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February 6, 2014
Western Albemarle QB finds home
After spending a good portion of the New Year traveling up and down the east coast when not in school, Western Albemarle's Kent Henry has made his decision to attend Franklin and Marshall to further his education and continue to pursue his love of the gridiron.
The Class of 2014 prospect most recently visited the Division III School located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as part of a five day road trip that sent Henry to four different universities for visits. While there were several different factors that played into the Warrior standout's decision to choose Franklin and Marshall, there was one that was different from the other visits he had taken.
"From the time I got there I loved it," Henry said. "It just felt like home. All of the coaches are awesome and they seemed like my kind of people. I have family nearby and they offered what I wanted in academics and athletics."
Henry called himself a Pennsylvania boy and the fact that he has family located around the state along with an uncle that lives in Lancaster seemed to present a bit of a homecoming for the high school senior.
One other interesting tidbit to go along with Henry's commitment is that he will become the third generation of his family to play college football in the Centennial Conference. His grandfather played for Juniata College and his father was a player at Susquehanna University. The proximity to family along with the athletic and educational possibilities that were presented rounded out Henry's call.
Henry exceled as a dual threat quarterback for Western Albemarle during his high school career that topped the 10,000 yard plateau while accounting for 131 touchdowns and will get an opportunity to play at the signal caller position for the Diplomats.
"They run a spread/zone read system on offense which is what I have been running at Western so I will get a chance to stay in my position and continue to do some of the things I have been doing," Henry said. "Obviously there are no guarantees but the coach told me that they had a senior quarterback graduate so if I can come in and learn the offense, I will have shot to play as a freshman."
Educationally, Henry plans to pursue his interest in geoscience and noted that Franklin and Marshall is proclaimed to be one of the top 20 schools in the nation in geoscience as it relates to the oil field.
By coming to a decision, Henry says that completing his quest to find a college that offers everything he wants in terms of location, athletics, and academics is a big relief.
"This is definitely a big weight off of my shoulders and I can finally tell people where I am going instead of where I'm looking," Henry added.
Robert Edmonds joined the Virginia Preps staff midway through 2013. He covered the Piedmont area for the site during the 2013 football campaign and provides insight on player profiles and recruiting news for players from around the state. He has been contributing sports coverage in the newspaper industry since 2006 and also currently does correspondence work with The Daily Progress and The News-Virginian. Follow him on twitter @bigrob2523 and send comments and suggestions to him directly at [email protected].