Arkansas will get its shot to make one last impression on Dallas, Texas, Bishop Dunne four-star safety Payton Hendrix (6-3, 190) when he takes his official visit this weekend.
Hendrix visited the Razorbacks with his teammate - Arkansas offensive line pledge Jovan Pruitt – this past summer unofficially and is anxious to get back for his official trek.
"I have always been very interested in Arkansas and really have a great relationship with those coaches," Hendrix said Tuesday night. "Arkansas also offers me a chance to play in the SEC, the best conference in the country."
Hendrix – the 23nd-best safety in the country per Scout.com - has already visited Notre Dame and Texas Tech.
A cousin of current Arkansas redshirting basketball player Keaton Miles, Hendrix has 21 offers and is also considering Utah, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Wake Forest.
"Where I am at in the process is I am going to take this visit to Arkansas and then decide whether I need to take anymore visits or just choose from Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas Tech," Hendrix said. "I would like to make a decision before the end of the year."
Hendrix has previously said that Notre Dame – where he took a visit with teammate and recent Irish pledge Nick Watkins on Oct. 19-20 - was his leader.
"I had a great visit there and it's a great place so there is a lot to like," Hendrix said. "But I have not made a decision on where I am going to go. Arkansas is right there for me."
He knows there is a chance for early playing time at Arkansas.
"That is certainly something that I am thinking a lot about – the chance that I would have at Arkansas to come in and play right away," Hendrix said.
Pruitt and Watkins are both pushing their positives of their respective college choices.
"They both would like me to the same school that they are going to and talk to me about why they think it would be good for me," Hendrix said. "But they are not trying to push it on me."
Bishop Dunne finished 7-5 and made it to the second round of the postseason.
"We had a pretty good season and ended up making it the second round of the playoffs," Hendrix said. "I felt like I played pretty well and got better at certain aspects of my game such as my coverage ability and my reaction to the ball."
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Tuesday's Recruiting Tidbits:
• Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr. and Alabama WR coach Billy Napier both visited North Little Rock today to see junior wide receiver K.J. Hill's hoop practice.
• Rogers linebacker Zach Wary (6-4, 220), who got an Arkansas offer last week and is visiting the Razorbacks this weekend, hosted Harvard in his home Monday night and had Memphis in Tuesday night with Oklahoma State due on Thursday.
Auburn is also planning a visit.
• Arkansas is not bringing in Wesson, Miss., Copiah-Lincoln Community College linebacker and West Virginia pledge Edward Muldrow this weekend and is passing on former junior college cornerback commit Kweishi Brown, who de-committed from Arkansas but then called and asked back in recently.
• The Razorbacks are, however, apparently moving on former Alabama and current Butler CC linebacker Tyler Hayes. No offer yet, but Razorback defensive coordinator Chris Ash did visit him on Tuesday.
There are also a plethora of other linebackers they are looking at for spots in the final nine spots.
Speaking of linebackers, Arkansas has offered another preferred walk on spot to White Hall's Austin Berry (6-1, 218), who had a whopping amount of over 150 tackles this season and posted a 30 on his ACT.
• Arkansas believes it has found a hidden gem in Fordyce wide receiver/safety Gary Cross (6-2, 190), who Lunney visited Tuesday morning.
While he may take a visit here, he is headed to junior college at least for a year.
Cross had 1,086 all-purpose yards this season. He had 27 catches for 604 yards and 9 touchdowns this season while also having 52 tackles and three picks.
He also had had 13 total touchdowns with 6 kickoff returns for 128 yards and 12 punt returns for 310 yards.
• It appears that Iowa Western defensive end Trevon Young is not going to be visiting Arkansas as he says that he will visit Ole Miss and Louisville this week.
Fort Pierce, Fla., Central defensive Rashawn Shaw - a Louisville commit and Arkansas target - is also visiting the Cards this weekend.
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