Venson hopes for big soph season for Dupage

After getting off to a promising start at Northern Illinois as an invited walk-on, current DuPage WR Brandon Venson (6-4, 220) decided to leave after the coach he was recruited by retired. Now, he's poised to have a breakout season for the Chaparrals and he's been working hard this summer to get where he needs to be. Read on to find out more about this talented prospect…

"I just didn't feel right staying at Northern Illinois," Venson told recently. "I broke my leg right before my senior year (at Glenbard High School) and I had a lot of offers I was thinking about, but they all pulled them after that so I walked on at NIU.

"Then coach (Joe) Novak retired and I just didn't feel like it was a good situation for me because they were talking about moving me to tight end and I didn't really feel like doing that, so I left."

Venson then enrolled at DuPage to take part in spring practices and he blew up both physically as well as on the football field.

"The coaches really liked me a lot when I got here," Venson said. "They like that I catch the ball well and I'm big and physical.

"I was also surprised by how much bigger I got, so I'm not opposed to moving to tight end now, but back when I was at NIU, I wasn't this big and I didn't think I could get big enough to be effective."

"He can pretty much do it all for us," Dupage head coach Fred Fimbres told last month. "He's a great athlete for a man his size and he's a real redzone threat for us. He's big and he runs well. He's going to be a monster for us."

On the recruiting front this time around, Venson is still waiting on his first offer, but he said that might be because people don't know where he ended up.

"I know Illinois State and a bunch of the Big 10 schools have contacted my coaches about me because they saw me in the spring," Venson said. "I'm open to play for anyone that wants a big receiver or thinks I can fit as a tight end. I will do whatever I can to get on the field."

Venson is a physical receiver who said his main focus this summer has been on perfecting the fine art of running routes.

"I've really been focused on my speed and my quickness," Venson said. "I've been working on my footwork so I can get in and out of my breaks quicker and I've been studying a lot of film on how to set up DBs.

"I'm big and I'm physical, but I ran a 4.51 this spring, so I can also run past guys too. I like to go deep, but I like the middle too. I'm all about doing whatever I have to do to help our offense."

Venson redshirted his first season at NIU, so he'll have three years to play three following the season and he'll be eligible to sign with a four-year school in December.

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