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Ohio State QB eying GSU?

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            The race for Georgia Southern’s starting quarterback job might take an interesting twist with the possible transfer of a blue-chip prospect from a major university.

            Ohio State quarterback Antonio Henton has reportedly told his Buckeye teammates he’s headed for GSU, an ESPN writer confirmed to the Statesboro Herald Wednesday. Georgia Southern’s B-term for summer classes begins next week, and second-year GSU coach Chris Hatcher said he couldn’t discuss transfers until then. Henton could not be reached for comment.

            Henton, a 6-foot-2, 232 pound Fort Valley native, already has Georgia Southern ties - Eagle offensive coordinator Rance Gillespie was Henton’s high school head coach at Peach County. Henton was tabbed the 2005 Georgia Offensive Player of the Year as a senior when he helped his team to the Class AAA state title, the first in Peach County’s history. He threw for 2,117 yards and 30 touchdowns his senior year and was touted as one of the best multi-threat quarterback prospects in the country coming out of high school.

            Henton redshirted the 2006 season at Ohio State and saw limited action in four games last year. If he heads to Georgia Southern, he’d be available immediately and have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

            The Eagles are looking to replace Walter Payton award winner Jayson Foster at the helm, and redshirt freshman Lee Chapple won the job during spring practice.

            Georgia Southern players report for fall camp July 30, and the Eagles open the season Aug. 30 at Georgia.

            Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.


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