According to a report from Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media, 27-year-old Aaron Henry is expected to be hired at NC State, presumably to replace Clayton White as safeties coach.
White left in late December shortly after NCSU’s Camping World Independence Bowl win over Vanderbilt to become the new defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
Henry has ties to Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren. Henry played at Wisconsin from 2007-11, and Doeren was the defensive coordinator for the Badgers from 2008-10. During Doeren’s last season there, Henry was an All-Big Ten defensive back.
After Wisconsin and a stint in the Oakland Raiders’ training camp, Henry rejoined former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema at Arkansas and worked as a graduate assistant for the secondary from 2014-15. When Chris Ash, who was Henry’s defensive coordinator during his senior season for the Badgers, took the head coaching job at Rutgers, he hired Henry as an assistant defensive backs coach.
Ash and Doeren were college teammates at Drake and coached together at Wisconsin.
The native of Kissimmee, Fla., earned a master’s at Arkansas after getting a bachelor’s at Wisconsin. One of his former teammates with the Badgers was former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.