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Tyrell Henry's move to receiver pays dividends for player, Roseville


One of the first things Vernard Snowden did when he took over as Roseville’s head football coach a couple of years ago was remove any thoughts Tyrell Henry had of being the team’s quarterback.

Snowden realized Henry was more valuable at multiple positions and the move has proven beneficial. Henry is set to play receiver at Michigan State following his senior year at Roseville.

Henry is a threat in all three phases of the game, playing receiver, defensive back and on special teams where he returns punts and kicks.

“Tyrell is just a natural athlete,” Snowden said. “When I first took over at Roseville, he was a JV quarterback and I watched film and I watched him move around and I said, ‘Kid, you’re not a quarterback.’ His parents were kind of reluctant to believe that because that’s what he’s always played.

“I said, ‘Son you are a Division 1 athlete whether it be at receiver or DB.’ And one thing I appreciate about his parents, as well as Tyrell, they trusted and believed in what I said. There it is, he’s a Division 1 receiver. He’s just a bonafide athlete. He just has natural abilities that are unmatched.”

Henry played mostly in the slot his sophomore and junior seasons and is expected to be moved outside this season.

“We’re going to move him around,” said Snowden. “His elusiveness, his route running is second to none. He’s very fast and his catching ability is just something different.”

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Henry is rated a three-star athlete by 247Sports, one of the top-20 players in the state for the 2022 class. He has received 17 offers, including Cincinnati and several Big Ten schools, including Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska and the Spartans.

Henry is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and runs a sub-4.5 40, a reason Snowden plays him in multiple positions.

“He’s a great, hard working kid that’s very elusive,” Snowden said. 

Henry scored multiple TDs on receptions and also scored on an interception return, a punt return, a kickoff return and a rushing play.

Henry helps make Snowden’s son, 6-4, 190-pound junior cornerback Amare Snowden, better by going up against him in practice. The younger Snowden, rated a three-star, has received offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Henry enjoys going up against Snowden. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in camps and 7-on-7 competitions, something he wasn’t able to do last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a lot of fun to compete with everybody," Henry said. "It’s a good opportunity for everybody. I love the competition. You want to go up against the best and it keeps you in shape.”

Henry participated in the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp at Ferris State in early June. He also competed in several 7-on-7 competitions, including Sound Mind Sound Body Metro Detroit Showcase at Lawrence Tech in early July.

Henry has big goals for his senior year.

“I just want to win,” he said. “We want to make it to the championship. Individually, I just want to get better and stay healthy. I want to prove to everybody why I got what I got, how I got here and just keep getting better and better.”

Henry took an unofficial visit to Michigan State in mid-June.

“I talked to all the coaches, went around the campus, took a lot of pictures, ate a bit, had a good time,” Henry said.

He's looking forward to playing for Mel Tucker and the Spartans.

“I like the staff a lot,” Henry said. “They are good people. They know what they’re doing. I felt like that was the best family vibe for me, definitely the best situation. So I pulled the trigger. Coach (Courtney) Hawkins, the receivers coach, is my guy. We have a great relationship.”

Roseville — which finished 4-3 last season, losing to Division 2 state runnerup Warren De La Salle in a district game — will open up the season Aug. 27 against Monroe.

GRCC is 62-4 the last five seasons with four state titles.

david.goricki@detroitnews.com