DL Talks Highly of Miami

Millville, N.J. standout defensive end Dwayne Hendricks has one game remaining this season. He's had a strong senior year. In nine games this season, Hendricks has 72 tackles, three sacks, five caused fumbles, and one interception.

"Our last game is this week," he said. "After that, I'll just start spending more time in the weight room and getting ready to play in the Army (All-American) Bowl. Me and Dwayne Jarrett are the two New Jersey guys playing."

At 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, Hendricks will then begin preparing for spring track season. He is a two-time All-Conference pick for his ability to throw the shot put (49 as a sophomore and 48 as a junior).

On the recruiting front, Hendricks has things narrowed down to five programs.

"I've already taken two of my visits," he said. "I went to Michigan when they played Purdue and I went to Iowa when they played Minnesota. I really enjoyed them both. I'm going to Virginia this weekend, Miami on January 17th and I'm probably going to go to Florida for my last one but we haven't set that up yet."

Hendricks talked about each of his recent visits.

"Michigan was really fun," he said. "They had like 112,000 people there when I went. It's amazing that many people go watch them play. They really support their team. It's a nice school and I got along with the players. They bring in guys from everywhere. Iowa was a little different. They didn't have as many people (at the game) but they're very supportive. I liked Iowa a little more because there were more players from Jersey there and I think I fit in a little better."

The talented defensive lineman is looking forward to his official visit to Miami, mainly because he got a small taste of what it'll be like when he came to Miami for an unofficial visit in early September.

"My coach and I went to the Florida/Miami game," he said. "It was unofficial and we didn't stay real long. I didn't get a chance to hang out with the players like I did at Iowa and Michigan. They had a great turnout for the game. The crowd was really into it and created a good atmosphere. Miami knows how to win. Everyone loses some games but they have done pretty well lately."

Hendricks said Virginia and Florida also have an outside chance but it appears the three schools mentioned earlier are in the driver's seat.

"I'll know more about Virginia after this weekend and then I'll be ready for my official to Miami," he said. "I'll be able to make a decision after that one."

Hendricks claims scholarship offers from all five programs and is a full academic qualifier.

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