I wrote a story for today’s paper about a Rockland County resident who has honed a very unique skill to blossom into a coveted Division I prospect. Many of you probably don’t know the name Thomas Hennessy, but colleges across the country have already started to learn it.
Hennessey, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior, is a long snapper at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J. He is currently ranked as the No. 7 long snapper by Kohl’s, a recruiting service that connects special teamers with college programs that are often too busy scouring the country for the next all-American quarterback or pass rusher to unearth kickers, punters, return men and long snappers.
In an interesting twist, Hennessy, who is from Bardonia and attended Felix Festa Middle School in New City, wasn’t actually the starter this season at Don Bosco. He was behind Matt Fava, a long snapper who will play collegiately at Holy Cross, which goes to show you the elite level of competition at every position at the national powerhouse. So he hit the showcase circuit in December and kept proving himself along the way. That push was capped in January when he earned the No. 7 ranking at a national showcase in Orlando. You can see those results here.
Hennessy carries a 103 weighted GPA. He hopes to play collegiately at a top academic institution, but could have plenty of options to weigh over the next year. Recently, he even received a letter requesting game film from the University of Alabama.
If you want to read more about Hennessy and how he vaulted to the top of the Class of 2012, read the rest of the story here.