Early arrival for incoming Beaver

PATRICK HENDERSON will be in Corvallis in about a month's time, looking to get a head start on the Beaver playbook and preparing for his college career. The 5-10, 170-pound defensive back and honor roll student from Oakland's McClymonds High has taken care of business in the classroom, and is looking to take care of business on and off the field at Oregon State.

Henderson spent the months after LOI Day with his nose in the books.

"This spring, I spent it basically getting a lot of school work done and just trying to balance everything time wise," said Henderson. "I've been working out to prepare myself and get ready for the next level. I was actually focused more on my academics than working out, and things are going great there."

Henderson, whose grades fluctuated while at Berkeley High before transferring to McClymonds for his senior season, said he wasn't on the academic bubble but wanted to raise his cumulative GPA to go along with his passing score on his SAT. He pulled down a 3.30 one previous grading period at McClymonds, and became an honor roll student for his efforts.

Further increasing his focus on academics this winter and spring, he said he's more than at a point where he can begin turning that focus to getting himself in fighting trim for the collegiate game. McClymonds last day of school is June 22.

"Now I can get back to do the other things I need to do -- working out, training, getting ready for football," said Henderson. "It (GPA) was taken care of a long time ago, but I just wanted to make sure I was in a comfortable enough position that it was nothing I'd need to worry about. And my grades are so good now, there's nothing left to worry about."

HENDERSON'S MOVING DATE remains to be finalized, but he has an eye towards putting his feet on the ground in Corvallis in less than a month's time.

"I plan to leave in early July, hopefully," he said. "If I can, I'd like to get the chance to go down there (early) and get used to everything, talk to some of the guys and just get familiar with everything out there."

A tough, physical defensive back with 4.5 speed, Henderson said he's eager to represent Oregon State, and will not forget his roots.

"I just want to let them know I'm getting ready," Henderson said when asked if he had a message for the Beaver faithful. "I'm going to do my best to represent where I'm from and also my family. I plan on doing some positive things. I'm ready, and I'm getting ready."

This past season, Henderson was selected first team All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle after making seven interceptions as a senior. On offense at wide receiver, Henderson had 14 receptions for 327 yards and four scores during the regular season.

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