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4-Star WR Reportedly Has 3 'Teams To Beat'

Four-star wide receiver A.J. Henning carries American flag onto field.

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Illinois' A.J. Henning is one of the top wide receivers in the 2020 class. The four-star Lincoln-Way East star has 29 scholarship offers, including some of the best programs in the country.

247Sports ranks Henning No. 78 overall in the class, and No. 16 among wide receivers. He's the top recruit in Illinois in 2020.

Back in January he announced a stacked top 10 schools list. Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue, and Stanford all made the cut.

Things have changed a bit since. For one, Georgia has entered the mix in a big way. In a recent 247Sports interview, Henning mentioned his desire to be part of a great class and play with other top players, referencing the Bulldogs.

Recruiting expert Tom Loy has Georgia as one of the "teams to beat" for A.J. Henning, alongside Michigan and Notre Dame.

He cites the website's crystal ball, which Notre Dame leads with 43-percent of predictions. Michigan is second, with 29-percent and has been climbing.

From Henning on Notre Dame and Georgia's attractive talent:

"It's very important to me,” said Henning, when asked about the significance of playing alongside other top recruits. “Looking at it now, Notre Dame is stacking up a really good class. It's like all of the other schools I'm looking at. Georgia has a really good class right now. It's really important to me to play with the best players. It just makes you that much better and you raise your competitive level to the next level.

Michigan has recruited at a similar level in recent years. The Wolverines are also his father's favorite team, which certainly can't hurt.

"I wouldn't say they have a preference over another school, but my dad's favorite school growing up, he always wanted to go to Michigan,” continued Henning. “He really likes Michigan, but my mom doesn't have a preference. She wasn't really into college football before the whole recruiting process, but now she's really into it and likes it.”

Georgia and Notre Dame have both received visits in recent weeks. He will head to Penn State this weekend, and Michigan the weekend after. A commitment could be coming soon thereafter.

[247Sports]