Dwayne Hendricks is making a hard case for being the top player in the state of New Jersey. At the very least, he is the top defensive lineman in the state.
If his massive 6-4, 255 pound frame combined with his 4.9 speed in the 40 is not enough to convince you, then maybe the number of offers he has received will.
“I have around 30 offers,” said Hendricks. “Maybe high 20’s, but it may be over thirty now. I haven’t kept count – my coach keeps count for me. I really didn’t think I would have this much. I was thinking I would have around 15 or so. It’s nice.”
Now comes the tough part – narrowing down the 30 or some odd schools who have offered to five who will receive official visits. Hendricks has visited four schools this summer, however he is not any closer to trimming his list of schools.
Through all of the attention, he is trying to keep a level head.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” said Hendricks of narrowing his list. “I’ve been working and working out, just trying to be a normal teenager. I know I need to try and start to narrow things down. I want to get down to 10 schools first and then narrow it down to five and take my official visits.”
Hendricks camped at Notre Dame and Georgia Tech and unofficially visited North Carolina and NC State. He enjoyed each experience, saying each school offered something different.
“Notre Dame’s camp was a good time,” said Hendricks. “They have a rich tradition. You realize that just by going through the locker room. UNC was nice – they are trying to build something down there. NC State has some of the finest facilities in the country – it is literally 70 yards long. They have a yardage marker to tell the distance. Georgia Tech was nice – the campus is in a nice area – not quite in the city, but close enough.”
The two Virginia schools, UVA and Virginia Tech, are still in the mix as well. Both offered Hendricks during the May evaluation period, and both are in contention to make his top 10 list.
“Virginia is one of the top academic programs in the nation,” said Hendricks, who is being recruited by Mike Groh for UVA and Jim Cavanaugh for Virginia Tech. “They have a good program.
“Going to the ACC really helped Virginia Tech...
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