N.J. OL to Visit UNC

Brad Henson will visit a pair of ACC schools this weekend.

This Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Tom's River (N.J.) Monsignor Donovan, will visit NC State. He'll then travel over to North Carolina the following day.

"I want to get down to UNC and see what it has to offer, because it's a good academic school," Henson said. "And my cousin goes to law school there and just talks about how beautiful the campus is. I want to get down there and check it out for myself."

Henson has been hearing from UNC assistant coach Dave Duggan for three to four months.

"They just want me down there to look at the place," Henson said. "And they want me to be a Tar Heel. [Duggan] told me that they need linemen."

According to Henson, UNC is among the 15 schools that have offered him a scholarship. Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, Duke, Miami, NC State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia have also offered.

"Some schools like me at center and guard, some schools like me at tackle," Henson said. "UNC hasn't specified where yet. I think they said anywhere along the line."

Henson began his freshman year starting at offensive tackle for Monsignor Donovan, but was moved to guard halfway through the season. He remained at guard through his entire sophomore season, but was moved to center as a junior.

Henson's preference is offensive guard.

"That's where I feel most natural," Henson said. "Center is too new to me. It takes a little while to adjust to it."

Thus far, Henson has made visits to Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Henson doesn't claim any favorite schools, but figures that will change this summer after making a few more visits.

"I want to set up a few trips so I can visit a few SEC schools like South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia," Henson said. "After that, I'll probably narrow it down to a top seven or eight. And then hopefully make my decision when the school year starts.

"The big thing for me is how I feel, how I like the campus, how I like the school, distance from home, and then academics play a big role. And also my relationship with the coaches and my relationship with the players [is important]."

In its previous two recruiting classes, UNC has signed three recruits from New Jersey – John Ferranto and Dan Mastromatteo in 2012, and Jack Tabb in 2011. Henson has played against Tabb – their high schools are in the same conference.

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