QB Nick Henkel On Rutgers Offer
Sep 13, 2016
By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer
QB Nick Henkel
While some schools are still getting to know Connecticut quarterback Nick Henkel, the Scarlet Knights pounced early when they made their offer in the spring. The class of 2018 standout has interest from a number of notable programs now, but it sounds like RU definitely gave themselves a leg up by jumping on the train early. Henkel is also impressed by the demeanor of the new regime and feels that there is a new energy in the Garden State.
"I really like how the new coaching staff has come in and put a new emphasis on how they are going to run the program," Henkel told StateOfRutgers.com. "Coach [Chris] Ash has done a great job there. He's installed a totally new culture there. It's a culture that he brought over from Ohio State but it also feels unique to Rutgers. Besides Coach Ask, I also like [offensive coordinator Drew] Mehringer."
As of this writing, Brunswick high school star holds offers from Rutgers, UConn, and Yale. That list figures to grow in the coming months with serious interest from the likes of Boston College, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Indiana, and Maryland.
While he is in constant contact with the RU coaching staff, Henkel has yet to visit the campus. That's because Henkel's team plays on Saturdays as opposed to the typical Friday night for high school teams and that scheduling conflict means that the QB hasn't been able to take the trip down for a game. However, Henkel tells SOR that he is anxious to travel from Brunswick to New Brunswick to check things out. Once his high school season is through, Henkel will look at the stadium and walk through College Ave.
If Henkel attends Rutgers, he'll be just one hour and twenty minutes away from home. For some kids, that's a little too close for comfort, but the 6'4", 180 pound signal caller says that he wants to stay near his family.
"That's definitely something I'm going to think about a lot when I make my decision on where I want to go. Staying home is a big thing for me and definitely something I would like, if it works out that way," Henkel said.
So far, Henkel's season is off to a strong start. On Saturday, he led his team to a 48-40 victory as he threw for 320 yards and six passing touchdowns.