June 11, 2013

Hendrix is looking forward to seeing Ohio State

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CHICAGO - The Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge saw players from across the nation descend on the Windy City but O'Fallon (Ill.) defensive end Dewayne Hendrix only had to travel a couple of hours within the state of Illinois to make it to one of the nation's premiere camps and it was well worth the trip as he was a good looking player on the field.

The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder just barely missed the cut in the Rivals100 and is ranked as the No. 103 player in the nation and the 9th rated strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and holds offers from no less than 20 schools including the Buckeyes.

Hendrix is not ready to cut down his list and admits that he won't work on making an official "cut" until near the end of his senior season and then will likely commit to his favorite sometime shortly after that. But with that being said there are still some teams that are standing out right now with Hendrix.

"I am liking everybody right now but the guys that are really standing out to me would be Tennessee, Florida, USC and Ohio State," Hendrix said. "(The schools are in) no order, they are just standing out to me."

This summer will see Hendrix get on the road to check out some of the schools and it will be important for some of these schools to get a visit if they hope to continue being in a top group with Hendrix as he tries to cut down his list and get a clearer idea of where he might like to play college football at the next level.

"I am definitely going to get to Ohio State, Florida, Missouri and USC," Hendrix said. "USC will be in August and Ohio State will be in early July."

Even though Hendrix does not currently have a top-five it appears at this time that Florida, Tennessee and USC are heavy favorites to get into that list once it is released. The Buckeyes have a chance to solidify their status as well but there is the formality of a good visit coming up.

"They are basically already in but I want to go down there and see the campus and if that is good then it will be really positive for them," Hendrix said.

And a positive trip in July could lead to a second one down the line.

"If I go down there and I see it and it is nice on my unofficial then I am going to take an official there," Hendrix said.

Hendrix is speaking most with defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and likes the fact that he is a young coach who was in the league only a couple of seasons ago. Hendrix also feels that it is easy to relate to Vrabel and enjoys the conversations he has been able to have with him in the past.

At this point Hendrix doesn't know how the Buckeyes would use him at the next level if he were able to commit but he is certain that the Buckeyes want to land him.

"They really haven't told me (what they project me as) but they tell me they are going to keep recruiting me hard," Hendrix said.


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