Dwayne Hendricks , one of the top defensive end prospects in the country, will make an official visit to Virginia this weekend. The 6-4, 255 pound Millville High School (NJ) prospect originally scheduled the trip as an unofficial, however changed it to an official the more comfortable he became with the UVA program.
“I’ve been down there before, and it’s a place I feel comfortable with,” Hendricks said of Virginia. He visited Virginia during the Spring of this year. “I’ve been talking a lot with the Mike Groh (Dwayne’s recruiting coach) and the rest of the coaches. Mike Groh is a cool guy. I also like communicating with Coach [Mike] London.”
Hendricks has taken two official visits thus far – to Michigan on October 25th and Iowa on November 15th. Of the two, it appears the Iowa visit stood out the most.
“Michigan was pretty good,” Hendricks said. “I like the school and they have a winning football program. It was a nice scene up there. The players hang out a lot and are really close. None of the players are from one area – they are from all over.
“At Iowa, the people really surprised me. They were all so friendly up there…it was almost unheard of. I probably liked Iowa more [than Michigan]. There were more players from New Jersey. My host was Albert Young, who is from New Jersey. I just felt really comfortable.”
Comfort level will be a big factor in where Dwayne chooses to go to school. He also follows how each of his favorites are faring in the 2003 season, however admitted the final records will not have an impact on his decision.
“It will depend on how I feel about the school,” Hendricks said. “I want to feel real comfortbable at the place I choose. I want a school with good academics and a good football program as well. I’ve been following how some of the teams are doing when I’m not working, but it doesn’t matter too much.”
In addition to Virginia, Hendricks has set an official visit to Miami (FL) for the weekend of January 17th. Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Florida are in the running for the final official spot.
“I want to make all of my official visits before I decide,” Hendricks said. “I don’t have any favorites right now. I have a visit set for Miami in January and I’m undecided on my last visit. I’m thinking about Florida, Notre Dame, and Tennessee.”
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