2020 Season Countdown: #41 A.J. Henning

2020 Season Countdown: #41 A.J. Henning


August 5, 2020
A.J. Henning (image via Twitter)

Name: A.J. Henning
Height:
5’10”
Weight:
183 lbs.
High school:
Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Henning was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 52 passes for 835 yards and 13 touchdowns, ran 121 times for 648 yards and 15 touchdowns; and returned 1 punt for a touchdown.
TTB Rating:
86

Henning was a big win for Michigan on the recruiting trail. The Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year finished the cycle as a 4-star, the #18 wide receiver, and #102 overall. Spending time at both running back and wide receiver, his speed and quickness were on display regularly. But when it came time to compete with other stars at the All-American Bowl, Henning did not stand out.

Michigan brought in some speedy players in the 2020 class, and I think Henning is the most likely freshman to contribute at wideout. Between Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black, Michigan loses 59 receptions from the 2019 season. Cornelius Johnson and Giles Jackson should see bigger roles, but I think Henning will be the 2020 version of Giles Jackson: a guy Michigan can line up in the backfield, in the slot, and maybe on special teams.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver; 7 catches, 90 yards, 1 touchdown

Hit the jump for his senior highlights.

One comment

  1. Lanknows
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    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Lanknows
    Aug 06, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Hadn’t considered him lining up in the backfield with so many other options (e.g., Jackson, Sainristil, Evans, H-back types).

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