Rob Henry has the persona and attitude that many Purdue fans will soon learn to follow and love. He led his Trinity Catholic High School team to the Florida state championships, where they fell to three time repeat champions, Pahokee. He committed to Purdue, and went out of his way to forge relationships with current committed recruits. With these relationships forged, he looks to become that of quarterback legend for the Boilermakers, following in the footsteps of Drew Brees and Kyle Orton.
"Everything just fit with what I wanted to do with both football and academics. I want to major in engineering, and the engineering program is the best in the country for the most part. Football wise, with Coach Hope, there's a few small changes he wants to do as far as quarterback. Throwing the ball, zone reads, being in the shotgun a lot – that's what I want to do in college" Henry told BoilerSportsReport.
While he is only rated a two star gunslinger, the championship attitude Henry brings to the table, both on and off the field, will prove to be far more important than star ratings.
"I like to think of myself as someone who can make plays. Whether I have to run the ball, or sit in the pocket and throw it, or even if I have to extend the play by scrambling and then throwing the ball - whatever it takes to make plays. Off the field, I just try to maintain my academics. I've a 3.9 my whole life. I want to be an engineer so that's going to take a lot of work academically. I'm just going to work hard on and off the field."
It's been noted countless times how important the effort of recruiting in the state of Florida will be vital to the success of the Boiler program. Landing Henry will prove to be just as much, even as he's spread himself across his own state to make contact and forge relationships with current commits.
"It's great. I've gotten to know pretty much everybody across Florida that's committed to Purdue. We all keep in touch, and already started to build our relationships. It's going to be great, I can't wait. Ishmael Aristide, from Orlando, I talk to him at least once a week. We text back and forth, and talk about all sorts of stuff, like the kids we're recruiting and whatnot."
Recruiting is certainly something that Henry spends a great deal of time with. He's been the lead in trying to sell other prospects on the Boiler program, especially those who could potentially catch passes for him.
"I talk to a lot of kids. I talked to Xavier Reese before he committed. Currently I'm talking to Eric Williams, Sterling Griffin, and Chris Omigie. I just tell them the reasons I committed, and how much I really like it up there. Everything they're saying is positive. We talk about our seasons, and a bunch of different stuff."
He'll certainly get his chance to recruit more when he steps in West Lafayette for his official visit for the January 16th weekend.
"I'm going on my official visit January 16th and I'm going to try to get everything situated to start the first of June."
Rob Henry is one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of Florida this year and Scout.com…