Oregon State has made a late addition to their 2016 football recruiting class, adding defensive back Chris Henry from Los Angeles.
It's OFFICIAL I WILL BE JOINING THE PAC-12!!! Oregon State here I come!!! pic.twitter.com/78kpKW6e0X— Chris Henry (@henrychf1) June 16, 2016
Henry is a 6'2", 175 lb. cornerback. He played the 2014 season for southern California powerhouse Mater Dei High, but transferred to Hamilton High for his senior season.
He's attending orientation this week at Oregon State, and will begin classes for summer session next week.
Henry initially had interests from Arizona, Washington State, and Colorado in the Pac-12, as well as Michigan State and Toledo, but no Power-5 offers ever materialized. Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah State of the Mt. West did offer, but the attraction of playing in the Pac-12 appealed to Henry.
"I'm excited to compete in the Pac-12," Henry said to several media members, including Oregon Live and to us. "But I'm more excited to represent Beaver Nation. I chose Oregon State because they fit my style of play on the defense of side, and academically, it's a great school."
The opportunity for Gary Andersen to offer Henry, and the need to scramble and find someone, arose when 4 star safety recruit Shurod Thompson failed to qualify academically earlier this spring, creating a hole in the secondary, and then 3 star WR Tyson Penn from Bellevue also immaterialized last week, also an academic non-qualifier once the end of the academic year arrived.