Sunday, February 17, 2013
WR Henson talks KU junior day
By Damon Sayles
Wide receiver Mikey Henson (Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley) was one of several athletes on hand Saturday for Kansas’ junior day, and he left with a new perspective on the campus and the program.
An athletic, 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver, Henson said he thoroughly enjoyed himself and is excited about the direction the Jayhawks are taking. Although he didn’t pick up an offer at the event, Henson said Kansas is high on his list.
“The atmosphere was a big thing that made me like KU,” Henson said. “I really like how they focus on preparing their athletes for their careers outside of sports rather than focusing on the sports, then the careers. The atmosphere was ecstatic, and the history you are presented was amazing.”
Henson said he has been in touch with a recent Kansas signee, three-star quarterback Jordan Darling (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Shawnee Mission East), who has been talking up the Kansas experience. Henson said he’d like to have Darling as a target at the college level.
Being around the environment Saturday helped Henson to increase his appreciation for the program and its surroundings. He described Kansas as a “compassionate atmosphere” and said he can see himself playing in that environment.
“Everyone cares about everyone, both inside the football program and in the community,” he said. “It reminded me a lot of what it’s like in the Blue Valley community.”
Henson caught 41 passes for 691 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. In addition to being a standout receiver, he’s also a state-qualifying long jumper, high jumper and triple jumper in track and field.