Top Target: Dwayne Hendricks

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In a year filled with talented defensive linemen throughout the East coast, Millville (NJ) defensive end Dwayne Hendricks may be the top dog in the state of New Jersey.

Hendricks, whose brother was an offensive lineman at Temple, plays defensive tackle in coach Dave Heck’s 5-2 scheme, but projects as a defensive end in college. He is 6-4, weighs 255 pounds with a frame to get much bigger, and possesses very quick feet. He also plays offensive tackle, but defense is where he wants to be.

“I like defense,” said Hendricks with a smile. “That’s where I want to play. Most schools want me as a defensive end. I play defensive tackle right now in our 5-2 system, which contains two ends, two tackles, and one nose tackle. It’s a run-stuffing defense, since most of the schools in our conference are running teams. I think I will play defensive end [on the next level].”

A varsity starter since his freshman season, Hendricks has received scholarship offers from Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Pittsburgh, among others.

Hendricks has had an opportunity to visit Michigan and Virginia this spring, and says those two currently top his list of schools.

“I went to Michigan and Virginia this spring, and I had a good time at both,” said Hendricks. “It was nice getting a feel for those schools…learning about them. Those two probably top my list right now. I’m still open, though. I’ll see who offers this summer, and that could change my list somewhat, depending on who offers.”

During the summer, Hendricks will camp at Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. He plans on taking his official visits before making a decision, but does not have a definite timetable in his recruiting process.

“I want to take my official visits,” said Hendricks. “I would like to take all of them, but some players decide before [making all five trips]. You never know.

“I want to go to a school with good football history and, obviously, good academics.”

One team who has recently come into the mix is Virginia Tech – Coach Jim Cavanaugh visited Millville earlier this week. Curiously, his visit coincided with the visit of a certain head coach for the University of Virginia.

“Coach Cavanaugh visited earlier this week,” said coach Heck. “He was in for a long time. Actually, both Virginia and Virginia Tech