Dream Come True for Henson

While his Letter of Intent was making its way through the fax machine headed for North Carolina, Brad Henson began to reminisce.

"I'm pretty proud of myself," Henson said. "I've worked pretty hard to get up to this moment. It's really a dream come true. This is what I've been working towards and it's official now."

For much of his recruitment, Henson, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Toms River (N.J.) Monsignor Donovan, was a Virginia pledge. He switched that commitment to the Tar Heels in mid-December following an official trip to UNC.

"I felt all along the whole recruiting experience was great," Henson said. "But it gets to a point where it's hard [and] it's stressful, because you have a group of schools that you really like. You have to come to the realization that you can't play for everybody. At the end of the day, you have to find the place where you fit in best. You might like one place better than another at a certain time, but then you get more acquainted. After time passes, you start to realize where you fit in better.

"That's what happened to me – I just fit in better at North Carolina. I waited and kept exploring my options and I found the right place for me. I'm just fortunate to stay open to that."

Following his switch, Henson received a brief break from the recruiting process. But eventually, he was forced to ward off advances from opposing schools, including UVa.

"Fortunately when I committed to North Carolina, it was a start to a dead period," Henson said. "So nobody could really contact me for a week... I had some other schools try to get in contact with me afterwards, but it really wasn't an issue – I knew where I wanted to go and my mind was made up."

One of the attractions with Henson is his versatility. He's capable of playing any position along the offensive line – in fact he did just at in high school.

"I know Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] definitely has me pegged as an interior guy, right now," Henson said. "That's where he sees me contributing."

Speaking of Kapilovic, he had to take over Henson's recruitment once lead recruiter Dave Duggan left the staff for another job.

"That's the only thing that has really changed – I'm definitely more comfortable with him," Henson said. "I'm closer [to him] than I was. It's going great so far. He's going to be the one I spend the most time with, so that's been a cue for me to know I made the right decision. I trust him and I have a lot of confidence in him that he's going to make me the best player that I can be."

When he arrives at UNC, Henson hopes to be in the 300-pound range.

"I'm definitely going to be working out, doing some agility work, and some offensive line work," Henson said. "I just want to get myself ready and get myself in-shape."

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