The bye week afforded the Missouri coaching staff with the opportunity to get out on the recruiting trail, and on Friday, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel spent the day in Kansas City with Assistant Coach Andy Hill. Friday evening, Coach Pinkel flew into St. Louis in a black & gold helicopter, and met up with Missouri’s St. Louis-area recruiter, Assistant Coach Cornell Ford. One of Coach Pinkel’s stops was at O’Fallon (IL), where the Panthers recorded a 21-7 win over Alton, and where Coach Ford and Coach Pinkel were able to check in on one of Missouri’s top recruiting targets, in 2014 DE prospect Dewayne Hendrix 6’5” 245 O’Fallon (IL).
Early this week, Hendrix spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about the impression that Coach Pinkel’s visit made on him, and he updated us on his recruitment.
“At first, it was just unbelievable! I wanted to watch the helicopter, but also, I had to stay focused on the game that was going on,” said Hendrix. “I just couldn’t believe it! It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen before.”
“I saw it flying in,” said Hendrix, who admitted that he knew ahead of time that Coach Pinkel was coming to his school in a helicopter. “I mean, I was excited about it, but at the same time, I knew that I had to stay focused on the game……………………………………… I took a while to look at it. Then, one of my middle linebackers said to “stay focused”. So, I tried to stay focused on the game………………………………………… I don’t even know how to describe the feeling! It was just crazy! I don’t really get that kind of feeling.”
I asked Dewayne Hendrix what his family and friends thought about Coach Pinkel’s visit?
“They took pictures and everything,” replied Hendrix, beginning to laugh. “They was pretty much amazed, just like me!”
“Not only did (the Missouri coaches) come to see me, but the head coach came to see me,” explained Hendrix. “That’s what made it so special!”
I asked Hendrix what he thinks about Missouri?
“I like (Missouri) a lot,” replied Hendrix. “They’re going to get an official visit. They’re in my top five.”
Hendrix went on to name his top five schools, including Florida, Michigan State, Missouri, Southern California, and Tennessee. He has not yet scheduled any of those official visits, which he said he will probably take after the season. He also said that all five schools “are even” right now.
Hendrix said that he’s planning to take an unofficial visit to Missouri for the South Carolina (Homecoming – October 26th) game.