Michael Henry is officially Andre Rison's first FBS recruit since the former NFL and Michigan State star took over as head coach last year.
The 5'11, 160-lb wide receiver was offered by Western Michigan recently after speaking with his recruiter, Amp Campbell.
"It feels great. I didn't now anyone was looking at me," Henry admitted. "I get letters, but it's printed like every student athlete is getting those letters, but I took a visit, and they showed a lot of interest. They said they are interested in me coming there. It feels awesome."
It is a great feeling, not just because it is the first offer, but also because Western is a school Henry was impressed with.
"The school, it was a nice facility. Everything's close together. It wasn't spread out like I would have a class over here and wouldn't have to walk out a building and go a mile down. Coach Bill Cubit was very nice. He treated me like I played on the team already. I like that he's interested in me coming there next fall."
Rison has taken his star pupil to his old stomping grounds at MSU, and there are other Big Ten programs interested as well.
"We visited Michigan State. I got letters from Iowa, Michigan sent me a letter, and Illinois sent me a letter."
The trip to East Lansing was a good one as well.
"It was very nice. I had already viewed their facilities. That was like second trip there cause coach takes there in the summer for 7 on 7, so he showed us around. We didn't talk to Coach Dantonio, but we talked to the defensive coordinator. One of their coaches, Coach Barnett, he recruits our area. He said he'd give Coach Dantonio my information."
Rison has been instrumental in Henry's development, not just as a receiver and recruit, but also as a young man.
"He puts a lot of time and effort into teaching me routes, as far as, practice, and extra work. He shows me the basics. He also shows me how to be on and off field."