The 2017 offensive line class in the state of Washington is loaded with talent and one player that is starting to become a national prospect is Skyline OL Henry Bainivalu. Northwest Elite Index caught up with the talented junior-to-be to get an update on where things stand as we head into the summer.
“I just got two offers — Oregon and Utah — so that puts me at seven offers right now,” Bainivalu told NEI recently. “I already had offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, California and Michigan and I’ve been getting a lot of stuff from USC, Notre Dame and some stuff from Florida State.”
At 6’6″ and 300 pounds, Bainivalu has grown nearly two inches and put close to 30 pounds on his frame from last year.
As a sophomore, Bainivalu played right tackle, but this fall he’ll likely move to the left side to hold down that tackle spot.
“I’ll play left or right; wherever my coaches need me,” Bainivalu noted. “We just started spring ball last week and I think we’re already coming together really well.”
As far as camps are concerned, Bainivalu has already hit the Northwest Elite Camp at Lynnwood where he was named a offensive line MVP and he plans to make his way over to the University of Washington to take part in the Rising Stars camp on June 20th.
Bainivalu and his dad are currently working on the rest of his camp schedule, but he said he knows he plans to hit the Oregon NFTC on the 14th of June and will likely take care in the Trench Camp at Evergreen State College later this month.
If it weren’t for the presence of Graham-Kapowsin’s Foster Sarell, Bainivalu would likely be rated as the top line prospect in the state. With his natural size and strength to go along with his improved technique and outstanding work-ethic, the junior-to-be is a player who is just now starting to get recognized by the traditional football powers. Expect many more offers to be thrown Bainivalu’s way in the coming months and for him to be one of the most coveted 2017 prospects in the state.