August 29, 2012

Hendrix happy to start off with a win

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DAYTON, Ohio - Friday night was a big night for Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne high school as it opened the season with a big win over Cincinnati Winton Woods, 30-20. On the defensive side of the ball it was a chance for linebacker Dorian Hendrix to show off why he is a name to know for the class of 2014.

The 6-foot-1, 215 pound linebacker is currently ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the class of 2014 in the 2014 rankings and could be a player on the rise if he continues to play well during his junior campaign.

Hendrix however was not as concerned about his personal accolades and was just happy to get the team win.

"It feels good to win the opener," Hendrix said. "It is something we talked about the whole summer, we didn't want to come out 0-1, 0-2 sometimes 0-3 over these last few years. We wanted to come out 1-0 and go undefeated all the way through the season. That makes it so exciting to get this first W, it kind of takes some stress off, to a point."

The talented 2014 linebacker admitted that there wouldn't be much time to celebrate with a week two game against Canton McKinley coming up. Hendrix recognizes the talent and tradition of his next opponent and knows that his team will have to play its best football to stay unbeaten on the season.

Recruiting calendars have sped up rapidly through the past several cycles and Hendrix has benefited and already holds five offers very early in his junior season.

"I have offers Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo and Bowling Green," Hendrix said. "Illinois has been showing great interest, their staff up there is great. Wisconsin and West Virginia have also been interested."

Hendrix admitted that he would love to hear from Ohio State and Michigan as well. Both schools have been in touch and both would like to see more game film from Hendrix before making any decisions of their interest in the linebacker.

What is the most important thing for Hendrix however when it comes to picking a destination for college?

"Academics and tradition both matter to me," Hendrix said. "If they have top-notch academics and great tradition and they have been winning for the past several years, that is probably going to be the place that I am going to go."

Dorian's high school produced current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Hendrix has been keeping an eye on his former teammate and had a chance to see him on television during the offseason with an all-access special on cable television.

"I caught a couple of (the episodes)" Hendrix said. "Braxton went to Wayne high school and I know him personally so seeing him on TV playing around with Urban and all those guys was great. It kind of lets you know that if he did that I know I can do it too. Playing college ball is a dream of mine so it is great."

Hendrix specifically enjoyed one exchange between Miller and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer where the head coach joked with his quarterback about carrying weight in his posterior.

"I did see that and it is kind of funny because Braxton gave me the nickname of 'Meatloaf' here," Hendrix joked. "I can't wait to talk to him about that."

The '14 star plans on checking out several college games during this season if things are going well with his high school season.

"I haven't ever been to a college game in my life so I am pretty excited," Hendrix admitted. "The first one that I see will probably have a big impact on me. I have been to a couple of (Cincinnati) Bengals games but never to a college game."


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