I don’t know about everyone else, but personally, when I watch football, my biggest complaint is that no team in the NCAA has attempted to field an “all wide receiver and tight end” offense yet. Matt Rhule apparently shares my biggest complaint, and is doing everything he can to be the change he wants to see in the college football world. Last night, Baylor landed their seventh (!!!!) pass catcher in their 2018 class, in Arlington Texas tight end Christoph Henle. Henle is one of the more interesting prospects in the 2018 class, in terms of back story, and may be the first recruit to commit in a video filmed in Austria.
— Christoph Henle (@c_henle) July 21, 2017
THE HENLE FILE
Henle is the 16th player in Baylor’s 2018 class, and the third tight end, along with Ben Sims and Bralen Taylor. Just like Sims and Taylor, and most of Baylor’s commitments, Henle is an extremely athletic, and very raw playmaker, that could turn into a huge threat if he’s developed correctly. Matt Rhule is known as being a coach that loves to take fliers on athletic recruits that need a lot of development (see: former unranked linebacker to first round pick Haason Reddick, unranked lineman to second rounder Dion Dawkins and unranked cornerback to fifth round pick Nate Hairston). He frequently competed with top-level teams at Temple despite a serious talent difference, and should be able to do even better in Waco, though that may take a few years.
Henle picked Baylor over 15 other offers from FBS schools, though most of them were G5. He named a final four of Kentucky, Illinois, Cal and obviously Baylor relatively recently, but Baylor had long been perceived as the favorite. The Austria native received an offer from Matt Rhule personally on June 18th, and despite a bit of a push from Cal and Minnesota, this one was never really in doubt for Baylor once they offered.
Matt Rhule certainly has a prototype for the kind of athlete he recruits. Henle is a true hybrid at the tight end position, and looks a lot like the kind of “h-back” that’s currently rising in popularity in the NFL, with guys like Jordan Reed, Tyler Eifert, Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham starring as mismatch machines. He’s a willing blocker, which is not super common with athletic tight ends, and has no issue running with the football. His route running and general technique is extremely raw, but his ceiling is sky high as he continues to learn the game. His ceiling comparison is Jordan Cameron.