One of the top defensive ends of the 2014 class is being sought after again, and a decision on where he’ll play next is likely less than two weeks away.
Dewayne Hendrix, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end, committed to Tennessee as part of its 2014 class and played the 2014 season for the Vols before announcing he would transfer in December. Hendrix has since heard from a number of schools.
“It’s been pretty wide open, I’ve just been considering everybody,” Hendrix told AllCyclones.com. “I’m hearing from a lot [of schools]. I’d say maybe nine or 10.”
Hendrix has visited Pittsburgh and Iowa State and has a visit to Northern Illinois scheduled for April 24. A decision from Hendrix, who was originally a four-star out of O’Fallon (Ill.) and the 16th-ranked defensive end in the 2014 class, will come shortly after that final visit.
“Right now I think I’m going to commit around April 27,” he said.
Hendrix appeared in seven games, recording two tackles, during his true freshman campaign at Tennessee. His decision for transferring has remained unclear, although reports have said he was simply unhappy.
As the top-ranked defensive end in Illinois, Hendrix was highly recruited out of high school and continued to hear from the likes of Missouri and Oregon even after his commitment to Tennessee. The three schools he will visit before his pending decision all showed interest during his first recruitment.
The recent weekend visit to Ames allowed Hendrix to get another look at the Iowa State program during its spring game.
“Basically I just learned how the coaches operate, what kind of defense they run, just things like that,” Hendrix said. “Coach [Paul] Rhoads has been recruiting me a lot, too, pretty tough. They see me off the edge.”
Hendrix will sit out during the 2015 season per NCAA rules regarding transfers. He would have four years to play three following that season.
“I wouldn’t say [it’s difficult],” Hendrix said of needing to take a year off. “I just look at it as an advantage. I just have to take advantage of that year sitting out.”
While Hendrix said he doesn’t have a current list, his visits seem to point to three leaders in Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Northern Illinois in no particular order. That will be narrowed to one in less than two weeks.