OLs Henson, McDonald Choose Cavs

Monsignor Donovan High (Toms River, N.J.) offensive lineman Brad Henson and Boston College High offensive lineman Jack McDonald explain why they committed to Virginia.

Virginia's offensive line recruiting got a major boost when Monsignor Donovan High (Toms River, N.J.) offensive lineman Brad Henson and Boston (Mass.) College High offensive tackle Jack McDonald both committed.

Both said their commitments were planned to come together.

Henson visited in the spring, and returned recently to get another look at the school and make sure it was the place for him.

"The first time I got there I had a pretty good idea that's where I wanted to go and it just felt right," the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Henson said. "The coaching staff, the academics, they have a good tradition of offensive linemen there, the campus …it just felt like the right place for me."

Henson is expected to slot into the interior of the offensive line.

"They run a pro-style offense and that's the offense I want to be in," he said. "That just added to it."

The historic campus and the academic profile of Virginia fit Henson's checklist on what he wanted in a school as well.

"For me, personally, the campus is perfect," he said. "It's not too big. It's a traditional college town. They have everything right there. I loved it there."

McDonald, who will get a shot at tackle but said he may be more suited for guard, chose the Cavaliers over North Carolina and Boston College.

"Coming from Boston College High, academics have always been extremely important to me and I know UVA can provide me with a top of the line education, so that's definitely a big reason," he said. "But I also really like the campus and the coaches, and how positive they were about getting this program to take off. Those are the type of coaches I want to play for."


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