January 9, 2013

DE Hendrix hopes to visit Michigan State

One of the top defensive end prospects in the Big Ten region for the class of 2014 will be DeWayne Hendrix of O'Fallon High School in Illinois. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect and got the latest detail son his recruitment and the schools he plans on visiting soon.

Defensive end recruiting will be a top priority for the Spartans when it come sot the class of 2014. In both 2012 and possibly 2013 the staff would have liked to have added one more elite edge rusher to the mix if they could have found the right prospect. The staff is looking to get an early jump on Hendrix and they are one of the early schools to offer him.

Hendrix has an impressive list of scholarships which include, Michigan State, Illinois, Kansas State, Mississippi, Missouri, South Florida and Northern Illinois. He is also hearing from a host of other BCS schools that will likely pull the trigger later this winter or early spring.

We spoke with Hendrix about the teams he is considering and what his plans are in the coming weeks.

"I visited Illinois recently and I have been invited to Junior Day at Michigan State and Ole Miss," Hendrix said. "I have an offer from Michigan State. I am also receiving interest from Michigan, Cincinnati, Florida State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Alabama"

Do you know when you will be in East Lansing?

"The Junior Day is this weekend on the 13th," Hendrix said. "I am not sure if I will be able to make it due to the short notice, but I definitely want to get up there so I can see what it is like. I am heading down to Ole Miss on February 1st."

What has college recruiters interested in Hendrix is his combination of size and speed. We asked him about his junior season and his strengths as a player.

"I had 60 tackles on the season and 5 sacks," he said. "I was named All-Conference. I am fast off the ball for someone my size and my height makes it difficult to throw over me. I am also a team player and I will do whatever I can to help the team win."

The Spartans will have a couple of junior days this winter and of course they will also look to have recruits on campus for spring practice and the Green and White game. We asked Hendrix what he is looking for in a college destination

"I am looking for a school which will allow me to be successful both on and off the football field"

O'Fallon, Illinois is a suburb of St. Louis. It was not long ago that the Spartans had a strong presence in the St. Louis area. The Spartans recruited multiple players from that area when Mark Dantonio was an assailant coach at Michigan State. The Spartans program is much more stable and successful today that it was back then and that should help them make some in-roads into the area.

Matt Dorsey Take: It is good to see the Spartans looking at some talent from this area. With Illinois and Missouri looking like re-building projects a team like the Spartans, which has gone to 6 straight bow games, could be an option for a player looking for a successful and stable program. The key is getting these players on campus for either a visit in the spring or for a session of camp.

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