2026 Wide Receiver Chris Henry Jr. Commits to Ohio State After Attending the Buckeyes' SummerFest Camp

By Chase Brown on July 28, 2023 at 7:49 pm
Chris Henry Jr.

Chris Henry Jr. will be an Ohio State Buckeye.

One of over 35 visitors at Ohio State's SummerFest, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound wide receiver prospect made it official after the event, revealing to Eleven Warriors and other media outlets that he will play his college ball for Ryan Day, Brian Hartline and the Buckeyes as part of the program's class of 2026.

“I’m committing to Ohio State, most definitely," Henry said outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Friday. "It just felt like a great day. To be here, it just made it feel (right). Brought my uncle to see, because he was the one telling me to slow down. I was ready. When I talked to Coach Day, it was like no point in waiting anymore. … It’s just hard to turn down. It’s perfect for me and it fits me.”

The Henry Jr. File

  • Class: 2026
  • Size: 6-5, 185
  • Pos: WR
  • School: Withrow High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Ohio State offered Henry, the son of late Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry Sr., in June 2022 before he even played a game of high school football.

As part of the class of 2026, he does not yet have a ranking from 247Sports, On3, Rivals or ESPN. Still, Henry is considered a five-star-caliber prospect by many recruiting experts and has the potential to be one of the top prospects in his class when all is said and done. After his first year of high school football at West Clermont, where he played last season before transferring to Withrow, Henry was named a MaxPreps Freshman All-American after collecting 29 receptions for 292 yards and five touchdowns in 12 appearances for the Wolves.

Henry is the first prospect to commit to Ohio State in the 2026 recruiting class, which excites the athletic pass-catcher who held offers from 25 Division I schools, including Michigan, Penn State, USC, Miami (FL) and Tennesee, among others.

"The atmosphere. It’s the coaches, really. That’s really what it was, the coaches," Henry said of why he chose Ohio State over other top programs. "I love it here. I love the energy and the atmosphere. I love everything about it. They make me feel like a priority every time I talk to them. And so that just makes me feel special.”

Henry is one of five wide receivers Ohio State has offered in the class of 2026, as the Buckeyes have also extended offers to Malachi Toney of American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Brody Keefe from Myers Park in Charlotte, North Carolina; Jabari Brady from Monarch in Pompano Beach, Florida; and Efrem White from Vero Beach in Vero Beach, Florida.

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