Hendrix Brings The Hit Parade

Arkansas hosted Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix (6-2, 193) on Monday and clearly put itself squarely in the mix to land the hard-hitting defender.

Arkansas has made it plan that it wants to add a hard-hitting safety and one of them dropped by campus on Monday and left impressed.

Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix (6-2, 193) – the aforementioned 2014 prospect – is someone with 19 scholarship offers and one of the Razorbacks' top targets.

"I really, really enjoyed the visit and everything about Arkansas," Hendrix said, "from the academic support system to the great facilities they already have and about to move into to the great coaches they have now. It's also in the SEC, which is obviously the best conference in the country. It would allow me to trying to become the best while playing against the best."

Hendrix, who is a cousin of new Arkansas basketball pledge Keaton Miles, is someone that Razorback head coach Bret Bielema and defensive coordinator Chris Ash really want to add to the program.

"Coach Bielema and Coach Ash have really let me know how much they want me to sign with Arkansas," Hendrix said. "Obviously Coach Bielema has had a lot of success at Wisconsin and Coach Ash has sent a lot of D-Backs on to the NFL. They are both great coaches and really know what they are doing.

"Coach Ash isn't promising me anything that I don't earn, but he thinks I can be a guy that could have an impact early and how I love contact," Hendrix said. "I really respect him and Coach Bielema as men and coaches."

Hendrix transferred this spring from Red Brook to Bishop Dunne, which also has a massive offensive lineman in Jovan Pruitt that the Razorbacks would love to add.

"He's a great football player and I have enjoyed being around him," Hendrix said. "I transferred after spring break – and it was more about academics than football. But I did have a chance to go through spring practice with them and it was a smoothless transition."

Hendrix had 86 tackles, four interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries for Red Brook last season.

"I think my biggest strengths are that I am a big safety that has good coverage skills and am a guy that is big and hard-hitting and loves to come down and deliver contact," Hendrix said. "I am trying to work on knowledge of the game, which can always get better. I am also concentrating a lot on my footwork and cleaning up all of the technical aspects."

Joining Arkansas in offering Hendrix are Nebraska, Kansas State, Stanford, North Carolina, Washington, Iowa, Colorado, Arizona State, Utah, Wake Forrest, Arkansas State, Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Southern Miss and Tulsa.

He is likely to have his list narrow down to five sooner than later.

"I am thinking I will have a top five by the end of July or the first of August," Hendrix said. "I have been on visits to see Texas (no offer yet) and Arkansas so far and I am heading out tomorrow (Wednesday) to see Washington."

Hendrix knows now that Miles is headed to Arkansas that he will encourage him to do the same.

"He's going to let me make my own decision and be happy with whatever I do, but he also has already told me that if we are both at Arkansas that he will take me under his wing and be a mentor for me there," Hendrix said. "That's something that certainly I will think about and include as a factor in my decision."


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