“It feels great, but it just makes me want to work harder — get better,” he told reporters at the camp Monday.
Henry Jr. is set to play for West Clermont High School in Batavia this fall, and the Buckeyes are certainly not going to be the last big offer.
Listed at 6-3, 170, he already has offers from his father’s alma mater, West Virginia, and Marshall, Connecticut and Grambling according to 247Sports.
“It’s a surprise, but I think I earned it because I worked for it,” he said of his early offers. “It just makes me want to get better.”
Henry’s father was a standout for the Bengals from 2005-09, but his life was cut short when he died from injuries suffered from falling out of a pickup truck in December 2009.
He caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns in 55 pro games.
“He inspired me because I want to work as hard as he did and make it to the places he’s been and to be better than him,” said Henry Jr., who was a baby at the time of his father’s death.
He and his brother have been adopted by another former Bengal — Adam “Pacman” Jones, who also played at West Virginia with the elder Henry.
“He helps me get better every day and helps me grow as a person,” Henry Jr. said of Jones, who he described both as a father figure, uncle and agent.
On a podcast hosted by Shannon Sharpe of FoxSports last fall, Jones said the boys are “freaks of nature when it comes to sports, but it’s a love thing when it comes to our household. We love each other hard. We cry together. We pray together. We do everything together.”