PHENOMenology: Massive 6th grader Colin Henrich could be the next great OL

PHENOMenology: Massive 6th grader Colin Henrich could be the next great OL

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PHENOMenology: Massive 6th grader Colin Henrich could be the next great OL

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He’s 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds … and he’s only in the sixth grade. Seems like a good way to start preparing for life as an offensive lineman, doesn’t it?

Meet Colin Henrich. The Loudoun County, Virginia middle schooler is a football obsessed 13-year-old who is so large and athletically gifted that he spent the entire 2014 fall season competing against seventh and eighth graders. Unsurprisingly, he typically dominated the competition, too.

Henrich competed for the Colts of the Central Loudoun Youth Football League. The Colts went undefeated. Because Henrich is also eligible for Maryland residency, he was given the chance to compete for Team Maryland in the FBU National Championship. Perhaps more impressively, he played up in the 8th grade division of the National Guard Crab Bowl.

Neither event seemed to intimidate the sixth grader.

“In the Crab Bowl, I felt pretty good about playing with older kids. I never felt intimidated and really had to work hard on my technique to earn everything,” Henrich told Youth 1 Sports.  “In terms of the FBU tournament, I had to adjust my speed because kids had different speeds and style. The teams were all fast. I played left tackle in the tournament and had to focus on speed and technique over power at that position.”

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Henrich hails from a family line of football players. Both his father and grandfather played for the University of South Carolina, a destination that could eventually call for Colin as well.

Of course, that’s years down the road. Henrich is a member of the Class of 2021 — 2021! — so he could yet decide to forego football altogether. Or become a quarterback! Who knows. What we do know now is that he sure seems to have many of the tools that could make him wildly successful at the next level.

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