Checking In With Prized OL Recruit Henson

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Brad Henson, Jr. has been starting on Monsignor Donovan’s (Toms River, N.J.) varsity football squad since his freshman year. Now a senior and only a year away from being a student-athlete at the University of Virginia, the 6’5″, 275-pound offensive lineman reflected a bit on his high school career.

“It is kind of surreal, my senior season being here so fast,” Henson said. “But I’m ready for it. I’m cherishing this time. I’m also ready to take the next step after this season is over.”

Henson says he has gained 50 pounds since his freshman year, so certainly he has grown physically over the course of the past four years. Leadership, though, is one of the areas of growth in which he is most proud.

“It has been a lot of work. I’ve gone from my freshman year, not knowing what I’m doing, and I’ve grown into being more of a leader in my senior year,” Henson said. “I’ve taken charge, and I’m out there motivating other guys. I’ve grown as a leader.”

After dropping its season opener, Monsignor Donovan has won four straight to take the top spot in the B-South League.

“It’s going well,” Henson said of his senior season. “We’re just trying to stay grounded.”

Henson’s senior season is going well. The offseason was also a success, as the talented prospect fulfilled a personal goal when he verbally committed to the University of Virginia over offers from Boston College, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

“Since I was younger, I’ve always dreamed of getting a college scholarship,” Henson said. “I grew big enough. My freshman year, once I started, I thought it might be possible. I’ve put the work in and gotten better each year.”

Henson plans to be at Virginia’s home game this Saturday against Maryland. He was in Scott Stadium for UVa’s last home game, a close loss to Louisiana Tech.

“I thought the atmosphere itself was good. What stood out to me most was that the team kept fighting,” said Henson, who had never been to a Virginia home game before that day. “They were down, but they didn’t give up.”

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