Henson Picks Up Wisconsin Offer

After impressing offensive line coach Mike Markuson with his film and his weight gain, Monsignor Donovan (NJ) offensive guard Brad Henson officially picked up his offer from Wisconsin on Tuesday.

MADISON - He's not there yet, but Monsignor Donovan (NJ) offensive guard Brad Henson is already thinking like a college lineman.

Knowing that he needed to add some weight to his 6-5, 270-pound frame following his junior season, Henson doubled up on the meals, pounded the protein shakes and simply continued to grow. The subsequent results have pushed Henson's weight to 290 pounds and like many players that have made a similar decision, the added weight hasn't slowed him down in the slightest.

"I think I am a little more versatile than I was at 270 pounds," Henson told Badger Nation. "My speed training has helped me keep my skills along with becoming more powerful and stronger."

The transformation is evident to the college coaches that come through the door with one idea of Henson's makeup and leave with another. One such coach was Wisconsin offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who visited Henson's school earlier this month and told Henson he would be getting an offer following the spring evaluation period.

"Wisconsin liked my film, liked my size and everything," Henson said. "They said they would offer after their meetings. Today that had their meetings and called my coach to make it official. I couldn't talk to the coaches much because of restrictions, but they said they were really excited about me."

Henson is honest in the fact that he didn't know much about the Badgers until he got to high school and found out one of his teammates was a big Wisconsin fan. As he started to watch the Big Ten program, Henson recognized the school's passion for offensive linemen and its developing winning tradition.

"They get a lot of offensive linemen to the pros, which is a big selling point," Henson said. "They also won the Big Ten the last two years, which is impressive."

Wisconsin represents Henson's first Midwest offer, as the three-star guard ranked No.13 in the country by Scout.com offer list is heavy with East Coast schools – Boston College, Connecticut, East Carolina, Miami (FL), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia and West Virginia.

"It definitely is a good feeling," said Henson. "I wanted some interest from that part of the country and I got it. I am definitely excited by that."

Henson says he has visited every school that has offered him with the exception of East Carolina, UCF and Wisconsin. He plans in the coming weeks to schedule trips to Georgia, Georgia Tech (where his uncle played), South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

"I definitely want to try and get (to Wisconsin) sometime this summer," said Henson. "I would like to visit all these schools and make my decision before my football season starts."

It's a decision Henson says he wants to make so he can focus on his senior season and be a focused team leader.

"I pride myself on being a tough player that goes 100 miles an hour," said Henson. "I play to the whistle. I think I am pretty athletic and versatile for a big guy because I can play all the offensive line positions."


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