Rice football should be considered a frontrunner for 2019 defender John Hunter Henry, a player that’s already buying into Intellectual Brutality.
There were a lot of changes made at South Main when Mike Bloomgren took over as the 19th head football coach at Rice. Some were subtle, others were front and center. One of the programs’ more obvious pivots was the adoption of the phrase “Intellectual Brutality”.
A blend of high football IQ and tenacious effort, the catchphrase has quickly been assimilated into the culture of Rice football. And recruits are already starting to take notice.
2019 linebacker/safety John Hunter Henry couldn’t be more thrilled about the direction Rice is heading right now. “Intellectual Brutality really fits me well,” he said, “I love that saying because I have a very physical style of play and coaches have always said I have a high football IQ.” Recruits that fit that mold, like Henry, will be the building blocks for a new regime at Rice.
The versatile defender has an offer from the Owls and will be a priority this fall. He’s played linebacker, corner and safety in high school and considers himself a jack-of-all-trades of sorts on the defensive side of the ball. Henry couldn’t put himself in any one box, “I can play anywhere and be comfortable,” he admitted, “I understand the game of football and what offenses are trying to do to me.”
A 3-star recruit from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Henry has five offers so far – HBU, Liberty, Princeton, Texas State and Rice. The Owls got into the race for his commitment early and had him on campus this summer, an experience that Henry loved.
Henry plans on getting back to campus at least once to catch a game this fall. After that, he anticipates a decision on his future in the coming months. He doesn’t have a specific timetable as of yet.