to Kansas less than 10 days ago, but in no way is his recruitment shut down.
The fast-rising Class of 2019 wide receiver made an unofficial visit to LSU on Saturday and will head out to West Virginia on July 29. The Tigers are paying close attention to Henry.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Louisiana native that currently resides in Houston spent this weekend getting familiar with LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and coach Ed Orgeron, who will all be evaluating Henry into his junior season when he could reel in an offer.
“They were very proud to have me there,” Henry told SEC Country. “They’re ready to see how my junior year is going to go. Knowing the athlete that I am, I know that they’re going to offer me.”
This was Henry’s first unofficial visit to Baton Rouge, but the wideout is very familiar with the state.
Henry is originally from New Orleans. His cousin is former NFL wide receiver Chris Henry, who prepped at Belle Chasse (La.) High School on the city’s West Bank. Henry lived in the Crescent City through the seventh grade before his family relocated to Houston.
Returning to The Boot and visiting LSU loomed large for Henry, who still views the Tigers as his hometown school.
“The community … everybody knows everybody and it’s like they’re one machine. Everybody is together,” Henry explained. “I loved to be back in my home state.”
Henry spent the bulk of Saturday afternoon alongside Joseph, his primary recruiter, and Canada, who detailed how he would utilize the wide receiver in LSU’s new-look offense.
The conversations centered around grades and fit in the scheme, then outlined when an offer could come. Don’t be surprised if it followed Henry’s first varsity season at Westfield (Texas) High School.
“They asked about my grades and how it felt to be home and how my junior season was going to be,” he said. “My grades are good and I told them about my SAT scores and that I loved to be back in my home state. My season … that’s going to be one to remember.”
As far as fit in the offense, Canada envisions Henry as a true athlete.
Henry could see snaps at wide receiver — both out wide and in the slot — and also see action out of the backfield. That appeals to him.
“He [Canada] said that my playing style would be a headache for defenses,” Henry said. “They want to be able to move around, from the slot to wide receiver to even running back. I just have to stay agile.”
Henry pledged to Kansas on July 14, a little more than a month after landing his overture. He expects LSU and a host of others to follow suit in time.
If and when the Tigers make their play, Henry admits it will be difficult to ignore his hometown school.
“I know that something might change before it’s time to sign those papers on National Signing Day,” he said.