Spotlight 2013: OL Brad Henson

Monsignor Donovan High (Toms River, N.J.) offensive lineman Brad Henson already holds offers from Boston College and Rutgers, and he camped at both schools. As continues its "Spotlight 2013" series, check out what he had to say about the two schools, and which programs are also recruiting him.

Brad Henson went 2-for-2 when it came to camps and earning offers, but it should be just the beginning for the class of 2013 offensive lineman from the Jersey Shore.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Henson, who plays at Monsignor Donovan High (Toms River) and is being recruited to play guard, picked up offers from Rutgers and Boston College. He is also hearing from Penn State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia and Wisconsin.

"I knew I had a shot to get some offers, but I wasn't expecting them," Henson said. "I went out there and competed for them, and wound up getting them. I think it was my athleticism and pass blocking during the 1-on-1s. I think that is pretty much what did it right there."

During the Rutgers camp, Henson spent time with offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"He said he liked my change of direction in pass blocking," Henson said, "and I'm good with my feet."

The nimble footwork is a result of a lot of hard work.

"I jump a lot of rope," he said. "That's one of the things I do to get my feet quick, and I'm always practicing my steps. I do speed and agility training also. I probably jump rope for 20 minutes a day."

As for his camp visits, it also provided him an opportunity to see the schools on a different level. It was his second visit to campus.

"I thought the facilities were nice and the academic side was really big to me," Henson said. "That's important to me. They have the small class sizes. The academic facilities are really good, too."

His trip to Rutgers marked the second time he visited the campus, and came after a discussion with Scarlet Knights assistant Robb Smith.

"The first time I went up there was my freshman year (for a camp)," he said. "I just heard from Rutgers during my sophomore year and they came by the school. I was invited to go to the camp, so that's why I went.

"I know a little bit about it. I know about coach (Greg) Schiano, and that he's a good coach, and it's a good program. That's all I know about."

So, what did he learn, and like, about his latest trip to Rutgers?

"Just the fact that it's in my state and close to my house," he said. "That's something I can take into consideration because I don't know if I want to go too far from home yet. That kind of stood out, and the facilities there are over the top, and it's just nice up there."

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