Quinn Hendel Gets Plenty of High Major Interest

Quinn Hendel, a 6-3, 215-pound running back from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata High, rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries to lead the Trojans to a 30-15 win over Class AAA defending champion. He rushed 14 times for 111 yards in the first half, but leg cramps and 27 consecutive points for the Trojans kept him relatively quiet in the second half. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Hendel after the season opener to find out the latest on his recruitment.


Quinn Hendel led the Trojans in rushing last season with 189 carries for 1,263 yards. He scored ten touchdowns for the Blaze, who finished 8-3. Hendel also ran track for Wayzata and a season-best 11.2 in the 100 meters and 23.25 in the 200. He also ran the 4 X 200 meter relay. Hendel is considered one of the top prospects in the state and his recruitment has picked up in the last few weeks. He attended the Gophers scrimmage nearly two weeks ago.


What is the latest on the recruitment?


"Right now, it is Boston College, Colorado, Illinois, most of the Big Ten programs like Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa. Several teams were supposed to come to my first few games. I don't know who came exactly. So, we'll just see what happens. I'll play linebacker the next few games for a significant amount. So, if I can stay healthy, I think that it will be very good."


You guys made some big plays in the second half, scoring 27 points in 4:35. This meant that you got few rushing opportunities in the second half. So, while it is a great win, I'm sure that you would have liked to play more.


"I wish I was out there the whole time. I had a great first half and I wanted to keep that momentum going with that touchdown in the third quarter. It was frustrating, so I hope that it never happens again. I'm going to take care of my body more. It was a leg cramp. Not keeping enough water with me in the extreme heat and the first time being on the field in a long time."


Have you talked anymore about taking some visits?


"Actually, I am going to Iowa unofficially Friday for their Saturday game against Kent State. I'm going down there for one or two days to see what the program is like. Illinois called me last night, so we'll see how that goes. They want to see me as a fullback and outside linebacker, since I am too tall as a tailback. Whatever happens, happens."


Have you thought much about what you would like to major in?


"Probably commercial real estate and micro economics. Financial business. Well see what happens. I'm just kind of excited about this big win."


Have you taken the ACT yet?


 "I took the ACT and got a 21."



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