Henry "Fell In Love" With NU

Posted Oct 12, 2011

When Fort Lauderdale running back Traveon Henry landed in Chicago, his biggest worry was whether he would stay warm in the Chicago fall. His weekend visit at Northwestern wasn’t supposed to be anything special—just another stop on his tour of visits. Little did Traveon know, that visit would clinch it—he would become a Wildcat.

On Wednesday night, Traveon Henry called Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and gave his verbal commitment.

While visiting campus, Henry heard all about the animated and enthusiastic Coach Fitzgerald, so he wasn’t surprised by his new coach’s reaction to his commitment.

“The first thing he did was yell,” Henry said. “That’s the kind of guy Coach Fitzgerald is. He’s excited to have me.”

Henry (6-foot-1, 200) also held offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Wake Forest, and others. He narrowed it down to four schools—Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Northwestern, but…..

“Northwestern just stuck out the most,” he said.

During his visit, Henry sat down with Coach Fitzgerald and got to talk with him, but was curious to hear what others had to say. Henry spoke with other commits from NU’s 2012 recruiting class such as Malin Jones, and all feedback on Fitzgerald was positive.

“Coach Fitzgerald cares,” Henry said. “He’s a Northwestern guy. He’s going to care for his own. It’s great to have someone like that taking care of me.”

Going into the visit, Henry did not expect he would be committing anytime soon. In fact, he never even gave Fitzgerald any hints of such an idea.

It was when Henry arrived back in Florida that he felt that feeling—Northwestern was the right place to be.

“I was just coming in thinking it was a normal visit,” he said. “I came in with the same mindset I had on my Duke visit. I just wanted to see what the school had to offer me. I fell in love with the school.”

While visiting with the other 2012 commits, Henry began to get excited about the Wildcats’ future.

“Northwestern is going to make major moves,” said Henry

Henry is the 65th-ranked running back according to Scout.com, but Northwestern—like many other schools—have him projected out to play safety in college.

With the recruiting process completed, Henry said he feels “like the monkey is off (his) back.” He is thrilled to have chosen Northwestern.

“At the end of the day, Northwestern is what I was looking for because I get the best of both worlds,” Henry said. “I get a great education and get to play in the Big Ten. Northwestern is going to prepare me for life. When you meet Coach Fitz, he grows young men. That’s huge.”

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