Pete Thamel reports in today's New York Times that Kansas is in Xavier Henry's top 3 (with North Carolina and Memphis) and that CJ Henry is considering going to college next year.
Good genes have helped the Henry boys. Their father, Carl, played basketball at Kansas and their mother, Barbara, ran track and played basketball there. The strong Jayhawks ties have led to speculation that Kansas is atop Xavier's list, but he said that the Jayhawks were tied with Memphis and North Carolina.
"I need to take my visits and learn more about the schools," said [Xavier] Henry, who has a 3.8 grade-point average.
CJ Henry, traded from the Yankees to the Phillies last year in the Bobby Abreu deal, is playing the South Atlantic League (low-A) for the second year in a row. In about 650 PAs, he's hitting 216/286/362 (AVG/OBP/SLG) and striking out once every 3.2 PA. He is in the last year of his contract.
Carl Henry said that it was written into his son's baseball contract that the Phillies would have to pay for his tuition, meaning that a college program would not even have to give up a scholarship to take him. C. J. Henry said Kansas would be the place that he would probably go.
Getting a commitment from CJ Henry would be good for the program, especially if it gives the coaching staff flexibility in signing the necessary gaggle of recruits to replace the senior class and whoever decides to enter the draft at the end of the season.