DL High on UM; Will Visit

Millville, N.J. standout defensive end Dwayne Hendricks hasn't had the type of senior season he was hoping for.

"We're 2-3 right now and the playoff situation isn't looking real good right now," Hendricks said. "We just have to keep playing hard and then do some hoping."

Hendricks, who doubles as an offensive tackle, leads his team in total tackles and has added two caused fumbles, one recovery, and one interception.

"The interception was on a tipped pass," he said. "I wanted to score but I was tackled at about the 10 yard line."

At 6-foot-3 1/2 and 248 pounds, Hendricks said he projects as a defensive end in college.

"I have good size and quickness off the ball," he said. "I can get to the quarterback and play the run. I'll find the ball, too."

Hendricks has written offers from major programs all across the country, including one from Miami.

"I'm still not sure what I'm going to do," he said. "I do know that three of my visits will be Miami, UCLA, and Nebraska. Those are the only three I got. You'll have to ask my coach for the exact dates. I'm not sure on the other two yet, maybe Iowa or Michigan or somebody like that."

Hendricks came to UM for an unofficial visit to watch the Florida game last month.

"I came down with my coach and we saw a great game," he said. "The crowd was loud and the whole atmosphere was nice. Miami pulled it out and made the plays when they needed to."

The talented defensive lineman then watched the Florida State/Miami game on TV this past Saturday.

"It was a good game," he said. "I really had fun watching it. Defense is what wins big games and that's what Miami did. They came out ready to play when a lot of people weren't picking them."

Hendricks said he doesn't have a favorite right now but the Hurricanes are definitely near the top of my list.

"I like Miami as much as anyone," he said. "The thing about Miami is there is lots of competition. The more competition there is, the better player I'll become. That's what I like. I want to play with the best so I can become one of the best. Plus, they like to get players from up here. They got two (Greg Olsen and John Rochford) last year. One of their starters on the D-Line (Thomas Carroll) is from here."

Hendricks gets weekly calls from all of his current favorites, including the Hurricanes.

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