2014 Ohio LB With Offer Camps At Illinois

The Fighting Illini football staff completed its summer camp season Saturday with a large turnout of talented prospects. One of the 2014 players was Dorian Hendrix, who already has an Illini offer. The linebacker arrived late but made up for it with his play in drills. He has a strong attraction to the Illini.

Dorian Hendrix appreciates the early interest he has received from Illinois.

"I have offers from Illinois, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo, and Buffalo. Illinois was not only my first BCS offer, they were my very first offer. I was very excited because it's a Big 10 school, and Big 10 football is always the best.

"I'm also hearing from Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, Kentucky, Michigan State, Northwestern and a couple other Big 10 schools."

The 2014 linebacker from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, has already formed a strong rapport with his Illini recruiting coach Alex Golesh.

"We've got a great relationship. I call him once a week. We joke around, and he asks me personal questions about school. It isn't always about football, and that's what I like about Coach Golesh. He cares about me as a person, and that's important to me."

It's easy to see why the Illini like Hendrix. Not only is he an intelligent, thoughtful young man, he is also highly talented. He leaves no doubt what his best asset is as a linebacker.


Illini camps usually begin with a timed test in the forty yard dash. Hendrix arrived late and was planning to run it after the conclusion of the camp and this interview.

"I'm hoping to get a 4.5 when I run the forty. I came from a camp yesterday, so I'm a little workout stiff. But I'm not making any excuses."

The 215 pounder is a little under 6'-0" tall and wants to improve his body before college.

"I want to continue to develop as far as strength and size."

Hendrix participated in all the drills at the UI camp and felt the experience was worthwhile.

"The camp was good. I had a great time and thought I did okay. I learn something new all the time."

He planned to stay on campus awhile after camp to see the sights and learn more about the school. From the sound of it, he knows a lot already.

"It's beautiful. I've always wondered what the stadium looked like full, so I was glad to check it out. This was my first time here.

"I'll be taking a tour after camp, and I'm excited about that. There's a lot of tradition here, with Dick Butkus and A.J. Jenkins. I'm excited to be here right now."

Hendrix has a good idea what he wants from his college choice.

"Academics first and foremost. That's always the biggest thing. Most likely, I want to major in Political Science during my college years. I'm thinking about going to Law School."

He still has plenty of time to ponder his college future, but he has incentive for drawing conclusions sooner than most of his 2014 peers.

"I'm looking forward to graduating a semester early, so I'm hoping to be committed around this time next year, if blessed enough. We'll see what happens. The recruiting process has been great, and I hope it's just the beginning."

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