In Alabama’s 21-0 win over LSU in the BCS title game, the Crimson Tide took full advantage of their tight ends. Brad Smelley led the team with seven receptions, and Michael Williams and Chris Underwood recorded two catches apiece.
That’s one reason why Alabama is still looking for another tight end in the 2013 class even though it has a commitment from ESPN 150 star O.J. Howard, the nation’s No. 2 player at the position.
It’s also a reason why Little Rock, Ark., tight end Hunter Henry has the Crimson Tide among his six finalists.
“It’s definitely impressive that they were doing that [in the championship] and used all of those guys,” Henry said. “They use multiple tight ends, so it’s definitely an impressive place, and it’s good to see they use their tight ends.”
In addition to Alabama, Henry is also considering Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt. He visited all six schools this spring, and now it’s time to choose between them and make a decision.
“Mostly all the schools I really like, and I can see myself at each one of the schools,” Henry said. “Now, it’s just getting comfortable with all of them, growing relationships with each one and seeing where I should be and figuring that out.”
The Alabama coaching staff, in particular Mike Groh, has talked to the 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect about not only being a great pass catcher, but also becoming a great blocker so he can factor in both the passing game and the running game.
“They want someone that can stay on the field most of the time,” Henry said. “They know I can go down the field, run routes and catch the ball, but they want to make me a great blocker so I can stay on the field for them. That way, you don’t have to switch tight ends in and out.”
Henry visited Tuscaloosa in April for the Tide’s spring game, and he wants make a return trip next week to compete at their camp. He would also love to visit Georgia for Dawg Night on Friday, but the trip is still up in the air.
“I really would love to get out and compete at the camps,” he said.
As for a decision, Henry hasn’t set a date or anything, but he says when he’s ready to commit to a school, he’ll commit.